Sixty years after the Supreme Curt ruled that segregated public schools were unconstitutional, a new university report has found many of the gains of integration have been reversed.
In a report published Thursday by the Civil Rights Project at UCLA, researchers found that while schools aren’t as segregated as they were before the landmark Brown v. Board of Education ruling in 1954, much of the progress that had been made after 1967 has been lost.
According to the Associated Press, just 23 percent of African American students went to schools that were majority white, a number that hasn’t been lower since 1968.
Meanwhile, more African Americans are attending schools in which they are the majority race than has been recorded in the past few decades. Similarly, more than 50 percent of Latino students are going to schools in which they are the majority race.
The statistics are even starker in specific states. In New York, Michigan, Maryland, and Illinois, more than 50 percent of black students attend schools where 90 percent of the institution is minority. The same is true for Latino students in New York, California, and Texas.
Although there are various explanations for this development, the report’s author, Gary Orfield, said one of the primary reasons for it is housing segregation, which can keep minorities from moving into areas with a larger white presence.
“Neighborhood schools, when we go back to them, as we have, produce middle-class schools for whites and Asians and segregated high-poverty schools for blacks and Latinos,” he said to the AP.
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