January 13, 2021

Segregation between Black and white students increases as U.S. diversifies

Russell Contreras, writing for Axios

Black and white school segregation has deepened toward pre-Civil Rights Movement-era numbers despite decades of strides.

This places Black students into school districts with fewer resources than white students — but in more diverse settings than in 1968, since the percentage of Latino and Asian American students has skyrocketed.

The whole piece is worth a read, but I don’t find any of it surprising. I know where I live, minorities have been largely cornered into the same part of town for the past two decades that I’ve lived here. Meanwhile, the new expansions to the city are vastly populated by whites. I’m not going to speak for everyone who moves to the suburbs, so race may or may not be a direct factor for those moves, but one thing I know is true is that Blacks often aren’t offered the same opportunities for jobs, bank loans, etc.. This directly effects their opportunities to move to these same neighborhoods, which often come with newer and better equipped schools (there’s two high schools currently being built on the edge of town in my city).

All of this goes to show the subliminal effects of white supremacy in this country. All of this is subtle to most people. It’s not as jarring as the images of the police with their knees on Black necks. But, it’s just as damaging. Until the social fabric of this country is significantly altered, significant change isn’t going to happen.

Flashback: “Our nation is moving toward two societies, one black, one white—separate and unequal,” the 1968 Kerner Commission report warned.

“What white Americans have never fully understood — but what the Negro can never forget — is that white society is deeply implicated in the ghetto. White institutions created it, white institutions maintain it, and white society condones it.”