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Still Separate But Equal: Segregation In American High Schools

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“Separate education facilities are inherently unequal.” These words are what the Supreme Court stated in the Brown Vs Board of Education decision; a case that brought America one step closer to the end of segregation. That was on May 17th, 1954, fast forward sixty years later and segregation is still something that is an issue in schools, albeit slightly less out in the open. It can range from racially segregated proms to “Apartheid Schools.” No matter how you cut it, segregation is still alive and well in the school system.
The first reason is that some traditions of racism are still practiced in schools with racially segregated proms still occurring, as shown in the 2009 article “A Prom Divided” by Sara Corbett. This article talks about this problem that occurs in the south and focused on Montgomery County High School. It was stated that students were open to have interracial friendships and ...view middle of the document...

Now it’s time to dance through some statics found in the 2013 article “Six Decades After Brown ruling, US Schools Still Segregated”, this article focuses on the fact that segregation doesn’t just stop at race. That it is a vicious cycle of race, ethnicity, and poverty. The article brings up the concept of “Apartheid Schools”, where minority students make up 99 to 100 percent of the population. Sound familiar? Look up Wadleigh’s racial demographics and you’ll see that Wadleigh fits into the demographics of an “Apartheid School”; to make matters worse a study shows that 38% of African American students attend these types of these schools. It’s not a surprise that the minority in the county is slowly becoming the majority, but the school system would rather clump together students of the same race and call it a day instead of showing this growing diversity. Students need to be aware the world is full of people of different ethnicities and must understand this as soon as possible.
Lastly, while this is a short point that was brought up in the third article I found entitled “Racial segregation continues to impact quality of education in Mississippi—and nationwide” brings up that while funding and charter schools own the public spotlight, race is barely spoken about. We are more concerned with money than equal opportunities and not to discredit the importance of these things; there are more pressing matters in the system that need to be addressed.
This has been a problem that has gone on for too long and shows how much the more things change, the more they stay the same; and at times for the worse. If we can achieve huge technological advancements, get a man of color as president, we should be able to give African American and Hispanic students an equal opportunity, or did America forget that it was founded on these opportunities? Just imagine if we keep our schools segregated, we’ll be leaving students unprepared to deal with the integrated world. It’s not doing a disservice to the students you are separating but the future of our country as a whole.

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