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60 Years Ago Today, The Supreme Court Told Schools to Desegregate. Here's How Fast We're Backsliding.

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The changes required by Brown v. Board of Education decision were not immediate, but they were profound and lasting. Today, schools in the South are the least segregated for black students in the nation.

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Michael Ehline (2)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 7:29 am
Seems to me like a lot of black communities want to segregate themselves.

Gene J (290)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 8:03 am
"The changes required by Brown v. Board of Education decision were not immediate, but they were profound and lasting."

True except for that last word. The 1% and their minions have discovered that charter schools are a really good way to send their children to schools where they never have to mingle with unwashed masses including all white children whose parents can't afford private school tuition - unless their child is gifted in some way the private school covets, then an athletic or academic or arts scholarship can be made available. Public education in this country, despite the wealth of wonderful, caring and brilliant teachers is under attack in every state where republicans have taken control. The republican party no longer believes that a well educated populace is in the nation's best interest - a more short sighted idea is hard to imagine, but in a global economy, I guess they figure their kids can run things here even if they have to mingle with the wealthy kids from other nations. They are trying to create a two class society and are actually doing well at it, the upper 2% and the poor/working poor. Not the American dream most of us were raised to believe in, not any more. We need take back that dream and make it our truth, for all our children, not just the rich ones.

Sue H (7)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 8:53 am

. (0)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 9:27 am
I agree with Gene's response. The only other answer would be a nassive busing program. This of course would lead to higher taxes, and outraged parents who would be outraged that the idea of a neighborhood school would no longer exist.

Gabriele Jefferson (147)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 12:41 pm
noted, shared on fb, twitter, g+, thx.

Lois Jordan (63)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 4:16 pm
Noted. Thanks, Cal. Yes, I agree with Gene's comment, too. The Koch's State Policy Network working in conjunction with their other rightwing-based organizations is destroying public education. It sickens me.

Robert O (12)
Saturday May 17, 2014, 6:12 pm
Ditto on agreeing with Gene. As long as the elitists (many of them racist and pro-separatist) hold all the cards there will be no such thing as an American dream unless you're part of the 1%, otherwise it'll all just be a veritable nightmare.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 1:14 am
Well put Gene you said it all.

Past Member (0)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 2:57 am

Sheryl G (360)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 5:34 am
They know it isn't acceptable to be openly racist or thumbing their nose at even the poor whites so it is these sly and subtle policies that do the same thing. Voter ID is also part of it, having polling places that serve 6,500 people if in a white or more well to do section while closing other polling places so that in the poorer sections and the minority sections it's 65,000 to serve. Long lines discourage voters. It's subtle, if you don't know these things and they can say, no one is preventing anyone to vote.........but the rest of the story is, IF they can leap through the hoops and jump over all the hurtles. An uneducated public is less likely to question policies and are more easy to control.

Jonathan Harper (0)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 6:27 am

Rhonda B (99)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 10:07 am
Noted. Thank you Cal.

Panchali Yapa (26)
Sunday May 18, 2014, 10:08 am
Thank you

Lindsay K (6)
Monday May 19, 2014, 11:32 am
Noted. Sadly, the work to bring about complete equality and an end to racism is far from over!
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