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  •  busing was far from universal (3+ / 0-)
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    even at its height.  We saw it within Boston.  We saw it between Wilmington DE and its suburbs.

    But in some places it was not FORCE busing.  Thus PG County Public Schools, where I taught for 16 years, signed a consent decree and then set up magnet programs to draw students from racially segregated neighborhoods in order to integrate the schools.  Eventually that became impossible, as an increasing percentage of the families with children were Black.  

    Does racism still play a role in what is happening?  DUH!  We have never fully overcome racism, and it is hard when it is used by prominent people for financial (Glenn Beck, Rush Limbaugh) or political (George H W Bush, Lee Atwater, many since then) advantage.  

    Let's be clear.  PG county passed a referendum that restricted the ability to raise taxes, which went primarily to schools, because the schools had become heavily African-American, and there were older whites who didn't want to pay taxes to education children of those "other" people.  

    That still plays out.

    Primarily but not exclusively among older white people.

    There are always younger people who are drawn in, particularly those who also feel abandoned by society or with little hope, who can be manipulated to hate the "other" and then be useful tools of people who really don't care about race, just about money and power.

    "We didn't set out to save the world; we set out to wonder how other people are doing and to reflect on how our actions affect other people's hearts." - Pema Chodron

    by teacherken on Sun Apr 07, 2013 at 10:11:10 AM PDT

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