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Opinion, by Michael Royster

RIO DE JANEIRO, BRAZIL - “Brown vs. Board of Education” is without doubt the single best known judicial decision in the history of the world. On May 17, 1954, a unanimous United States Supreme Court (SCOTUS) held that segregated schools were inherently unequal, and hence unconstitutional. On April 26th, 2012, the Brazilian Supreme Court (STF) issued a unanimous decision that should have, for Brazil, the same effect as “Brown vs. Board” had for the U.S..

This is ironic, because had the Brazilian case (which we will call “DEM vs. UnB”) been decided by SCOTUS, the result . . .

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