Segregation NOW…



Donald Sterling, owner of the L.A. Clippers, has made his opinion abundantly clear about blacks, regardless of whether blacks play for the Clippers or that his girlfriend is part black and part Hispanic.  Sterling and people like him are not the problem – almost laughable in their public flaunting of civil rights.

The problem is resegregating public schools.  “Resegregating?”  That’s not a word, but it is an action that is described in an article in “The Atlantic”  by Nikole Hannah-Jones/ProPublica.  That article: “Segregation Now.”  The article can be found at  where there are also classic pictures.  Some facts from the article:

*  “In 2000 a federal judge released Tuscaloosa City Schools from the court-ordered desegregation mandate that governed it for a single generation. ”

*  Tuscaloosa “had successfully achieved integration, the district had argued.  It could be trusted to manage that success going forward.”

*  “The city-wide high school is gone replaced by three smaller schools.”

*  “A struggling school serving the city’s poorest part of town is 99% black.”  “Predominantly white neighborhoods adjacent to this school have been gerrymandered into the attendance zones of other, whiter schools.”

*  In Tuscaloosa education “involves the removal and isolation of poor black students, in particular, from everyone else.”

*  “In Tuscaloosa nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.  “Since 2000 judges have released hundreds of school districts, from Mississippi to Virginia, from court-enforced integration, and many of these districts have followed the same path as Tuscaloosa’s – back toward segregation.”

*  “Black children across the South  now attend majority-black schools at levels not seen in four decades.”

*  Nationally the achievement gap between black and white students, which greatly narrowed during the era in which schools grew more integrated, widened as they became less so.”

*  …a new term, apartheid schools – meaning schools whose white population is 1 percent or less – has entered the scholarly lexicon.  While most of these schools are in the Northeast and Midwest, some 12 percent of black students in the South now attend such schools – a figure likely to rise as court oversight continues to wane.”

*In 1972, due to strong federal enforcement, only about 25 percent of black students in the South attended schools in which at least nine out of 10 students were racial minorities.  In districts released from desegregation orders between 1990 and 2011, 53 percent of black students now attend such schools according to an analysis by ProPublica.”

The article by Hannah-Jones discusses the fate of education in one particular family and in one particular high school over three generations.  Tuscaloosa was a town that had reached nirvana for the second generation only to have it taken away in the third.  Donald Sterling is a pimple on the butt of segregation while apartheid schools are a frightening indication of the future of education in the United States.





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