Civil rights pioneer laments school segregation: 'You almost feel like you’re back in the ​60s'


Ruby Bridges, who, on November 14, 1960, became the first black student in a previously all-while New Orleans elementary school, observes that racism in the US remains very real.

“You almost feel like you’re back in the 60s,” said Bridges, who is now 60 years old. “The conversation across the country, and it doesn’t leave out New Orleans, is that schools are reverting” to being segregated along racial lines, she said. “We all know that there are schools being segregated again.”


Big difference between school segregation in the 60’s, and now: back then, segregation was enforced by custom and law. Civil rights gave black and minority students the right to go to any public school in their district without racial discrimination.–indeed, desegregation was legally enforced, often with great inconvenience to black families who had children bussed miles from home in several different schools.
Now that blacks have asserted their rights, they are more comfortable in, and often prefer majority-black schools. Some of the pioneering civil rights oldsters resent and do not understand this; It is a pity but after all, civil rights was about going to the schools you preferred, a freedom which we now have. If black students don’t want to attend a school where they are a minority, that is their choice. Not everybody is enthusiastic about diversity for the sake of diversity.


Children go to the school nearest to them. White kids live in white neighborhoods. Black kids live in black neighborhoods. It’s not that hard to figure out.



My thoughts exactly.


School segregation, which had been in decline for twenty-five years, increased after the 1991 Oklahoma City Board of Ed v. Dowell ruling, which ended federal desegregation mandates. Since then, the emphasis has been on accountability measures that assume educational opportunities can be equally achieved in separate - affluent vs. poor - schools.

Furthermore, desegregation efforts never really targeted Latino students, who are significantly more segregated than their black counterparts, especially in suburban school districts. In Texas, California, and New York, more than 50 percent of all Latino students attend schools that are more than 90 percent minority.

Similarly, more than have of all black students in Michigan, Illinois, and Maryland attend schools that are more than 90 percent minority.

Housing policies play big role in this. Families with means move to wealthier areas where schools have more funding, more experienced teachers, and fewer teachers teaching outside their credentialed area. Those affluent families tend to be white and Asian. Disparate school funding formulas also play a huge part.

The US sees desegregation as something that was attempted and which failed, or as something that isn’t needed anymore. The reality says otherwise.


". . . The US sees desegregation as something that was attempted and which failed, or as something that isn’t needed anymore. The reality says otherwise. "

You need to realize that racial segregation is different from demographic segregation.
Poor people live in poor school districts which can be black, Latino, or gasp! poor white.
They are segregated for economic, rather than racial, reasons.

This will not change as the “gumment” cannot eliminate poverty, no matter what promises all the political parties make. (As Our Lord said, “The poor you always have with you.” ) Marxist Leninist states attempted to eliminate poverty, – and artificially, temporarily, did so; But I think the poorest, worst single-race school would prefer not to go the totalitarian route to an Orwellian “social equality” in which it always, strangely, happens that “some are more equal than others.” When the poor become rich(er) they MOVE; and often enroll their children in private schools. It’s called social mobility for a reason :smiley:


The inconvenience was not limited to Blacks. I and other Whites who lived in the country were bussed to inner city schools.


How did that go for you?


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