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2. US Schools are More Segregated Today than in the 1950s

Source:
The Civil Rights Project, UCLA, January 2009
Title: “Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society: A 21st Century Challenge”
Author: Gary Orfield

Student Researchers:  Rena Hawkins, Southwest Minnesota State University
Melissa Robinson, Sonoma State University
Faculty Evaluator:  Sangeeta Sinha, PhD
Southwest Minnesota State University

Schools in the United States are more segregated today than they have been in more than four decades. Millions of non-white students are locked into “dropout factory” high schools, where huge percentages do not graduate, and few are well prepared for college or a future in the US economy.

According to a new Civil Rights report published at the University of California, Los Angeles, schools in the US are 44 percent non-white, and minorities are rapidly emerging as the majority of public school students in the US.  Latinos and blacks, the two largest minority groups, attend schools more segregated today than during the civil rights movement forty years ago. In Latino and African American populations, two of every five students attend intensely segregated schools.  For Latinos this increase in segregation reflects growing residential segregation. For blacks a significant part of the reversal reflects the ending of desegregation plans in public schools throughout the nation. In the 1954 case Brown v. Board of Education, the US Supreme Court concluded that the Southern standard of “separate but equal” was “inherently unequal,” and did “irreversible” harm to black students. It later extended that ruling to Latinos.

The Civil Rights Study shows that most severe segregation in public schools is in the Western states, including California—not in the South, as many people believe. Unequal education leads to diminished access to college and future jobs. Most non-white schools are segregated by poverty as well as race. Most of the nation’s dropouts occur in non-white public schools, leading to large numbers of virtually unemployable young people of color.

Schools in low-income communities remain highly unequal in terms of funding, qualified teachers, and curriculum. The report indicates that schools with high levels of poverty have weaker staffs, fewer high-achieving peers, health and nutrition problems, residential instability, single-parent households, high exposure to crime and gangs, and many other conditions that strongly affect student performance levels. Low-income campuses are more likely to be ignored by college and job market recruiters. The impact of funding cuts in welfare and social programs since the 1990s was partially masked by the economic boom that suddenly ended in the fall of 2008. As a consequence, conditions are likely to get even worse in the immediate future.

In California and Texas segregation is spreading into large sections of suburbia as well. This is the social effect of years of neglect to civil rights policies that stressed equal educational opportunity for all. In California, the nation’s most multiracial state, half of blacks and Asians attend segregated schools, as do one quarter of Latino and Native American students. While many cities came under desegregation court orders during the civil rights era, most suburbs, because they had few minority students at that time, did not. When minority families began to move to the suburbs in large numbers, there was no plan in place to attain or maintain desegregation, appropriately train teachers and staff, or recruit non-white teachers to help deal with new groups of students.  Eighty-five percent of the nation’s teachers are white, and little progress is being made toward diversifying the nation’s teaching force.

In states that now have a substantial majority of non-white students, failure to provide quality education to that majority through high school and college is a direct threat to the economic and social future of the general population. In a world economy, success is linked to formal education. Major sections of the US face the threat of declining education levels as the proportion of children attending inferior segregated schools continues to increase.

Rural schools also face severe segregation. In the days of civil rights struggles, small towns and rural areas were seen as the heart of the most intense racism. Of 8.3 million rural white students, 73 percent attend schools that are 80 to100 percent white.

Our nation’s segregated schools result from decades of systematic neglect of civil rights policy and related educational and community reforms.
According to the UCLA report, what is needed are leaders who recognize that we have a common destiny in an America where our children grow up together, knowing and respecting each other, and are all given the educational tools that prepare them for success in our society. The author maintains that if we are to continue along a path of deepening separation and entrenched inequality it will only diminish our common potential.

  • Al June 10, 2010

    As part of the 1964 Civil Rights Act, Congress required the President to
    determine just what it was that caused kids in school to learn. So statistics
    were collected nation-wide and the analysis was published as Equality of
    Educational Opportunity. It was accused of being “anti-education.”The book is out of print and expensive, A symposium was held at Harvard, to address
    the criticism of the book. The Harvard paper was published as On Equality
    of Educational Opportunity. One significant in the report is this:
    “When the performance of a child in school is adjusted for the
    educational and cultural level of his parents, there is nothing
    left for the school to effect.”

  • Luff June 21, 2010

    As being part of one of the schools where drop outs have risen and minority groups have too I’ve personally noticed that the segregration is because these people are not born in the US and migrate to here. They have troubles picking up all the English but are not stupid in anyway. They stick to their minority group because that is where they feel most comfortable and they all speak the same language. =/ it’s not as if we don’t make them feel welcomed here or anything it’s just an automatic thing that happens.

  • kim switzer July 1, 2010

    I find it scandalous that no one recognizes what has really been done to the school system.
    1st) you need to recognize that segregation is in effect in every ISD, and that this segregation is far more than race or creed. Literally more than 1/2 the population of children.
    2nd) you need to look at all the statutes and acts, in passed in regard to the ISD, and directly affecting the children. These kids are ‘acting out’ because of extreme abuse that is authorized and habitualized by the statutes. You need to look at them with an eye to what is termed “Deceptive Contracts” and the use of words with two senses…they have slipped it over on us.
    3rd) you must finally recognize, that what has happened is that the name “school” and “teaching” was kept, but all the rules, regulations, statutes, etc., have changed beneath it. It is no longer a teaching institution. This was deliberate.

    • Jordanpk96 April 3, 2012

      funding in united states school systems reflect growing residential segregation. the fact is… this also leads to racial segregation due to our history of discrimination against minorities. funding the schools (mostly inner city and rural) that really need it is the answer. this does not mean stop funding other public schools however. this takes us to a bigger issue regarding the taxation of the wealthy. (they should no doubt be taxed more) in order to fund public schools and help the children of America succeed, we must spend our taxes on schools and other projects that protect those who need a chance at opportunity. I can speak firsthand, having moved from the inner city to the suburbs. I saw a dramatic change and realized the truth. my level of education has increased and it’s not right. ( im not saying thats a bad thing, im just saying its unfair that i couldnt get as good of an education in the city schools) Also the number of minorities attending my new school is much less. equal opportunity who’s with me!!?

      • Hannahcstone April 22, 2012

        i think we should all be in schools together not to be seperatedd some people become best friends in schools so i think we sould not let only be the whites be speciel but i think all should be speciel!!!!!!!

    • sarah October 31, 2013

      yaaaaaaaaasssss

  • peter shapiro August 7, 2010

    in a time if increasing operational world wide scarcity, the winners will consolidate and protect their winnings while the losers are left to die….
    from the end of J. Conrad’s Heart of Darkness: the horror! the horror!

  • Rob September 25, 2010

    The last school where I taught is a charter school, and quite an excellent one. About a month into my contract, one of the teaches asked me, “Haven’t you figured out that almost everyone here is Mormon?”

    I hadn’t thought about it, but even the secretary talked about “her mission”, and it turned out that the principal and some of the teachers (also excellent), and apparently a large percentage of the pupils’ families were Mormons.

    Despite the fact that the school was quite good, it never sat right with me that a religious group was able to form what was effectively a private parochial school with taxpayer money.

    It seems, and probably is, illegal and unconstitutional.

  • Steve September 25, 2010

    Schools were a lot better before President Carter started the Federal Department of Education.

    Abolishing it and giving the full responsibility back to the local communities would be a great start.

    Another great down fall was The efforts of Linden Johnson. Black families have gotten ever more weaker since the start of the Great Society. The mid 1960’s was a peak in terms of Graduating rates and literacy rates for Blacks. I always thought this was his real intention…what more could you expect from a white racist democrat?

  • Ava Connor September 30, 2010

    It’s more of a social problem really. Ever since racism was born, there have been big doors for scholastic conflicts.

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  • persefone October 14, 2010

    I have unfortunately observed some insidious demonstrations of segregation in desegregated classrooms today. As I type, there are still sexist, racist teachers who can, will and do segregate students without consequence. How? How can this happen? They simply seperate, segregate, sever, ignore those they wish to eliminate. With this method, a teacher safeguards her/himself from our legal consequences of descrimination. The teacher enjoys the academic freedom within the hallowed halls of learning. Despite the deplorable behavior, the teacher, unquestioned, has no obligation, no interest, no duty to answer to any one. Sexual and racial segregation strangle the psyches of their intended targets. I am in a classroom now where this happens. Women and minorities (asian, black, hispanics, anyone not caucasion and/male) are simply ignored. The teacher refuses to call on, look at, even respond to anyone in this group. We may as well be invisible. If a young woman interrupts, instructor disregards, turns away from, pretends not to hear, dismisses her very existence or scowls and/or scolds. Only the white males may interrupt, speak out of turn, be called on, be heard. Their ideas (no matter how sexually biased, demeaning, misogynistic) are brilliant and met with rapturous praise. The class reading material is worse than barbaric, paternistic, and down right infuriating! I can’t wait until it is finally over!

  • Kris W October 19, 2010

    Not too bright, it is true that African American males have the highest drop out rates but they are the “Canary in the Coal mine” for all American male students(as a Class they are more likely to face poverty as a total whole). If you look at all races it is unacceptably high. A direct result of the feminist war on boy’s.

  • Kris W October 19, 2010

    P.S persefone, what the heck are you smoking? For well over the last decade girl’s have been dominating the honor rolls while boy’s have been dominating the drop-out rolls. Unless your in Utah I have a hard time accepting your rhetoric.

    And judging by your mindless and predictable feminist rant you are indeed a female supremacist.

    • blah September 30, 2013

      LOL female supremacist! That’s hilarious. Kris you’re a great example of why male blacks fail. You’re agressive, paranoid, and don’t have much going on in that head of yours. And family dynamic has alot to do with it. Many black fathers leave the kids to do drugs and ‘bang more chicks’ so their sons grow up without a father only to do the same when they impregnate a woman. It’s an un-ending cycle. Now you can blame women or the whites as long as you want but you can also just accept the truth. But that’s no fun is it? You want a conspiracy theory, all bimbos do.

  • Kris W October 19, 2010

    Steve, Johnson hated African Americans(when he was in the senate he helped the Democrats block Civil Rights legislation Republicans tried to pass and the only reason he supported it as President was because it was inevitable. It would of happened even if he vetoed it, P.S it was Eisenhower who desegregated the military and America’s schools) and did everything he could to stall and interrupt the Civil Rights movement. He refereed to the people protesting as “uppity ^^%$$#%”.

    It is pathetic how much the Democratic Party has brainwashed people about the past(look it up).

  • Samantha M November 16, 2010

    Racism is absolutely not something “that just happens”. It is a societal structure, created to keep certain people in certain places and to allow those in power to keep it that way. True, many of the minorities in the United States have immigrated here from a variety of other places. However, it is always in search of a better life. I don’t condone people illegaly coming into the country; I believe citizenship is the proper approach. However, while people are here — be it illegally — it is the obligation of all others, as decent human beings, to treat them respectfully and to more importantly, teach the children of these families. As a teacher, my job is to provide a quality, culturally responsive education to all students — their status as an immigrant has nothing to do with it.

  • White Male December 2, 2010

    “Eighty-five percent of the nation’s teachers are white, and little progress is being made toward diversifying the nation’s teaching force.” It is not the governments job to “diversify”. Its their job to protect us.

    I don’t like racism and I do think everyone could use more tolerance, but affirmative action is racism. How many generations after racist crimes were allowed must we make up for the past? In my opinion 1 if any at all. The idea is to eliminate racism not create more.

    So would selectivley picking individuals based on race to be educated to be teachers or allowing for some regulation that a school must meet a certain percentage of minority teachers nopt be racist? It is the job of individuals to persure those careers.

    How are schools segregated? Because white people are going to private schools because the government isn’t funding schools enough? You state these statistics but you have no backing for where the actual segregation is caused.

    • Jace July 8, 2011

      Again another person who speaks without thinking. Tell me if whites where forced from their homes and forced to be made slaves for over a hundred years, and when finally freedom, and killed for wanting more freedoms and liberties, how would that make you fill? If the government knew people of color would be given the same fair opportunities as whites there would be no need; but that not how our society works or thinks for the most part. The reason most school districts are underfunded is because our current school system funding is set up by property taxes and then the schools receive those funds. The problem with this is that the rich have done everything in their power to not have funding collected and then split the funding equally between the school districts. Do some research and then come back and talk.

      • Anonymous July 9, 2011

        Beat that slavery drum a little harder I think you could get a few more miles from it while your Kenyan daddy is shacked up in the White House.

        • Octavyadxn October 6, 2011

          That sounded racist to me. Yes, our president is black but that have not change the fact that whites still get a better education than us black folks.

        • Dsmith November 22, 2011

          You sound very dumb and extremely racist. You obviously take an abundance of knowledge let alone depth as a person. You are a disgrace to society. Move past the ignorance not towards it.

        • Hyltonkp43 November 28, 2011

          what da hell did we BLACK people do to u, all i heard from that was dumb ignorant crap  from white trash 

          • Anonymous November 29, 2011

            U MAD BRO?

        • Anferny December 5, 2011

          I am African american and does not like.
           

      • Dan B. January 9, 2012

        Blacks were conquered and sold by Black Kings from the winning tribe to the highest bidder, you cannot even make the comparison, White’s would never allow this to happen due to education and IQ intelligence, and a few other traits. Why are Blacks in America so much more intelligent than Blacks in Africa? simple White education system.

        • Guest January 17, 2012

          Blacks in America are more intelligent than those in Africa (whatever than means)? First, where did you get that from? Second, whites have done a lot of “education” in Africa during colonization. Most African countries have an education system inspired by that of “the whites.” My guess is: intelligence doesn’t have a lot to do with skin color.

    • Penny March 12, 2014

      “Eighty-five percent of the nation’s teachers are white” and that problem is even MORE acute in Math and the “hard” sciences. I would guess that it’s more like 95-98% of teachers of Math and the “hard” sciences – at least nationwide. The looks of surprise and the disbelief that I get hit with in parts of the country I’ve been in when I tell them I have a MATH teaching license, say more than actual words. An unspoken “people who look like YOU aren’t supposed to be good at those subjects” is what is meant by those surprised looks and refusal to believe me. I tell people that I keep my boyfriend even over long distance because he was the first person in a LONG TIME who wasn’t surprised that I have a brain – I get so damn tired of getting that from SOCIETY and the job market, too, that that’s why I’m resorting to teaching ONLINE and doing other jobs ONLINE where I don’t have to be SEEN – that and trying to get ASL Interpreter certified so that I can teach the DEAF who haven’t treated me like that. It all fits into place. Part of the country’s segregation in K-12 schooling results in people being surprised that I DIDN’T grow up in a bad area with bad schools and low ACT scores and unable to do Math let alone get into GOOD colleges and get a Math teaching license from a northeastern state which DOES have standards. Even when I tell people I have a Math teaching license they get surprised that it’s from a state that ranks 16th from the TOP in this nation in terms of K-12 education.

      In a nutshell, when you PRESUME that teachers, especially in Math and the “hard” sciences, are SUPPOSED TO BE White, then you’ll treat like absolute dirt any non-white who does manage to make it in those fields in spite of having had all kinds of naysayers around her her entire life. Normally I get hit with the sublety. The “you couldn’t possibly be a “real” Math teacher” or “you’re not really that smart” sort of rubbish. Or they’ll ignore my degrees and teaching credentials once they can SEE me. I’ll be in front of a classroom and get asked if I’m a “real” teacher or “do you know Math” or even if I even went to college. This is the world you create when you have a society in which it’s assumed that teachers need to be white or else we’re “not real teachers.”

      I’m so sick and tired of getting the reaction from people that I must be the “wrong color” to be good at Math and Physics that I could just haul off and scalp every single person of any race who echoes any of those sentiments. The problem lies not with Native Americans who ARE good at those subjects; the problem lies with the rest of society and these preconceived notions that if we’re not white we must NOT be “smart enough for Math.”

  • Thomas T. December 11, 2010

    I hate racism but this article is ridiculous. Teachers shouldn’t be hired based on race but based on merit. Secondly who decided which schools are segregated in today’s society? This article provides zero criteria of what they consider to be a segregated school in today’s terms. Next, many people of minorities CHOOSE to live with their own race. Humans naturally like to be around people that look like them, and speak the same languages as themselves. Just because kids don’t hang out with every existing race on earth doesn’t mean that that kid is racist!
    This article is the kind that likes to perceive whites as racist pigs. The truth is that most whites are non of these. This is just a stereotype that has now been accepted by many people. In fact no race deserves this kind of stereotype. Of course there are people of this world that fit these qualifications but you can not stereotype a whole race. This type of propaganda leads to reverse racism.

    Lastly I would like to make clear that I am NOT a racist. I believe in equal OPPURTUNITY(You need to work hard in life to earn oppurtunity) and I am not saying there is no racism in the U.S., but I disagree with the views of the article. I am biracial and have lived in different countries and cultures. I have witnessed racism in ALL cultures. Mr. Orfield point of view is divisive.

    • Guest January 17, 2012

      Opportunity is not something you earn, it’s something you get. How hard did you earn the opportunity to be born in a nice, clean hospital, get food everyday, and go to school as a kid?

  • NotMoving January 10, 2011

    I was supposed to move to Peoria IL for work… My child will transfer to another middle school. Not one in Peoria tho… while researching middle schools I noticed they all got terrible scores except one that got exceptional ones. When I called that school I found they only take the 60 smartest kids per class around. Now if thats not segregation without racism I don’t know what is.
    (They are all public schools that I researched)
    Now I have to commute to work:(

  • s January 28, 2011

    ho

  • Mathew February 21, 2011

    If all children are equally deserve the rights ……..then why its a big issue that whether this women lied or not? If our own children in America can not have the equal privileges, then why do we preach the equality and justice to the world? if our black children canot have the equal privileges and rights with , then what is Pledge of allegiance means to us? why do we chant Pledge of allegiance??

  • kristen rice March 9, 2011

    I AM A LESBIAN AND I THINK THAT ALL OF THIS CRAPO IS STUPID!

  • Susan March 29, 2011

    In California, Arnold made deep, deep cuts to the education budget, and the rich white liberals who fund our elections don’t care because their children attend private schools. The rich white liberals only care about the environment, gay rights, abortion rights, the Middle East, and of course, no tax increases on their millions and billions.

    They don’t care if our public schools are closing down, or if there are 40 students in a class taught by a teacher who lacks a credential. They don’t care. They care if children in Afghanistan and Ghana have an education, and always have fundraisers for people in foreign countries, but they couldn’t care less about the kids in East LA or South LA.

    • white guy January 9, 2012

      That’s the problem we must help ourselves before we help other countries. Millionaires need to be taxed to pay their rightful share of what they should pay.

      • Shavon January 13, 2012

        Then there will be no more millionaires in your state.  If you overtax them, they will leave, like they’re doing in California, or they will hide the money.  Millionaires pay the majority of all taxes paid to the federal government.

        • Guest January 17, 2012

          They will “hide the money”? You mean fraud, right? That’s illegal.

        • sophie February 27, 2012

          No they don’t. You need to do some research look up some propositions and referendums. Seriously, maybe people like you shouldn’t send your kids to “diverse” schools because we (minorities) don’t need bs rhetoric. 

        • Confederates Won! May 11, 2012

          I agree in which you say “millionaires pay the majority of all taxes”, but millionaires have nothing to do with segregation in education. Welfare and all these other *helpful resources* are being taken for granted and people abuse of it. It is no ethnicity’s fault, but how corrupt the government has become. I do not go to a segregated school, but yet I’m Mexican. Everyone can receive a great education, but it also depends how much hope the person has. I go to one of the top 10 high schools in California and the majority of us are Latinos. Not a Private School! Everyone can strive for the better.

  • Jace July 8, 2011

    This is for Thomas T. Tell me where does your child go to school? Did your school have to struggle to make sure they had enough funding for all school related activities? Do your school have the latest technology and the current books? Well I work in a school district where we are 3 editions behind other school districts and are still using out of date technology. I have bring my laptop from home every day so I can actually get some work done and then email to myself so I can print it out. What this article is talking about is how unfair the funding in our school systems are based on what color the students are. I work for one of those school districts where less than 10 percent of the students are white. So if you have not actually work in this environment or have done your owe research, you need to be quite. I work and live in it everyday and people like you make our jobs a lot harder; and by the way, I’m a teacher. 

    • Victoria Grace September 25, 2011

      actually, i attend a very expensive private school. personally i was looking up segragation for a school project. but if you have to go there, my school has ecenlent facilities, every student gets a laptop isseued by the school, and teachers are great and we are all pretty smart. in adition you could bet that my parents and everyone elses parents that atend my school, are some of the richest people in america. but, that does not mean that we dont care about public schools. we do a charity fundraiser every year for new clothes for a school in our city. 95% of that school is leagally homeless. we care to so dont think you are all alone here.

      • Jason Bull October 10, 2011

        ….. improper spelling, not to correct you or anything, since you are a teacher or in some sort of education based profession.

      • Guest January 17, 2012

        Do you realize how insulting that sounds? Do you think it’s ok that others have to rely on somebody else’s good will to get clothes?
        Nobody’s telling you you don’t care (and we all feel for you, rich people whose heart bleed for those who have less). But public school shouldn’t have to struggle for funding and the discrepancy between your school and that public school shouldn’t be so important.

      • sophie February 27, 2012

        hmmmm…. I think your parents should get a refund from the english department because you cannot write or spell. Also, I doubt you can comprehend because I have no idea what your comment has to do with the original article or Jace’s comment. 

      • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

        They aren’t that smart or great because you can’t spell a lick hahahaha, so take some of that fundraiser money and get some spelling lessons.

    • Grad student November 9, 2011

      Sorry to tell you, the funding that schools receive have a lot to do with the performance that the students deliver.  You cannot possibly blame CERTIFIED teachers (which all teachers must be after Bush passed the No Child Left Behind Law) for students not wanting to do well in school, study and pass their classes.  It is not the public’s fault that many parents refuse to help their children with school work, homework, projects, etc. in order to give them a chance at doing well in school.  Point is, you have to do well beginning in Kindergarten in order to do well in middle school, high school and then get into college.  You can’t blame the administration.  You have books, you have schools, you have teachers…the students have everything they need, but they choose to do drugs, or drop out.  Only those students make those choices, NO ONE ELSE.  You don’t have to have a lot of money to open a book and do well in school.  This isn’t the 50’s anymore.  All Americans have equal opportunity now.

      • Jeffersonian527 January 9, 2012

        1 in 6 black children live in a one parent home, that was a 2006 statistic, I am sure it is worse now. There is a huge problem

    • grad student November 9, 2011

      I also taught before starting my PhD program.  I have to disagree with you here.  It’s not the “color of someone’s skin” that provides funding to your schools.  It’s the performance level that the students are not meeting.  So they are getting the bare minimum – and teachers ARE certified.  This isn’t the 60’s anymore…all students are certified to teach.  Obviously the low income schools have students that are turning to drugs (which is their own choice, not the rest of America) and dropping out.  I don’t like the idea of blaming America, blaming the government and calling it racism when it’s the parents even a single parent can teach their child and help them with their school work and homework.  That is the reason the students are not doing well…the parents are not doing THEIR part.

      • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

        BULLShIT!!! Do you research MR.  PH wanna BE

    • Drew March 14, 2013

      The reason you work there is because you suck at English grammar. Yes, this is an internet forum, but have a little respect. When you brag about your job you should at least try to prove that you deserve to be an educator. I’m white, and I have the distinct privilege of teaching in an entirely homogenous school. There is only one race of people at my school, and they all speak the same language. But it is Korean. You want a really fun job, come over to this side of the big pond and try your hand at teaching in another country. Where nobody really understands you.

      It’s fun! And if you think you are a minority now, wait til you get to a country that is 95% one race…

  • Jace July 8, 2011

    This is for Thomas T. Tell me where does your child go to school? Did your school have to struggle to make sure they had enough funding for all school related activities? Do your school have the latest technology and the current books? Well I work in a school district where we are 3 editions behind other school districts and are still using out of date technology. I have bring my laptop from home every day so I can actually get some work done and then email to myself so I can print it out. What this article is talking about is how unfair the funding in our school systems are based on what color the students are. I work for one of those school districts where less than 10 percent of the students are white. So if you have not actually work in this environment or have done your owe research, you need to be quite. I work and live in it everyday and people like you make our jobs a lot harder; and by the way, I’m a teacher. 

    • Victoria Grace September 25, 2011

      actually, i attend a very expensive private school. personally i was looking up segragation for a school project. but if you have to go there, my school has ecenlent facilities, every student gets a laptop isseued by the school, and teachers are great and we are all pretty smart. in adition you could bet that my parents and everyone elses parents that atend my school, are some of the richest people in america. but, that does not mean that we dont care about public schools. we do a charity fundraiser every year for new clothes for a school in our city. 95% of that school is leagally homeless. we care to so dont think you are all alone here.

      • Jason Bull October 10, 2011

        ….. improper spelling, not to correct you or anything, since you are a teacher or in some sort of education based profession.

      • Guest January 17, 2012

        Do you realize how insulting that sounds? Do you think it’s ok that others have to rely on somebody else’s good will to get clothes?
        Nobody’s telling you you don’t care (and we all feel for you, rich people whose heart bleed for those who have less). But public school shouldn’t have to struggle for funding and the discrepancy between your school and that public school shouldn’t be so important.

      • sophie February 27, 2012

        hmmmm…. I think your parents should get a refund from the english department because you cannot write or spell. Also, I doubt you can comprehend because I have no idea what your comment has to do with the original article or Jace’s comment. 

      • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

        They aren’t that smart or great because you can’t spell a lick hahahaha, so take some of that fundraiser money and get some spelling lessons.

    • Grad student November 9, 2011

      Sorry to tell you, the funding that schools receive have a lot to do with the performance that the students deliver.  You cannot possibly blame CERTIFIED teachers (which all teachers must be after Bush passed the No Child Left Behind Law) for students not wanting to do well in school, study and pass their classes.  It is not the public’s fault that many parents refuse to help their children with school work, homework, projects, etc. in order to give them a chance at doing well in school.  Point is, you have to do well beginning in Kindergarten in order to do well in middle school, high school and then get into college.  You can’t blame the administration.  You have books, you have schools, you have teachers…the students have everything they need, but they choose to do drugs, or drop out.  Only those students make those choices, NO ONE ELSE.  You don’t have to have a lot of money to open a book and do well in school.  This isn’t the 50’s anymore.  All Americans have equal opportunity now.

      • Dan B. January 9, 2012

        1 in 6 black children live in a one parent home, that was a 2006 statistic, I am sure it is worse now. There is a huge problem

    • grad student November 9, 2011

      I also taught before starting my PhD program.  I have to disagree with you here.  It’s not the “color of someone’s skin” that provides funding to your schools.  It’s the performance level that the students are not meeting.  So they are getting the bare minimum – and teachers ARE certified.  This isn’t the 60’s anymore…all students are certified to teach.  Obviously the low income schools have students that are turning to drugs (which is their own choice, not the rest of America) and dropping out.  I don’t like the idea of blaming America, blaming the government and calling it racism when it’s the parents even a single parent can teach their child and help them with their school work and homework.  That is the reason the students are not doing well…the parents are not doing THEIR part.

      • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

        BULLShIT!!! Do you research MR.  PH wanna BE

    • Drew March 14, 2013

      The reason you work there is because you suck at English grammar. Yes, this is an internet forum, but have a little respect. When you brag about your job you should at least try to prove that you deserve to be an educator. I’m white, and I have the distinct privilege of teaching in an entirely homogenous school. There is only one race of people at my school, and they all speak the same language. But it is Korean. You want a really fun job, come over to this side of the big pond and try your hand at teaching in another country. Where nobody really understands you.

      It’s fun! And if you think you are a minority now, wait til you get to a country that is 95% one race…

  • Xhefretc September 8, 2011

    lets hav sex !

  • Brutalisk September 22, 2011

    I live in Texas where this is large minority populations and I can tell you one thing right now: The reason why white families move out to rural areas to attend these mostly white schools is because they reject the federal governments enforcement of diversity.

    Like it or not, many people are against diversity.

    I do not want my child to attend a school with even 30% minority population because the reality is minority children don’t do well in school and are very disruptive and create dangerous enviornments like drugs, gangs and unprotected sex.

    You can’t get angry at white families for taking ‘white flight’ and moving to white communities so their children can attend white schools.

    It’s also wrong for the federal government to force families to integrate. If people, regardless of their race, want their children to attend a homogenous schools then if they are a free people, they should have the right to make that decision.

    What the government is doing with this force integration is nothing more than tyranny.

    If people or local governments wish to segregate, they should have the right and freedom to make that choice for themselves.

    • Shavon January 13, 2012

      For the same reason, myself, and everyone I know shuns the local ‘diverse’ public schools.  The non-white kids are out of control.

    • Guest January 17, 2012

      Wow. Is that for real? Do you realize how truly racist that sounds? How messed up would your child grow up to be if he or she were to hear that kind of remarks?

    • sophie February 27, 2012

      I am a minority and I went to a public school and I know I’m smarter than your children. If you feel superior to minority children, in your case blacks and hispanics, think how I feel. I have to share a classroom with white children that are below my average. Most of them can barely comprehend calculus or physics. I make money tutoring white morons because parents like you think their children are too superior to interact with other races. 

    • Guest March 30, 2012

      Wow.  What small town did you come from?

  • Brutalisk September 22, 2011

    I live in Texas where this is large minority populations and I can tell you one thing right now: The reason why white families move out to rural areas to attend these mostly white schools is because they reject the federal governments enforcement of diversity.

    Like it or not, many people are against diversity.

    I do not want my child to attend a school with even 30% minority population because the reality is minority children don’t do well in school and are very disruptive and create dangerous enviornments like drugs, gangs and unprotected sex.

    You can’t get angry at white families for taking ‘white flight’ and moving to white communities so their children can attend white schools.

    It’s also wrong for the federal government to force families to integrate. If people, regardless of their race, want their children to attend a homogenous schools then if they are a free people, they should have the right to make that decision.

    What the government is doing with this force integration is nothing more than tyranny.

    If people or local governments wish to segregate, they should have the right and freedom to make that choice for themselves.

    • Shavon January 13, 2012

      For the same reason, myself, and everyone I know shuns the local ‘diverse’ public schools.  The non-white kids are out of control.

    • Guest January 17, 2012

      Wow. Is that for real? Do you realize how truly racist that sounds? How messed up would your child grow up to be if he or she were to hear that kind of remarks?

    • sophie February 27, 2012

      I am a minority and I went to a public school and I know I’m smarter than your children. If you feel superior to minority children, in your case blacks and hispanics, think how I feel. I have to share a classroom with white children that are below my average. Most of them can barely comprehend calculus or physics. I make money tutoring white morons because parents like you think their children are too superior to interact with other races. 

    • Guest March 30, 2012

      Wow.  What small town did you come from?

    • Guest March 30, 2012

      Wow.  What small town did you come from?

  • Mr. Andrew Lavell Mitchell October 19, 2011

    Whoever this Thomas T cat is, he simply is ignorant trying to explain anything to him is a waste he doesn’t see the perpetuating cycle in classism, racism, and segregation there is no such thing as merit, (working your way out) because by the time you attain to those who are in power youll most likely be dead we are all on a hill  but those who are in higher class are nearer to the top.

  • Mr. Andrew Lavell Mitchell October 19, 2011

    Whoever this Thomas T cat is, he simply is ignorant trying to explain anything to him is a waste he doesn’t see the perpetuating cycle in classism, racism, and segregation there is no such thing as merit, (working your way out) because by the time you attain to those who are in power youll most likely be dead we are all on a hill  but those who are in higher class are nearer to the top.

  • white girl November 3, 2011

    I agree – how many generations do white people need just to make it up to the other minorities?  If Black people could just give us a year, I think everything would be better.  (For instance: “Dear Whites, We will accept your apology in the year 2080.  Until then, Affirmative Action and using slavery as an excuse for everything will still be in effect.  Thanks for your help, the Blacks”)  I’m a woman and I’m not pissed off at the men for making my ancestors miserable in past centuries.  I don’t understand how people could hold a grudge for so long especially when they weren’t even alive during the time period.  I love people of all races, but I hate when they get angry about something that I can’t personally fix today.  Should I be wearing a sign that says, ‘My bad’?

    • Tania_g10 November 8, 2011

      You sound very ignorant!!!

    • JuliannaZedwards31 November 16, 2011

      girl has no intelligence what so ever . Whered her brain go ? She types a paragraph of nonsense gosh I feel like I just got a little bit dumber just reading that crap

    • Dsmith November 22, 2011

      yes you should because you cannot take back the ridiculously cruelty YOUR White ancestors put minorities through. You will never ever understand how minorities feel being that your white. So yes you should feel bad and not brush this situation off as if it is a bug on your shoulder. Blacks did not deserve to be treated how we did. unacceptable behavior. Without the help of blacks and minorities whites would be helpless. That is a fact. Blacks have done many impact things. All minorities want is respectful and equality which they still do not receive today. It may be 2011 and there might be an African American president, but there is still a gap in society because of simple-minded people like you who decide to make comments as such. 

      • Toto January 17, 2012

        Wow… Let’s take it easy: today’s whites are not responsible for what their ancestors did. Rather, we all as a nation are responsible for diminishing the ongoing effects of yesterday’s discriminations (that overwhelmingly affect blacks). Many white commentators here should understand that legal segregation ended only decades ago (and therefore people who are still alive today suffer from not having been allowed to go to college and the like), and that it greatly affected the next generation, and then still (albeit less) the following one, etc. That’s unfair.
        That doesn’t mean that it’s *your* fault or your race’s fault (it’s not about you). But because we live in a big community, we want to make sure that the wrongs of the past have been acknowledged and that their effects are not passed onto the next generation. And for that you need equal opportunity for all: access to education and health care guaranteed, no segregated second-class public services, discrimination made illegal, etc.

      • Alexiskstuart June 15, 2012

         oh im sorry, did i DECIDE to be a white girl when i was born? yep i said lemme be a white girl just so i could piss minorities off and be expected to hang my head in shame my whole life just because of what my ancestors did… oh thats right there not my ancestors! my ancestors were living in ireland and russia at the time and most white people arent even related to the same people who enslaved black people back then because those people were the british and thats not all of europe! and its not like british people chose to enslave blacks out of all minorities, your “people” back then were tribes who were fighting each other and selling victems who survived the fights to the british for slaves. your own people gave you away as slaves! and im not saying what the british (not all white people) did was right but dont blame it on people alive today. and we wouldnt be helpless without blacks or any ethnicity except asians who are super smart and everybody knows that!

        • Guest June 15, 2012

          You’re
          funny and absolutely correct.
          Africans did sell each other. However what you failed to add in there
          is that EUROPEANS, and not just the damn British, came over and
          decided to also buy and sell slaves. Now the funny thing about this
          is that well Africans, by European standards, didn’t know any better
          because the majority of them knew nothing about any type of religion
          that says that treating your fellow man indecently is, with out a
          doubt, wrong. However, most EUROPEANS were Catholics which not only
          means that they knew better, they also very much chose to ignore and
          in most cases use their religion to justify what they were
          doing…BUYING AND SELLING SLAVES. Now neither of them were correct
          in their actions so don’t think that I am trying to justify the
          actions of the Africans because I am not. However doing something out
          of ignorance and doing something simply because you choose to, are
          two very different things. I’m so tired of white people using that
          bullshit excuse as a justification for what your ancestors did. And
          before you get upset and find some other bull to say in response to
          me, let me just say that I am not upset about what Caucasian’s
          ancestors did to my ancestors. What I have a problem with is
          the repercussions of
          their actions. I won’t even go as far back as slavery to prove my
          point. I’ll just go back 60yrs ago to JIM CROW DAYS. I chose 60yrs
          because my mother is  60 and lived through that crock of utter
          bullshit. Black people today are still suffering from that time when
          we were all “separate but
          equal”. 

          • Guest June 15, 2012

            Do
            you know that there are still places IN THE US that treat ALL
              minorities
            like fucking second class citizens? You
            probably don’t know about those places. I bet you’re one of
            those people who  think
            that just because black people have gained a little compared to your
            lot that we owe you a thank you and a “forget about it” for
            all that you have done for us ungrateful, ignorant minorities.
            Many of you feel that way I have come to find through socializing
            with you. This country was built for white superiority and
            certain laws make sure that it upholds this so called superiority.
            Many white people don’t notice of-coarse because
            the laws are made FOR YOU!! Why would you notice or care as long as
            you aren’t being mistreated. It’s quite easy to turn a blind eye to
            things that aren’t affecting you. Just as you didn’t choose to be
            white we didn’t choose to be black or born in a country that hate the
            very idea of any type of black affirmative action.
            Whether you want to admit it or not or even believe it or not, black
            people are still  being treated as second class citizens and if
            you don’t believe me simple compare our living conditions, our
            schools, and our jobs. It is no coincidence that black people are
            still at the bottom of the totem poll. And it’s not because we’re all
            lazy and worthless either. We only make up 13% of America. Half of
            that percent is locked up as soon as they are old enough to hold
            their head high and have some pride about themselves. Half of whats
            left is shot or killed by  each other out of ignorance or by the
            police out of ignorance. Half of what’s left is working 2 or 3 jobs
            trying to make it out of the ghetto and whatever is left is on
            welfare. It’s a ignorant cycle that just goes on and on no one is
            trying to do anything about it. Those who know about the issue choose
            to ignore it either cause it’s not them suffering or because it is no
            longer them suffering and 
            others
            are just mostly ignorant to what is going on and so choose to believe
            the bullshit that they see and read in the media about how black
            people are just the worst kind of people. We aren’t. Most of us are
            just uneducated, because some of us have to drop out of school to get
            jobs to help out our parents, and need a chance just a chance to be
            raised in a stable environment , like most Caucasians are, and given
            the opportunity to
            thrive and flourish. I assure the if any children were
            actually given a honest to God equal opportunity to succeed,
            they would all make if they chose to do so. Most blacks are at a
            disadvantage from birth simply because they were born black, but I
            suppose that you will never understand that because you don’t really
            care because our struggle for true equality don’t affect you other
            than making most Caucasians feel like we have too many liberties.    

          • Drew March 14, 2013

            You are shitty at socializing… Step it up a couple notches. If you are talking to white people who like reality tv, they are like the bottom of the barrel. I don’t need a thank you, but I would like black people to stop using me as an example of a slaver. or my people… My relatives never owned slaves… Trust me, I can track half my relatives entrance into the US to 1935 when they were trying to avoid becoming Sweeney Hitler’s meat pies. You wanna talk about a crap life, go find a couple Armenians… They are hard to find huh?… Keep looking, I’ll wait… The other half of my relatives showed up in Iowa when it was first being settled, and they decided to farm corn and pigs… not a big slave crop… Lumping all white people together is like lumping all black people together. I owe you nothing, and I will give you nothing until you earn it.

          • tankrollins65 June 23, 2013

            you must be sniffing glue…there are several blacks in my community who live in bigger houses..drive nicer cars…”seem” to have plenty of money…get most of the jobs (around here anyway) because of skin color, not qualifications (post office)…have more rights then i ever will (double standards)…do anything they can to keep whites from getting jobs…i could go on all day….

        • Drew March 14, 2013

          That’s how I became a white dude… I was like… hmm, how can I piss off 90% of the planet. Oh, I’ll be a middle-class, white, atheist, American with no sympathy (doesn’t mean I have no empathy… I just don’t care)… I believe I have successfully pissed off 99% of the world… the 1% are those with a sense of humor… or future super villains…

      • Drew March 14, 2013

        Grammar dude… you want respect then learn how to write better. I don’t give a shit what your race is. As for what my white ancestors did. What, spent WAY longer as servants, serfs, slaves and what ever else the ruling class in Europe could think of… Including baking them like Jew pies. Screw you, if you think yours was the first people dominated by the elite you really are dumb. As for your fact about whites being helpless without blacks and minorities… same back at ya dude… There is a gap in socioeconomic status because multiple generations of a step-up went by, and blacks are still working to level that out. It may take 5 more generations… Just give meth some time it will bring plenty of whiteys down… In the mean time, I am not going to feel like I owe you or anyone else anything except the respect they show me they deserve. You want reparations, invent a time machine and go back to when that shit was promised and see about getting it. Then let me borrow that time machine, there are a few old white bastards I’d like to go pimp slap for causing all this crap.

    • Hyltonkp43 November 28, 2011

      nuff said(from black person)

      • Qsfdqsdfqsd December 16, 2011

        I’m from belgium, and to be honest, what is ignorant about her reaction ? Slavery is allready ages ago, get over it. You can’t blame the children for what the parents did. Take for example Europeans instead of bitching at the Germans for what they did ages ago, we accept that it is over and we work together. I don’t expect Germans to make it up for me cause honestly they didn’t to anything wrong to me cause i wasn’t born then and the Germans living today weren’t born eather, so why would they have to apologize ? making a statement that every white person should apologize to black person for something he never did, that is treu racism.

        • Sophie February 27, 2012

          for the past two years european magazines has been ridiculed for its portrayal and opinion of blacks. you forgave the germans because there is no difference between a belgium or a german physically. true racism is implementing policies like no child left behind and tracking to internally segregate the public school system. 

        • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

          Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. 

    • Prufr0cknr0ll December 1, 2011

      Your mom should be wearing a sign that says “my bad.” If you think that racism (and sexism for that matter, to address your lovely, although poorly thought out “I’m a woman and I’m not pissed off about my ancestors being treated miserably” argument) are no longer in existence then you are living in a world of privilege. 

    • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

      Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. 

    • Drew March 14, 2013

      That is a brilliant idea for a t-shirt…

    • Camm December 13, 2013

      Though not in academic wording, you are absolutely 100% correct. As of now not only do blacks hold a grudge, but racism has been reversed. It is practically illegal to even look at them wrong. Although, it is perfectly just to allow them to brand whites as “Wonder Bread” and “Crackers”. Being too “White” is a crime, just as saying “nigger”. No one will ever be happy. There will always be someone, some race, some ethnic group, some sexuality clan, or some religion that won’t be satisfied…

  • white girl November 3, 2011

    I agree – how many generations do white people need just to make it up to the other minorities?  If Black people could just give us a year, I think everything would be better.  (For instance: “Dear Whites, We will accept your apology in the year 2080.  Until then, Affirmative Action and using slavery as an excuse for everything will still be in effect.  Thanks for your help, the Blacks”)  I’m a woman and I’m not pissed off at the men for making my ancestors miserable in past centuries.  I don’t understand how people could hold a grudge for so long especially when they weren’t even alive during the time period.  I love people of all races, but I hate when they get angry about something that I can’t personally fix today.  Should I be wearing a sign that says, ‘My bad’?

    • Tania_g10 November 8, 2011

      You sound very ignorant!!!

    • JuliannaZedwards31 November 16, 2011

      girl has no intelligence what so ever . Whered her brain go ? She types a paragraph of nonsense gosh I feel like I just got a little bit dumber just reading that crap

    • Dsmith November 22, 2011

      yes you should because you cannot take back the ridiculously cruelty YOUR White ancestors put minorities through. You will never ever understand how minorities feel being that your white. So yes you should feel bad and not brush this situation off as if it is a bug on your shoulder. Blacks did not deserve to be treated how we did. unacceptable behavior. Without the help of blacks and minorities whites would be helpless. That is a fact. Blacks have done many impact things. All minorities want is respectful and equality which they still do not receive today. It may be 2011 and there might be an African American president, but there is still a gap in society because of simple-minded people like you who decide to make comments as such. 

      • Toto January 17, 2012

        Wow… Let’s take it easy: today’s whites are not responsible for what their ancestors did. Rather, we all as a nation are responsible for diminishing the ongoing effects of yesterday’s discriminations (that overwhelmingly affect blacks). Many white commentators here should understand that legal segregation ended only decades ago (and therefore people who are still alive today suffer from not having been allowed to go to college and the like), and that it greatly affected the next generation, and then still (albeit less) the following one, etc. That’s unfair.
        That doesn’t mean that it’s *your* fault or your race’s fault (it’s not about you). But because we live in a big community, we want to make sure that the wrongs of the past have been acknowledged and that their effects are not passed onto the next generation. And for that you need equal opportunity for all: access to education and health care guaranteed, no segregated second-class public services, discrimination made illegal, etc.

      • Alexiskstuart June 15, 2012

         oh im sorry, did i DECIDE to be a white girl when i was born? yep i said lemme be a white girl just so i could piss minorities off and be expected to hang my head in shame my whole life just because of what my ancestors did… oh thats right there not my ancestors! my ancestors were living in ireland and russia at the time and most white people arent even related to the same people who enslaved black people back then because those people were the british and thats not all of europe! and its not like british people chose to enslave blacks out of all minorities, your “people” back then were tribes who were fighting each other and selling victems who survived the fights to the british for slaves. your own people gave you away as slaves! and im not saying what the british (not all white people) did was right but dont blame it on people alive today. and we wouldnt be helpless without blacks or any ethnicity except asians who are super smart and everybody knows that!

        • Guest June 15, 2012

          You’re
          funny and absolutely correct.
          Africans did sell each other. However what you failed to add in there
          is that EUROPEANS, and not just the damn British, came over and
          decided to also buy and sell slaves. Now the funny thing about this
          is that well Africans, by European standards, didn’t know any better
          because the majority of them knew nothing about any type of religion
          that says that treating your fellow man indecently is, with out a
          doubt, wrong. However, most EUROPEANS were Catholics which not only
          means that they knew better, they also very much chose to ignore and
          in most cases use their religion to justify what they were
          doing…BUYING AND SELLING SLAVES. Now neither of them were correct
          in their actions so don’t think that I am trying to justify the
          actions of the Africans because I am not. However doing something out
          of ignorance and doing something simply because you choose to, are
          two very different things. I’m so tired of white people using that
          bullshit excuse as a justification for what your ancestors did. And
          before you get upset and find some other bull to say in response to
          me, let me just say that I am not upset about what Caucasian’s
          ancestors did to my ancestors. What I have a problem with is
          the repercussions of
          their actions. I won’t even go as far back as slavery to prove my
          point. I’ll just go back 60yrs ago to JIM CROW DAYS. I chose 60yrs
          because my mother is  60 and lived through that crock of utter
          bullshit. Black people today are still suffering from that time when
          we were all “separate but
          equal”. 

          • Guest June 15, 2012

            Do
            you know that there are still places IN THE US that treat ALL
              minorities
            like fucking second class citizens? You
            probably don’t know about those places. I bet you’re one of
            those people who  think
            that just because black people have gained a little compared to your
            lot that we owe you a thank you and a “forget about it” for
            all that you have done for us ungrateful, ignorant minorities.
            Many of you feel that way I have come to find through socializing
            with you. This country was built for white superiority and
            certain laws make sure that it upholds this so called superiority.
            Many white people don’t notice of-coarse because
            the laws are made FOR YOU!! Why would you notice or care as long as
            you aren’t being mistreated. It’s quite easy to turn a blind eye to
            things that aren’t affecting you. Just as you didn’t choose to be
            white we didn’t choose to be black or born in a country that hate the
            very idea of any type of black affirmative action.
            Whether you want to admit it or not or even believe it or not, black
            people are still  being treated as second class citizens and if
            you don’t believe me simple compare our living conditions, our
            schools, and our jobs. It is no coincidence that black people are
            still at the bottom of the totem poll. And it’s not because we’re all
            lazy and worthless either. We only make up 13% of America. Half of
            that percent is locked up as soon as they are old enough to hold
            their head high and have some pride about themselves. Half of whats
            left is shot or killed by  each other out of ignorance or by the
            police out of ignorance. Half of what’s left is working 2 or 3 jobs
            trying to make it out of the ghetto and whatever is left is on
            welfare. It’s a ignorant cycle that just goes on and on no one is
            trying to do anything about it. Those who know about the issue choose
            to ignore it either cause it’s not them suffering or because it is no
            longer them suffering and 
            others
            are just mostly ignorant to what is going on and so choose to believe
            the bullshit that they see and read in the media about how black
            people are just the worst kind of people. We aren’t. Most of us are
            just uneducated, because some of us have to drop out of school to get
            jobs to help out our parents, and need a chance just a chance to be
            raised in a stable environment , like most Caucasians are, and given
            the opportunity to
            thrive and flourish. I assure the if any children were
            actually given a honest to God equal opportunity to succeed,
            they would all make if they chose to do so. Most blacks are at a
            disadvantage from birth simply because they were born black, but I
            suppose that you will never understand that because you don’t really
            care because our struggle for true equality don’t affect you other
            than making most Caucasians feel like we have too many liberties.    

          • Drew March 14, 2013

            You are shitty at socializing… Step it up a couple notches. If you are talking to white people who like reality tv, they are like the bottom of the barrel. I don’t need a thank you, but I would like black people to stop using me as an example of a slaver. or my people… My relatives never owned slaves… Trust me, I can track half my relatives entrance into the US to 1935 when they were trying to avoid becoming Sweeney Hitler’s meat pies. You wanna talk about a crap life, go find a couple Armenians… They are hard to find huh?… Keep looking, I’ll wait… The other half of my relatives showed up in Iowa when it was first being settled, and they decided to farm corn and pigs… not a big slave crop… Lumping all white people together is like lumping all black people together. I owe you nothing, and I will give you nothing until you earn it.

        • Drew March 14, 2013

          That’s how I became a white dude… I was like… hmm, how can I piss off 90% of the planet. Oh, I’ll be a middle-class, white, atheist, American with no sympathy (doesn’t mean I have no empathy… I just don’t care)… I believe I have successfully pissed off 99% of the world… the 1% are those with a sense of humor… or future super villains…

      • Drew March 14, 2013

        Grammar dude… you want respect then learn how to write better. I don’t give a shit what your race is. As for what my white ancestors did. What, spent WAY longer as servants, serfs, slaves and what ever else the ruling class in Europe could think of… Including baking them like Jew pies. Screw you, if you think yours was the first people dominated by the elite you really are dumb. As for your fact about whites being helpless without blacks and minorities… same back at ya dude… There is a gap in socioeconomic status because multiple generations of a step-up went by, and blacks are still working to level that out. It may take 5 more generations… Just give meth some time it will bring plenty of whiteys down… In the mean time, I am not going to feel like I owe you or anyone else anything except the respect they show me they deserve. You want reparations, invent a time machine and go back to when that shit was promised and see about getting it. Then let me borrow that time machine, there are a few old white bastards I’d like to go pimp slap for causing all this crap.

    • Hyltonkp43 November 28, 2011

      nuff said(from black person)

      • Qsfdqsdfqsd December 16, 2011

        I’m from belgium, and to be honest, what is ignorant about her reaction ? Slavery is allready ages ago, get over it. You can’t blame the children for what the parents did. Take for example Europeans instead of bitching at the Germans for what they did ages ago, we accept that it is over and we work together. I don’t expect Germans to make it up for me cause honestly they didn’t to anything wrong to me cause i wasn’t born then and the Germans living today weren’t born eather, so why would they have to apologize ? making a statement that every white person should apologize to black person for something he never did, that is treu racism.

        • Sophie February 27, 2012

          for the past two years european magazines has been ridiculed for its portrayal and opinion of blacks. you forgave the germans because there is no difference between a belgium or a german physically. true racism is implementing policies like no child left behind and tracking to internally segregate the public school system. 

        • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

          Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. 

        • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

          Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. 

    • Prufr0cknr0ll December 1, 2011

      Your mom should be wearing a sign that says “my bad.” If you think that racism (and sexism for that matter, to address your lovely, although poorly thought out “I’m a woman and I’m not pissed off about my ancestors being treated miserably” argument) are no longer in existence then you are living in a world of privilege. 

    • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

      Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. 

    • Drew March 14, 2013

      That is a brilliant idea for a t-shirt…

  • Grad student November 9, 2011

    I don’t consider this “segregation” in schools where the majority of the population are black or latino.  For example, many schools in Los Angeles are not segregated, but have a high minority enrollment because of the number of minorities that live in those neighborhoods.  My point is this…the student population at schools is not based on segregation, but if a large number of minorities live in a certain area, obviously those nearby schools will have a large number of minorities.  I’m from Orange County, where there is only 6% black population, so obviously our schools are not “segregated” but have a large number of white students.  Point is…it’s ALL ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE that determines what students go to these schools.  It has nothing to do with the local or state or even federal government “DETERMINING” where your child goes to school.  That doesn’t exist anymore after Brown vs Board ruling in 1954.

  • Grad student November 9, 2011

    I don’t consider this “segregation” in schools where the majority of the population are black or latino.  For example, many schools in Los Angeles are not segregated, but have a high minority enrollment because of the number of minorities that live in those neighborhoods.  My point is this…the student population at schools is not based on segregation, but if a large number of minorities live in a certain area, obviously those nearby schools will have a large number of minorities.  I’m from Orange County, where there is only 6% black population, so obviously our schools are not “segregated” but have a large number of white students.  Point is…it’s ALL ABOUT WHERE YOU LIVE that determines what students go to these schools.  It has nothing to do with the local or state or even federal government “DETERMINING” where your child goes to school.  That doesn’t exist anymore after Brown vs Board ruling in 1954.

  • Hyltonkp43 November 28, 2011

    Niccceeeee!

  • guest December 14, 2011

    the whites dont owe the blacks anything!!! expecialy not an apology..

    • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

      Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. Whites continue to hide the history of Blacks from them in a white school system based on deceit. To separate a people from their history is the cruelest act ever know to mankind. Whites are the most arrogant, self centered, liars, masters of trickery, murdering people on the face of the earth. And, if you think that Black people are wrong or don’t deserve an apology, you fall in the same category. May God give you and your ANCESTORS all that you deserve in this life and the next.

  • guest December 14, 2011

    the whites dont owe the blacks anything!!! expecialy not an apology..

    • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

      Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. Whites continue to hide the history of Blacks from them in a white school system based on deceit. To separate a people from their history is the cruelest act ever know to mankind. Whites are the most arrogant, self centered, liars, masters of trickery, murdering people on the face of the earth. And, if you think that Black people are wrong or don’t deserve an apology, you fall in the same category. May God give you and your ANCESTORS all that you deserve in this life and the next.

  • Silentillusion1213 December 15, 2011

    Its ridiculous that if you are “black” you think that you are not getting a fair education? YOU have the books, teachers, and schools so whats the problem here? Whites and blacks at schools are treated just the same. People do use slavery as an excuse to everything. GET OVER IT. White people were also slaves. The Irish. Get your facts right and don’t hate on another race just because of what happened when you weren’t even born. THIS GENERATION DIDN’T DO IT. GET OVER YOURSELVES.
    Go look around and tell me that some black people aren’t racist. BIG FAT LIE. Not all black people are racist but some are. I witnessed this first hand with my mother who is white. My mom has a disability with her back, so we have handicapped parking, we pulled in the spot before this black guy did (who didn’t even have a handicap slip/ plate) He got out of the car and called her a ” Stupid White Bitch”. Now did she deserve that? She didn’t even say anything back to him because she is not like that and she’s not even close to being a racist. I think that some black people are more racist today more than any other race. And before you go second guessing things, no I am not white. I’m biracial. Just making a point.

    • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

      Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. 

    • john March 16, 2012

      dude you are ssooo right  why cant every one else see that.

    • Young&Determined March 30, 2012

      I’m willing to be you anything in the world that you aren’t suffering the affects that slavery has had and is continuing to have on black people.  You more than likely grew up privileged and spoiled.  I don’t blame white people as a whole for what has happened to my people, however going back from this day and time and our current problems and tracing it backwards… doesn’t look to good for the white man.  The only thing I ask for is an equal chance to make something of myself in life.  I mean a school with the latest technology, books, and other learning modules. I mean growing up in a community of safety instead of one of violence.   Give black children the EXACT SAME opportunities that white students possess without so much of an ounce of discrimination and watch them grow into a people of culture, elegance, and intelligence. 

      • preetyeyez April 23, 2012

        i feel that this is a very touchy subject. there is no such thing as black on white crime or vice versa. u like who u like. i am an african amerian. my mom is black and indian. and my dad is black and jamican. but just about all my friends are a different race then me. i am social. theres black people hating their own race for stupid reason. there are whites hating the fact of issolation. life is too short to be discriminating aginst  someone becuz of the way they look, or the color of their skin. i can go on and on about why racism is wrong, but i dont have the time. people fear what they dont understand, and they hate what they fear. but just because its different dont meant that its better or worse. all it means is that its human.. if we were all perfect we wouldnt be here because a perfect man or women could not exist in an unperfect world..so be who u are and love who you are. who ever dont like it, the hell with them.

      • Thecoutz April 25, 2012

        I think that they still suffer because of their attitudes and actions. I also think it is their fault things are still like they are. If they would change the way they act and make their areas safer they would change their lives and those not here yet. I grow up in the hood and have seen this first hand.

        • Young&Determined April 25, 2012

          You aren’t very intelligent are you? I’m sorry to tell this to you this hun but not all black people act a certain way, and the ones who do don’t know any better.  Some of them have never stepped outside of the ghetto and some of them never will. So tell me, how are they supposed  to learn any better if they aren’t given an opportunity to do so? Is the knowledge of how to live a more quality life than what they have learned all their lives for generations supposed to just fall out of the sky and into their brains? Are they supposed to just wake up one day and just decide to undo what has been done for hundreds of years?  NO!! That is humanly impossible. That takes time and opportunity, which is something that many young black kids don’t have nor know how to get. Many of them will never have the chance to even gain an opportunity to become something because they will die at a young age for being black. For example TRAVON MARTIN!! 

  • Silentillusion1213 December 15, 2011

    Its ridiculous that if you are “black” you think that you are not getting a fair education? YOU have the books, teachers, and schools so whats the problem here? Whites and blacks at schools are treated just the same. People do use slavery as an excuse to everything. GET OVER IT. White people were also slaves. The Irish. Get your facts right and don’t hate on another race just because of what happened when you weren’t even born. THIS GENERATION DIDN’T DO IT. GET OVER YOURSELVES.
    Go look around and tell me that some black people aren’t racist. BIG FAT LIE. Not all black people are racist but some are. I witnessed this first hand with my mother who is white. My mom has a disability with her back, so we have handicapped parking, we pulled in the spot before this black guy did (who didn’t even have a handicap slip/ plate) He got out of the car and called her a ” Stupid White Bitch”. Now did she deserve that? She didn’t even say anything back to him because she is not like that and she’s not even close to being a racist. I think that some black people are more racist today more than any other race. And before you go second guessing things, no I am not white. I’m biracial. Just making a point.

    • Nujaymah March 4, 2012

      Unfortunately, your view is shared by many which is the reason for the perpetuation of such a cycle. Racism is so embedded in our society that people like yourself uphold the legs it stands on without even realizing it. I believe that unless you are a person of color you have never experienced racism because racism can only be enforced from a position of power, which people of color have none of in the United States. A white person has privilege in this country that has nothing at all to do with being worthy of such. If you systematically deprive people of knowing their history, self worth, and crush their self esteem on a daily basis through negative stereotypes and images of themselves, even though they sit in a classroom with whites they do not get the same educational benefit that whites do. I know that as a white person, if you are, this may be hard to understand, and as a person of color, if you are, you may be brainwashed to the extent where this is also difficult; but as a Black man who is educated and an educator I can tell you that this is fact. Do your research before you make statements that are typical of white privilege and lack of understanding of  racism as an institution. 

    • john March 16, 2012

      dude you are ssooo right  why cant every one else see that.

    • Young&Determined March 30, 2012

      I’m willing to be you anything in the world that you aren’t suffering the affects that slavery has had and is continuing to have on black people.  You more than likely grew up privileged and spoiled.  I don’t blame white people as a whole for what has happened to my people, however going back from this day and time and our current problems and tracing it backwards… doesn’t look to good for the white man.  The only thing I ask for is an equal chance to make something of myself in life.  I mean a school with the latest technology, books, and other learning modules. I mean growing up in a community of safety instead of one of violence.   Give black children the EXACT SAME opportunities that white students possess without so much of an ounce of discrimination and watch them grow into a people of culture, elegance, and intelligence. 

      • preetyeyez April 23, 2012

        i feel that this is a very touchy subject. there is no such thing as black on white crime or vice versa. u like who u like. i am an african amerian. my mom is black and indian. and my dad is black and jamican. but just about all my friends are a different race then me. i am social. theres black people hating their own race for stupid reason. there are whites hating the fact of issolation. life is too short to be discriminating aginst  someone becuz of the way they look, or the color of their skin. i can go on and on about why racism is wrong, but i dont have the time. people fear what they dont understand, and they hate what they fear. but just because its different dont meant that its better or worse. all it means is that its human.. if we were all perfect we wouldnt be here because a perfect man or women could not exist in an unperfect world..so be who u are and love who you are. who ever dont like it, the hell with them.

      • Thecoutz April 25, 2012

        I think that they still suffer because of their attitudes and actions. I also think it is their fault things are still like they are. If they would change the way they act and make their areas safer they would change their lives and those not here yet. I grow up in the hood and have seen this first hand.

        • Young&Determined April 25, 2012

          You aren’t very intelligent are you? I’m sorry to tell this to you this hun but not all black people act a certain way, and the ones who do don’t know any better.  Some of them have never stepped outside of the ghetto and some of them never will. So tell me, how are they supposed  to learn any better if they aren’t given an opportunity to do so? Is the knowledge of how to live a more quality life than what they have learned all their lives for generations supposed to just fall out of the sky and into their brains? Are they supposed to just wake up one day and just decide to undo what has been done for hundreds of years?  NO!! That is humanly impossible. That takes time and opportunity, which is something that many young black kids don’t have nor know how to get. Many of them will never have the chance to even gain an opportunity to become something because they will die at a young age for being black. For example TRAVON MARTIN!! 

  • monalisa15 December 26, 2011

    Black kids sitting next to white kids is not the solution. The majority of these so called segregated schools are being taught by white faculty.  The Eurocentric curriculum devised up by white people is the problem.  Blacks and Latinos think and communicate differently and need a new system just for them.

    • Shavon January 13, 2012

      Then what is the purpose of multiculturalism, diversity and integration, if we are unable to interact, learn from each other or live together comfortably?  Should we then partition the country into three or four new nations, each with a racial majority?

    • Guest January 17, 2012

      That existed, it was called segregation, Jim Crow laws. It wasn’t a great idea, was it? Maybe spend some time with people with another complexion and you’ll see you’re not so different.

  • Anonymous December 26, 2011

    Black kids sitting next to white kids is not the solution. The majority of these so called segregated schools are being taught by white faculty.  The Eurocentric curriculum devised up by white people is the problem.  Blacks and Latinos think and communicate differently and need a new system just for them.

    • Shavon January 13, 2012

      Then what is the purpose of multiculturalism, diversity and integration, if we are unable to interact, learn from each other or live together comfortably?  Should we then partition the country into three or four new nations, each with a racial majority?

    • Guest January 17, 2012

      That existed, it was called segregation, Jim Crow laws. It wasn’t a great idea, was it? Maybe spend some time with people with another complexion and you’ll see you’re not so different.

  • Jeffersonian527 January 9, 2012

    Whites for the most part do not want to go to an 80% plus Black School, just like I assume Blacks would not like to go to an all White School, But I have found from personal experience that Black people do like to go to all white schools for some reason, not all Blacks but the one’s I went to school with. If we segregate schools is it Racial Bigotted? Blacks can center their curriculum around the Black experience from Africa to America, and Whites could trace their Nordic begginings to America and no one would feel left out. Or discriminated against. Why is a melting pot suppose to be such a good thing? Also can races get along in a segregated Country? Have respect for each other, control their own races destiny. When will we really talk about the stuff only talked about in secret?

  • Dan B. January 9, 2012

    Whites for the most part do not want to go to an 80% plus Black School, just like I assume Blacks would not like to go to an all White School, But I have found from personal experience that Black people do like to go to all white schools for some reason, not all Blacks but the one’s I went to school with. If we segregate schools is it Racial Bigotted? Blacks can center their curriculum around the Black experience from Africa to America, and Whites could trace their Nordic begginings to America and no one would feel left out. Or discriminated against. Why is a melting pot suppose to be such a good thing? Also can races get along in a segregated Country? Have respect for each other, control their own races destiny. When will we really talk about the stuff only talked about in secret?

  • Jeffersonian527 January 9, 2012

    After reading Dsmith commment, man do know that if not for Whites you would not be free? from the sale of African Kings who sold defeated tribes people as slaves to all that would pay. I meen if you want to get real about the truth let’s do it, I owe you nothing and never will, my people dealt with servtitude 200 years ago, big deal nothing I can do about it, Keep Irish, Italian, and dogs off grass. you are not the only race to be inslaved my friend.

  • Dan B. January 9, 2012

    After reading Dsmith commment, man do know that if not for Whites you would not be free? from the sale of African Kings who sold defeated tribes people as slaves to all that would pay. I meen if you want to get real about the truth let’s do it, I owe you nothing and never will, my people dealt with servtitude 200 years ago, big deal nothing I can do about it, Keep Irish, Italian, and dogs off grass. you are not the only race to be inslaved my friend.

  • white guy January 9, 2012

    That’s the problem we must help ourselves before we help other countries. Millionaires need to be taxed to pay their rightful share of what they should pay.

    • Shavon January 13, 2012

      Then there will be no more millionaires in your state.  If you overtax them, they will leave, like they’re doing in California, or they will hide the money.  Millionaires pay the majority of all taxes paid to the federal government.

      • Guest January 17, 2012

        They will “hide the money”? You mean fraud, right? That’s illegal.

      • sophie February 27, 2012

        No they don’t. You need to do some research look up some propositions and referendums. Seriously, maybe people like you shouldn’t send your kids to “diverse” schools because we (minorities) don’t need bs rhetoric. 

      • Confederates Won! May 11, 2012

        I agree in which you say “millionaires pay the majority of all taxes”, but millionaires have nothing to do with segregation in education. Welfare and all these other *helpful resources* are being taken for granted and people abuse of it. It is no ethnicity’s fault, but how corrupt the government has become. I do not go to a segregated school, but yet I’m Mexican. Everyone can receive a great education, but it also depends how much hope the person has. I go to one of the top 10 high schools in California and the majority of us are Latinos. Not a Private School! Everyone can strive for the better.

  • IVORY , UCLA SENIOR February 22, 2012

    SOME PEOPLE ARE STATING BLACKS, THIS RESEARCH IS ON MINORITIES OF ALL RACES, IT STATES BLACKS, ASIANS, AND LATINO AND FEW WHITES, THE ISSUIS IS NOT SLAVERY THE ISSUES IS MINORITIES AND FEW WHITES THAN ATTEND LOW INCOME SCHOOLS DO NOT HAVE PROPER RESOURCES TO GRADUATE , VIA BOOKS, DESK AND CHAIRS FRO EXAMPLE ETC.. I ATTENDED THESE SCHOOLS AND NOW I STUDY LAW AT UCLA, I HAD TO LEAVE THE LOW INCOME SCHOOLS BECAUSE HOW CAN A STUDENT LEARN WITH NO BOOKS

  • IVORY , UCLA SENIOR February 22, 2012

    SOME PEOPLE ARE STATING BLACKS, THIS RESEARCH IS ON MINORITIES OF ALL RACES, IT STATES BLACKS, ASIANS, AND LATINO AND FEW WHITES, THE ISSUIS IS NOT SLAVERY THE ISSUES IS MINORITIES AND FEW WHITES THAN ATTEND LOW INCOME SCHOOLS DO NOT HAVE PROPER RESOURCES TO GRADUATE , VIA BOOKS, DESK AND CHAIRS FRO EXAMPLE ETC.. I ATTENDED THESE SCHOOLS AND NOW I STUDY LAW AT UCLA, I HAD TO LEAVE THE LOW INCOME SCHOOLS BECAUSE HOW CAN A STUDENT LEARN WITH NO BOOKS

  • sophie February 27, 2012

    To those of you that hate: 
    I am a minority and I wasn’t born in America. The education I received in my country was much more advanced than the American public school system. America is now my country and I would like to help better the educational system. You guys can argue about race but it does not help your children. Diversity does matter in life, because to truly grasp knowledge is to be open-minded about ideas and concepts. Think about how much we can learn from each other. I have a diverse group of friends and they range from screw-up to successful. We all use each other intellectually and we all vary in knowledge. 

    I know most people do not believe that African American kids are at a disadvantage but they are, policies were implemented into the educational system in the 1950s to keep them at a certain level. Unfortunately, today these same policies are utilized for all races to control social stratification. Today a white child living in a trailer park or low income housing receives the same education as his minority peers. If we pay close attention to education in our society, we see that it is politically motivated. Everything is designed to keep the poverty line intact. If every child, white, black, latin or asian received an equal education, society will be unbalanced. Urban politics like boundary lines and zig zaging influences which school get funded. Schools in the suburbs get more funding, if it happens to be more than 75% white that does not make it a racial issue. Think about it, does the government benefit from low-income families or middle-class families. Who is more likely to vote suburbia or section 8? 

    I live in suburbia, I attended a school with a diverse student body. A few miles away is a Mexican community and it’s ghetto. The children from that community attended my high school and some of them were rambunctious. They created gangs and we constantly had lock downs, so the school district finally built a high school in the Mexican community. Now the students in that community attend their own school. They have little funding, no extra curricular activities and no science facility. One minor group within that major group of students ruined it for the Mexican students that wanted an education. Is that fair? 

  • sophie February 27, 2012

    To those of you that hate: 
    I am a minority and I wasn’t born in America. The education I received in my country was much more advanced than the American public school system. America is now my country and I would like to help better the educational system. You guys can argue about race but it does not help your children. Diversity does matter in life, because to truly grasp knowledge is to be open-minded about ideas and concepts. Think about how much we can learn from each other. I have a diverse group of friends and they range from screw-up to successful. We all use each other intellectually and we all vary in knowledge. 

    I know most people do not believe that African American kids are at a disadvantage but they are, policies were implemented into the educational system in the 1950s to keep them at a certain level. Unfortunately, today these same policies are utilized for all races to control social stratification. Today a white child living in a trailer park or low income housing receives the same education as his minority peers. If we pay close attention to education in our society, we see that it is politically motivated. Everything is designed to keep the poverty line intact. If every child, white, black, latin or asian received an equal education, society will be unbalanced. Urban politics like boundary lines and zig zaging influences which school get funded. Schools in the suburbs get more funding, if it happens to be more than 75% white that does not make it a racial issue. Think about it, does the government benefit from low-income families or middle-class families. Who is more likely to vote suburbia or section 8? 

    I live in suburbia, I attended a school with a diverse student body. A few miles away is a Mexican community and it’s ghetto. The children from that community attended my high school and some of them were rambunctious. They created gangs and we constantly had lock downs, so the school district finally built a high school in the Mexican community. Now the students in that community attend their own school. They have little funding, no extra curricular activities and no science facility. One minor group within that major group of students ruined it for the Mexican students that wanted an education. Is that fair? 

  • Guest February 27, 2012

    Are you really trying to say that all schools are equal? That the teachers and school systems are exactly the same whether you are in a affluent area or not? If you believe this, there really is nothing to say. I’m a black individual who thanks to my parents was able to go to private school my whole life as opposed to going to my public high school which consisted of mainly minority students. And i can tell you my life would be drastically different had i gone to my public school.

  • Guest February 27, 2012

    Are you really trying to say that all schools are equal? That the teachers and school systems are exactly the same whether you are in a affluent area or not? If you believe this, there really is nothing to say. I’m a black individual who thanks to my parents was able to go to private school my whole life as opposed to going to my public high school which consisted of mainly minority students. And i can tell you my life would be drastically different had i gone to my public school.

  • D February 28, 2012

    you all truley are racist and no we will never get over what has been taken from us if you are irsh you still know were you came from us on the other hand are llike trees ripped from the roots yes we know we are black and some how are from africa but where so dont say things like that i have nothing aginst whites but some black schools dont have the books i have recently attened a school the didnt even have running water so until you visit a real school in a city like say detroit, chicago or the bronx dont jump to conclusions 
     
    we dont have the teachers the books thank you and god bless you 

  • D February 28, 2012

    you all truley are racist and no we will never get over what has been taken from us if you are irsh you still know were you came from us on the other hand are llike trees ripped from the roots yes we know we are black and some how are from africa but where so dont say things like that i have nothing aginst whites but some black schools dont have the books i have recently attened a school the didnt even have running water so until you visit a real school in a city like say detroit, chicago or the bronx dont jump to conclusions 
     
    we dont have the teachers the books thank you and god bless you 

  • privileged white guy March 13, 2012

    News Flash to all whites out there.  You have white privilege!  I am a white male who grew up in a suburban public school.  I had  a family that had resources that helped pay for my college education.  How many inner city families of color have those resources?  Unless whites admit that they have had their own affirmative action for the last 200 years no real conversation about race and segregation can happen.  What kind of chance does an inner city child have to a quality education when it is under funded?  Desegregation was designed to change that.  I have had many unearned privileges granted to me because I am white.  I hope that other whites can admit that as well.

    • Lovekindnessspecial June 20, 2012

      I agree with you and I am sheltered black girl. I did have a parent who did save up money an his parents had a little something and his house was paid for and he paid his dad back. I live now just paying taxes in that house of my grandpa. It makes a difference but, If you never try to find a way out you won’t. I lived in a middle class area, but you have to want the education an hey I’ve been in and out of college classes since 1991 and still going. stop blaming and start fighting for your own goals in life and then reach back and help someone else who can not see or don’t have the will to even try to make a better life for themselves or others look at the sucessful black stories all had to overcome something. 

  • privileged white guy March 13, 2012

    News Flash to all whites out there.  You have white privilege!  I am a white male who grew up in a suburban public school.  I had  a family that had resources that helped pay for my college education.  How many inner city families of color have those resources?  Unless whites admit that they have had their own affirmative action for the last 200 years no real conversation about race and segregation can happen.  What kind of chance does an inner city child have to a quality education when it is under funded?  Desegregation was designed to change that.  I have had many unearned privileges granted to me because I am white.  I hope that other whites can admit that as well.

    • Lovekindnessspecial June 20, 2012

      I agree with you and I am sheltered black girl. I did have a parent who did save up money an his parents had a little something and his house was paid for and he paid his dad back. I live now just paying taxes in that house of my grandpa. It makes a difference but, If you never try to find a way out you won’t. I lived in a middle class area, but you have to want the education an hey I’ve been in and out of college classes since 1991 and still going. stop blaming and start fighting for your own goals in life and then reach back and help someone else who can not see or don’t have the will to even try to make a better life for themselves or others look at the sucessful black stories all had to overcome something. 

  • Dfieufhjhudkfjeh April 2, 2012

    this was a great article! why in the world do we have segregation? it is just not fair!

  • Dfieufhjhudkfjeh April 2, 2012

    this was a great article! why in the world do we have segregation? it is just not fair!

  • Jordanpk96 April 3, 2012

    funding in united states school systems reflect growing residential segregation. the fact is… this also leads to racial segregation due to our history of discrimination against minorities. funding the schools (mostly inner city and rural) that really need it is the answer. this does not mean stop funding other public schools however. this takes us to a bigger issue regarding the taxation of the wealthy. (they should no doubt be taxed more) in order to fund public schools and help the children of America succeed, we must spend our taxes on schools and other projects that protect those who need a chance at opportunity. I can speak firsthand, having moved from the inner city to the suburbs. I saw a dramatic change and realized the truth. my level of education has increased and it’s not right. ( im not saying thats a bad thing, im just saying its unfair that i couldnt get as good of an education in the city schools) Also the number of minorities attending my new school is much less. equal opportunity who’s with me!!?

    • Hannahcstone April 22, 2012

      i think we should all be in schools together not to be seperatedd some people become best friends in schools so i think we sould not let only be the whites be speciel but i think all should be speciel!!!!!!!

  • MikeC April 18, 2012

    Guys… 500 years of racial dictatorship. 500 years of legally discriminating, stealing land, killing, abusing for slave labor — 50 years of democracy where racism is still institutionalized. Just because segregation was made illegal… does not mean everything went to equal. There are still years and generations of wealth and fortune not given to people of color.

  • MikeC April 18, 2012

    Guys… 500 years of racial dictatorship. 500 years of legally discriminating, stealing land, killing, abusing for slave labor — 50 years of democracy where racism is still institutionalized. Just because segregation was made illegal… does not mean everything went to equal. There are still years and generations of wealth and fortune not given to people of color.

  • Pinkballetshoesxoxo April 28, 2012

    I honestly think the school system isn’t at fault for the students under achievements. But the students themselves ruin it for themselves. I attended a high school in los angeles that was 50% black, 30% Hispanic and 20% other. Every one got the same education received the same classes. But while the black people spent their time in class asleep wrote on the books issued to them, tagged the schools wall, the white and Asian kids spent their time involved in school activities, they spent their lunch time studying or doing homework. they took mostly honers and ap classes. and they didn’t tag on the walls or destroyed school property. The school I attended was once one of the best high schools in Los Angeles, everyone wanted to go there. But when the schools had to be unsegregated the school had to bring student from minority communities. Those students brought low test scores didn’t care much about anything and ruin it for the current students. Slowly white students began to leave and the school that once had the highest test scores had the lowest. I always saw the white students at my high school actually care and they always got involved they had the same materials and same teachers as the black and hispanic kids but why did they actually care? Blacks began to form gangs, and there was always fights at my school. I never blamed the school but the students the students are the once that make the difference the materials are given to us,and is our job to make whats best of what we have not ruin it. I strongly feel that students who do not want to go to school to actually learn shouldn’t go. What good do they bring? they lower test scores, and waste tax money. I see many minorities ruin what once were good schools. not all of them do, but most do. I feel that “good schools” shouldn’t be ruin by minorities, because thats what is happening but the minorities that actually want to learn and participate in school activities should be welcomed. Why is the government forcing students to go to school if they don’t want to? Instead of wasting their time sleeping in class rooms they should work and pay taxes. 

  • Pinkballetshoesxoxo April 28, 2012

    I honestly think the school system isn’t at fault for the students under achievements. But the students themselves ruin it for themselves. I attended a high school in los angeles that was 50% black, 30% Hispanic and 20% other. Every one got the same education received the same classes. But while the black people spent their time in class asleep wrote on the books issued to them, tagged the schools wall, the white and Asian kids spent their time involved in school activities, they spent their lunch time studying or doing homework. they took mostly honers and ap classes. and they didn’t tag on the walls or destroyed school property. The school I attended was once one of the best high schools in Los Angeles, everyone wanted to go there. But when the schools had to be unsegregated the school had to bring student from minority communities. Those students brought low test scores didn’t care much about anything and ruin it for the current students. Slowly white students began to leave and the school that once had the highest test scores had the lowest. I always saw the white students at my high school actually care and they always got involved they had the same materials and same teachers as the black and hispanic kids but why did they actually care? Blacks began to form gangs, and there was always fights at my school. I never blamed the school but the students the students are the once that make the difference the materials are given to us,and is our job to make whats best of what we have not ruin it. I strongly feel that students who do not want to go to school to actually learn shouldn’t go. What good do they bring? they lower test scores, and waste tax money. I see many minorities ruin what once were good schools. not all of them do, but most do. I feel that “good schools” shouldn’t be ruin by minorities, because thats what is happening but the minorities that actually want to learn and participate in school activities should be welcomed. Why is the government forcing students to go to school if they don’t want to? Instead of wasting their time sleeping in class rooms they should work and pay taxes. 

  • Jujube May 22, 2012

    Today there there exists a strong argument FOR segregation. Blacks have made it their duty to be miserable blamers unwilling to accept their own role in making their plight in America. Violence towards caucasians and asians  has become epidemic and this will be the cause of further segregation like in the jails of Los Angeles. Louis Farrakhan advocates an entire state for blacks, I think he is right.

  • Jujube May 22, 2012

    Today there there exists a strong argument FOR segregation. Blacks have made it their duty to be miserable blamers unwilling to accept their own role in making their plight in America. Violence towards caucasians and asians  has become epidemic and this will be the cause of further segregation like in the jails of Los Angeles. Louis Farrakhan advocates an entire state for blacks, I think he is right.

  • Rebecca May 23, 2012

    I wish it was mandatory for every person in the United States, all persons to work in an Emergency Room, a busy one for two years, your prejudice and indignation would go away.  Everyone is on an even playing field, the patients and the workers, Doctors, nurses, aides, and all others have to work as a complete team to save lives and ease the suffering of all races, ages, genders.   I think it would be good to see we all bleed, we all hurt, we all die and we all have the ability to love.

  • Rebecca Castle May 23, 2012

    I wish it was mandatory for every person in the United States, all persons to work in an Emergency Room, a busy one for two years, your prejudice and indignation would go away.  Everyone is on an even playing field, the patients and the workers, Doctors, nurses, aides, and all others have to work as a complete team to save lives and ease the suffering of all races, ages, genders.   I think it would be good to see we all bleed, we all hurt, we all die and we all have the ability to love.

  • tryrtty October 13, 2012

    Silentillusion1213 are you barack obama.

  • tryrtty October 13, 2012

    Silentillusion1213 are you barack obama.

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  • Jerry Jimson May 22, 2013

    Well when the government goes broke, that means that it suddenly becomes useless to fund sanctioned socialist idealism. Then the natural order takes command, which means that people generally tend to group with their own kind and economic level. Sorry, but is just how the real world works when the true forces of nature are dictated by true freedom of choice. Life is a bitch, but just suck it up and stop complaining.

  • Jerry Jimson May 22, 2013

    Well when the government goes broke, that means that it suddenly becomes useless to fund sanctioned socialist idealism. Then the natural order takes command, which means that people generally tend to group with their own kind and economic level. Sorry, but is just how the real world works when the true forces of nature are dictated by true freedom of choice. Life is a bitch, but just suck it up and stop complaining.

  • Jerry Jimson May 22, 2013

    Well when the government goes broke, that means that it suddenly becomes useless to fund sanctioned socialist idealism. Then the natural order takes command, which means that people generally tend to group with their own kind and economic level. Sorry, but is just how the real world works when the true forces of nature are dictated by true freedom of choice. Life is a bitch, but just suck it up and stop complaining.

  • Fustratedandtired June 14, 2013

    It is a crying shame that people from all walks of life and all races can’t admit that integration doesn’t work. Period. We are all living in this world together and we do need to get along. But to force individuals together that have absolutely nothing in common or next to nothing in common is a serious mistake. This has led to even “more” racism( so called) and leads to a lot of anger in people’s subconscious minds as well as the conscious. Segregation is not a dirty word. We are all different for a good reason and whether or not you believe in God or evolution doesn’t matter at all in this discussion, because we have been shown time and time and time again that this system is a complete and total failure and has caused ill feelings, resentment, hatred, unfair practices, and resulted in the society that we have today; especially in the United States. That’s my two cents anyway.

  • Fustratedandtired June 14, 2013

    JEWS made slaves of you guys!!

    They are not white but “pass” as white; therefore WE get the blame!!! Very few “real” whites owned slaves. Get that through your heads!!!!!

  • ron jesiek August 13, 2013

    That’s the way it should be white people with their own and black people with their own just like in a prison no fights that way let the blacks stay with their own kind

  • joevaghn August 26, 2013

    though the article tries to make the case that segregation based on race is the key reason for the inequalities in the educational system, it seems to me, and probably to most people who have attended these schools in question, is that the real reason is money. Poor people, regardless of race, have access to poor schools, and, yes, property tax as a way of funding public education is the key reason for this. Having attended a poor, majority white, rural school and also a better-off suburban school, that was, by the way, a lot more diverse than any other school in the area, the difference was night and day. After graduating, I did some traveling and meet people from all around the world and I came to the conclusion that American, as a whole, have an obsession with race that blinds us to the real cause of a lot of the problems we face. Also, very few people here, with the exception of the older generation, have ever faced any real discrimination based on race. At least on the level faced by some of the people I have meet from other countries. For the record, I am of mixed decent, though I do appear to be pure white. Equal funding to all schools, regardless of property value of the individual school districts, would go a long way to giving everyone, regardless of race and economic means, access to truly equal education.

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  • bobbiejolooker January 16, 2014

    Everyone is Created equal and everyone should be treated the same.It should not matter what color you are. We are the same why can everyone see that.

  • Bailey January 21, 2014

    I found this very interesting, you cannot help natural segregation. I live in rural south Arkansas, we have one black student in our high school out of 314, we are not racist, in fact he is quite popular and made homecoming this year. There are four schools in our county. Three are mostly white and the fourth and largest is mostly black. Many white students from there have transferred to our school and the other two, natural segregation in is unavoidable. It’s not always a bad thing. It’s when people are forced to mingle that problems happen.

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  • Mother February 24, 2014

    I have a daughter who is one of the two only African American children in sixth grade. The school is close to 90% white. I have yet to find any information that states this to be illegal or sets standards for ratio in public schools in NJ.

  • Lynda March 9, 2014

    I am a teacher in a school district that has award winning schools and schools who do not make adequate yearly progress. Guess what the demographics are of the schools are? How can this be right is 2014?

  • Jace July 8, 2011

    Again another person who speaks without thinking. Tell me if whites where forced from their homes and forced to be made slaves for over a hundred years, and when finally freedom, and killed for wanting more freedoms and liberties, how would that make you fill? If the government knew people of color would be given the same fair opportunities as whites there would be no need; but that not how our society works or thinks for the most part. The reason most school districts are underfunded is because our current school system funding is set up by property taxes and then the schools receive those funds. The problem with this is that the rich have done everything in their power to not have funding collected and then split the funding equally between the school districts. Do some research and then come back and talk.

  • joewest666 July 9, 2011

    Beat that slavery drum a little harder I think you could get a few more miles from it while your Kenyan daddy is shacked up in the White House.

  • Jeffersonian527 January 9, 2012

    Blacks were conquered and sold by Black Kings from the winning tribe to the highest bidder, you cannot even make the comparison, White’s would never allow this to happen due to education and IQ intelligence, and a few other traits. Why are Blacks in America so much more intelligent than Blacks in Africa? simple White education system.

  • Octavyadxn October 6, 2011

    That sounded racist to me. Yes, our president is black but that have not change the fact that whites still get a better education than us black folks.

  • Dsmith November 22, 2011

    You sound very dumb and extremely racist. You obviously take an abundance of knowledge let alone depth as a person. You are a disgrace to society. Move past the ignorance not towards it.

  • Hyltonkp43 November 28, 2011

    what da hell did we BLACK people do to u, all i heard from that was dumb ignorant crap  from white trash 

  • Anferny December 5, 2011

    I am African american and does not like.
     

  • joewest666 November 29, 2011

    U MAD BRO?

  • Guest January 17, 2012

    Blacks in America are more intelligent than those in Africa (whatever than means)? First, where did you get that from? Second, whites have done a lot of “education” in Africa during colonization. Most African countries have an education system inspired by that of “the whites.” My guess is: intelligence doesn’t have a lot to do with skin color.

  • Guest January 17, 2012

    Opportunity is not something you earn, it’s something you get. How hard did you earn the opportunity to be born in a nice, clean hospital, get food everyday, and go to school as a kid?

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