Saturday, June 4, 2011

Kozol, "Still Seperate, Still Unequal" (Hyperlink)

“Still Separate, Still Unequal”

The Problem We All Live by Norman Rockwell
Collection of the Norman Rockwell Museum at Stockbridge, Mass.

The title of this article identifies the major issues that the author
raises within this informative piece of writing.
"Still Separate, Still Unequal"

Kozol emphasises that "all people are due equal education and everything else that goes along with maintaining a healthy society. All must have equal health-care, food, water and environments to live in."

Some of the major issues conveyed by Kozol in this article include racial isolation. 
 "The issues of racial isolation that were matters of grave national significance some thirty-five or forty years ago have NOT diminished in more recent years. Schools that were already deeply segregated twenty-five or thirty years ago are no less segregated now, while thousands of other schools around the country that had been integrated either voluntarily or by the force of law have since been rapidly resegregating."


Prominent leader in the African American Civil Rights Movement
Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King Jr.

"Martin Luther King Jr. was an American clergyman, activist, and prominent leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement." ( 

Plessy v Ferguson and Brown v Board addressed two egregious policies in The United States of America: inequality and segregation.

Plessy V. Ferguson

Brown V. Board of Education

Brown v. Board of

Major Issue at Hand

Segregation is Schools

According to Kozol, "The achievement gap between black and white children narrowed for three decades up until the late years of the 1980's where school segregation that steadily decreased, widened once more in the early 1990's when the federal courts began the process of resegregation by dismantling the mandates of the Brown decision."
Statistics on Inequality
"Still Separate, Still Unequal"

"In Chicago 2002-2003 87% of public school enrollment was black or Hispanic. Less than 10% were white."

"At Thurgood Marshall Elementary School 95% of students were black, Hispanic, Native American or of Asian origin, but clusters of white parents and their children each morning would stand on the corner street next to the school for a bus to bring them to a different school."

"In Washington, D.C., 94% of the children were black or Hispanic. Less than 5 percent were white."

"In St Louis, 82% of the student population were black or Hispanic."

According to Kozol, "even these statistics, as stark as they are, cannot begin to convey how deeply isolated children in the poorest and most segregated sections of these cities have become."

 "There is a well known high school named for Martin Luther King Jr. The school is located in an upper-middle-class white neighborhood where it was built in the belief- in hope- that it would draw large numbers of white students. When the school was opened for the first time, according to the
 New York Times,
"It was seen" as a promising effort to integrate white, black and Hispanic students in a          thriving neighborhood that held one of the cities cultural gems. Even from the start, parents in the neighborhood showed great reluctance to permit their children to enroll at Martin Luther King. Before long, the school 
became a destination for black and Hispanic students who could not obtain admission into a more successful school."
  (Kozol, "Still Separate, Still Unequal")

US Department of Education says,
"schools are more segregated than ever"

According to this video
"The landmark Brown V. Board of Education case brought integration to America's public school systems more than 50 years later American schools are more segregated than ever."

(Speech in San Fransisco, 1968)

   Eldridge Cleaver's speech, states in his speech that " those to blame are everyone from the president on down to individual citizens who allow these actions and policies to pass without challenge. You're either part of the solution or part of the problem."

" The inequality that exists must end if this country is to survive"


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