The Slow, Steady Resegregation of Schools in America

From Nikole Hannah-Jones at The New York Times Magazine

I came across four excellent pieces in the last couple days that focus on the continued inequities of African-Americans in the US. This is #4.

The common assumption is that after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision in 1954, the integration of schools across America began and is no longer an issue today. In practice, after choppy but continued progress for several decades after the Supreme Court’s decision, school integrations peaked in the 1980s and then began to reverse.

In 1964, just 2 percent of black children in the South attended majority-white schools; by 1972, more than a third did. Clemon was barely 30, and elated. Progress seemed unstoppable.

This is a long piece, but it uses a recent court case about a mostly white town in Alabama wanting to rezone their school district as an example of the resegregation of schools that has been happening under the surface for the last few decades.