SCHOOL SEGREGATION IN AMERICA IS AS BAD TODAY AS IT WAS IN THE 1960S

SCHOOL SEGREGATION IN AMERICA IS AS BAD TODAY AS IT WAS IN THE 1960S

Ronald Reagan came to North Carolina on October 8, 1984, a month before American voters would decide whether to give him another four years in the White House. In 1980, running against Jimmy Carter, he’d won the state by only 39,000 votes, but it was now morning in America again, and the president was in an appropriately sunny mood as his rally began, shortly after noon, in downtown Charlotte.

As is customary in politics, Reagan praised his audience, then himself. Soon, he turned to attacking the Democrats, whom he accused of keeping people “in bondage as wards of the state.” They wanted dependents, not citizens. And instead of listening to Americans, liberals would tell Americans what to do.

To illustrate his point, Reagan alluded to a matter of fierce contention across the South: the court-ordered integration of public schools and the yellow buses that frequently made that integration happen, carrying white children to predominantly black schools and black children to white ones.

But there was no cheering, no applause, only the stony silence that accompanies an errant note. And when a reaction did come, it was in the form of a Charlotte Observer editorial titled, flatly, “You Were Wrong, Mr. President.” The paper’s editors chided Reagan, writing that Charlotte’s “proudest achievement of the past 20 years is not the city’s impressive new skyline or its strong, growing economy. Its proudest achievement is its fully integrated schools.” -Source: NewsWeek.com

That now has changed, these laws have been systematically reversed. Gentrification has begun. Lack of participation from African Americans in city council meetings continue to plumit due to lack of hope in a corrupt system. This will only lead to more separation. Low income black and Latino communities continue to receive lower level education and less resources then their counter parts. While more affluent majority white communities continue to achieve higher test scores and more resources.

Many ask what can be done. Are we to far gone? We need to come together NOT fall apart.

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