Resident activists file suit against the Ferguson-Florissant School District and the St. Louis County Board of Elections under the Voting Rights Act. Plaintiffs allege that the existing at-large system dilutes neighborhood power in areas with black-majority students. According to court documents, the plaintiffs say:
Despite the fact that African-Americans are almost half of the School District’s population and are a substantial majority of its students, there has never been adequate representation of African-Americans on the Board.
The defendants contend that the Ferguson-Florissant School District has an adequate history of minority representation under the current system.
The Internal Revenue Service reviews the tax-exempt status of the NAACP, citing concerns over a speech given by Chairman Bond at its annual convention in Philadelphia. The IRS tells the association it has received information that Bond conveyed “statements in opposition of George W. Bush for the office of presidency” and specifically that he had “condemned the administration policies of George W. Bush in education, the economy and the war in Iraq. Bond defends his remarks:
This is an attempt to silence the NAACP on the very eve of a presidential election. We are best known for registering and turning out large numbers of African-American voters. Clearly, someone in the I.R.S. doesn’t want that to happen. It’s Orwellian to believe that criticism of the president is not allowed or that the president is somehow immune from criticism.
NAACP elects Bond as board chairman and he serves for 10 years.
When everybody else was getting worked up, I could find in Julian a cool serious analysis of what was going on.