Four decades ago as a battle raged across the country -- and in Congress -- over sending white students to majority-black schools and black students to majority-white schools often far away from their own neighborhoods. Biden forcefully opposed the government's role in trying to integrate schools, saying he favored desegregation, but believed busing did not achieve equal opportunity. sought support from -- some of the Senate's most fervent segregationists.
'My bill strikes at the heart of the injustice of court-ordered busing. It prohibits the federal courts from disrupting our educational system in the name of the constitution where there is no evidence that the governmental officials intended to discriminate,' Biden wrote to fellow senators on March 25, 1977. 'I believe there is a growing sentiment in the Congress to curb unnecessary busing.'