After the United States Supreme Court ruled in 1954 that separate but equal school facilities stamped an inherent badge of inferiority on black students, public school systems were required to integrate “with all deliberate speed.”
The result of this government meddling was forced integration and busing of students to schools miles from their homes and racial unrest. The Department of Education, civil rights activists and activist judges got what they wanted: A harmonious integrated classroom with equal outcomes. Or did they?
Not according to the DoE. Not then, and not now. The DoE found that public school classrooms today are either mostly or all white or they are mostly or all minority. Put another way, the DoE says that most public school 12th graders are in classrooms that are either more than 90 percent or less than 10 percent minority.
Today the DoE requires students attend the school nearest their homes, with few exceptions. Most minorities live in urban centers. Most whites live in rural areas.
At the request of black students, two California colleges – California State University Los Angeles and UC Davis — have set aside “safe spaces” for blacks so they can share dorm space with people who have “similar interests” and who want to be separated from the rest of the population. The black students claimed they needed to be free of “microaggressions” and “racially insensitive remarks.”
UC Davis has been doing this for 20 years. There they’ve found the program to be a good option for minority students, claiming that graduation rates among black students in separate housing are “high.”
In other words, blacks want separate but equal facilities.
Is that racism? Some would call it that. They did when Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka was being argued. They did when whites wanted separate school systems.
Others would call it liberty, freedom of association and freedom of choice. That’s what I call it. And that’s what minority students at those California colleges call it as well.