Resegregation in the American South
April 17, 2014 8:37 AM Subscribe
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The most recent story in ProPublica's Living Apart: Examining America's Racial Divide
series is "Segregation Now
," which focuses on the Tuscaloosa, Alabama, city school district "and its fleeting experience with the challenges and virtues of integration." But beyond Tuscaloosa, "almost everywhere in the United States, the gains of integration have been eroded. And nowhere has that been more powerfully and disturbingly true than in the South – once home to both the worst of segregation and the greatest triumphs of integration. Freed from the federal oversight that produced integration, schools districts across the 11 former states of the Confederacy have effectively re-instituted segregation for large numbers of black students, in practical terms if not in law.
Here's the full text of the article
without the fancy interface. It can also be viewed at The Atlantic.
* The Timeline
: From Brown vs. Board of Education
to 'Segregation Now'
* Share Your Six Words on Race and Education
. A collaboration with The Race Card Project
, which was highlighted previously on MeFi
* Short Documentary Film by Maisie Crow, Saving Central
: Meet the students and staff at Tuscaloosa’s all-black Central High School. Alternate link
at The Atlantic
* A Note to Our Readers on ‘Segregation Now’
on MeFi: Schools resegregate after being freed from judicial oversight, Stanford study shows
"The lifting of court-ordered school integration efforts over the last 22 years has led to the gradual unraveling of a key legacy of the landmark Brown v. Board of Education decision. After being freed from judicial oversight, hundreds of large and medium-sized school districts in the South have steadily resegregated, slowly moving away from the ideal of black and white children attending school together.
That's the finding of a study by researchers from the Stanford University School of Education, which was just published in the fall  issue of the Journal of Policy Analysis and Management. It reports that nearly half of the almost 500 school districts that were under court order to desegregate as of 1990 have been released from judicial oversight during the last two decades, resulting in a slow but steady resegregation, as compared with districts where judicial oversight continues."