Monday, February 15, 2010

Separated at Birth

It is February 15th, 2010, and, according to the always reliable Wikipedia, the student population of New York City Public Schools is 36.7 % Latino/a, 34.7 % African American, 14.3 % Asian, and 14.2 % White.

In contrast, the latest census figures say New York City's resident population is 27.4 % Latino/a, 25.2 % African American, 11.65% Asian, and 44.1% White.

Also: In 1954, the United States Supreme Court handed down a decision on Oliver L. Brown et. al versus the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, that dismantled the doctrine of "separate but equal" and toppled the legal apparatus that supported a system of public schools segregated by the notion of race.

Now, that's history.

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