Current Connection #2 ED253 – Ayanna Lyons

Ayanna Lyons

Dr. Shutkin

ED 253- Current Connection #2

March 3, 2022

The selected reading is called The Radical Supreme Court Decision at America Forgot. One theme of this article is the debate between desegregation and segregation. The case Green v. New Kent passed in 1968 on May 27th. This case made it where you can now choose what school you wanted to attend. Therefore, most people still decided to attend a school of their own race. For example, there are still all-black schools or all-white schools. Furthermore, you can attend either one of these schools if you are not in the predominantly race group of the school because it is illegal to deny someone. However, Segregation is still happening today in schools even though the Green v. New Kent case has been passed. According to the article, it states that ““Freedom of choice” placed the onus of integration on individual students and parents, who had to opt to cross the color line themselves, facing social stigma, and, in the case of black parents and children, enduring severe discrimination” (Stancil Will). This is something that is very evident even in today’s schools because some schools are not welcoming to different races. Which, can stem from the administration staff to the teachers or the students. From my own experience, I am black attending a predominantly white university and I have faced some discrimination so far. The discrimination that I have faced at the university has been mostly biased racism. In other words, certain topics are discussed and this leads to all eyes centering on me which makes me feel very uncomfortable. This is implicit bias in which someone doesn’t even realize that they are being racist. Unfortunately, this is something that black people and other races that are not white may have to face each and every day. This assigned reading uses evidence such as references because when it talks about how the Supreme court decided 5-4 to limit the federal courts’ power to desegregate schools in the suburbs, it also mentioned, “(There is evidence that Nixon had made some of his appointments— including future Chief Justice William Rehnquist—promise to oppose busing.)” (Stancil Will). Also, there was numerical evidence presented because the article mentions that, “The rural county, with a population of about 5,300, had previously operated two separate elementary schools, one for white children and one for black children. As the school board intended, the segregation of those schools survived the new choice-based plan: Only 15 percent of black children enrolled in the formerly white school. Predictably, not a single white child enrolled in the formerly black school” (Stancil Will). There was a political perspective of this assigned reading because it was a political decision that is talked about. In terms of what the article is focusing on it is more of a progressive view. This article does a good job by providing multiple effects of this decision. This article provides a clear overview of the culture that was created based on the supreme court decision. According to the article it says, “The most violent episodes of white resistance, like the infamous Boston busing riots, were limited, but they contributed to a political consensus that the Supreme Court’s integrative project was naive to racial realities” (Stancil Will). This quote shows how the article is providing a good culture analysis. The specific part in the assigned reading that I decided to focus on is the purpose of the supreme court decision. According to the article it says, “The Supreme Court was describing something more malevolent than mere racial classifications. It was recognizing the purpose of those classifications: to create a system of tiered education, akin to a caste hierarchy. And the Court was clear who was being targeted by that system: black students, who had been permanently relegated to an inferior role” (Stancil Will). Though the supreme court decision was supposed to fix the tiered hierarchy system and be a reparative process, it really didn’t succeed because today many schools are still segregated. Obviously, not legally but they are still segregated and resources are still distributed unequally. The current article that I decided to focus on is called Why U.S. Schools Are Still Segregated – And One Idea To Help Change That. An important quote from this article is, “Back in 1954, the Supreme Court ruled in Brown v. Board of Education that racial segregation in schools was unconstitutional. But many would say that segregation in American schools is still very much a reality today…Your team found that predominantly white schools get $23 billion a year more than predominantly nonwhite schools” (Chang, Ailsa). Segregated schools are still a reality today. Just the fact that team researchers found that mostly white schools get 23 billion more a year than non-white schools says a lot within itself. This shows that there is still a clear racial separation in schools and still a clear racial hierarchy that the previous supreme court decision was supposed to solve but didn’t. 

Works Cited

Ailsa Chang. “Why U.S. Schools Are Still Segregated – And One Idea To Help Change That.” All Things Considered (NPR), July 2020. EBSCOhost, https://search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=nfh&AN=6XN2020070706&site=ehost-live.

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