Apartheid in our schools
By Derrick Z. Jackson Globe Columnist
The Boston Globe
September 21, 2010
WHEN PRESIDENT Obama took office in January 2009, the UCLA's
Civil Rights Project reported that segregation patterns in
public schools 'were far worse in 2006 than in 1988."
Eighteen months later, a new study has shown how much worse
the patterns are. Diversitydata.org, supported by the Kellogg
Foundation and the Harvard School of Public Health, has
published figures compiled by Northeastern University
researchers that found 'gross levels of disparity."
Mocking any rhetoric about democracy and equal opportunity,
the new study says children of color 'continue to attend very
different schools than white children." That is a polite way
of saying we are reverting to what the Kerner Commission
Report on urban unrest found: 'two societies, one black, one
white - separate and unequal."
In Chicago, the average black student goes to a public school
that is 74 percent black while the average white student goes
to a school that is 6 percent black. Boston was among the 10
worst major metropolitan areas in its ratios of segregation
for African-American and Latino students, and third for white
students having the lowest exposure to fellow students in
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