As the U.S. Supreme Court upholds a ban on affirmative action in Michigan and the country marks 60 years since the landmark decision of Brown v. Board of Education, DemocracyNow takes a look at how segregation is still pervasive in U.S. public schools. An explosive new report in ProPublica finds school integration never fully occurred, and in recent decades may have even been reversed. Focusing on three generations of the same family in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, the story concludes: “While segregation as it is practiced today may be different than it was 60 years ago, it is no less pernicious: in Tuscaloosa and elsewhere, it involves the removal and isolation of poor black and Latino students, in particular, from everyone else. In Tuscaloosa today, nearly one in three black students attends a school that looks as if Brown v. Board of Education never happened.” Nikole Hannah-Jones, whose article, “The Resegregation of America’s Schools,” is the latest in the ProPublica series “Segregation Now: Investigating America’s Racial Divide.”

THIS IS NOT A SHOCK…. I am a black and white women, grew up in a diverse middle class neighborhood, went to schools with predominantly black and brown students and knew then separation of groups.

Through gentrification, the white conservative class keeps their own in areas more appealing to the eyes, better schools systems and well funded programs for their children. We have a Black President in office and he hasn’t done much for his own people. Yes! I said his own people….

Our history has kept white presidents running this country, and they have always done things for their people. So, it would be expected for the first African-American President to look out for his folks. But, that is not reality.

Until the people running this country possess a conscious – it will continue on the path it began with -of hatred, racism, torture, sexism, classism or just the disregard of respect for all living things.


After Tufts Found to Violate Title IX, How Student Rape Survivors Are Leading Movement for Reform

Wagatwe Wanjuki filed a complaint at Tufts University in 2008 after two years of rape and abuse by an ex-partner who was also a Tufts student, but the university did not take action, and later expelled her. This week, the U.S. Department of Education found Tufts to be in violation of the federal Title IX law, saying the school has mishandled complaints of sexual assault and harassment. Now an organizer with the “Know Your IX” campaign and a contributor at the blog Feministing, Wanjuki stood with Vice President Joe Biden on Tuesday as he unveiled the administration’s new guidelines for handling sexual assault cases in schools. We also speak with Lena Sclove, a Brown University student who is speaking out about her sexual assault and campus policies.

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