In a recent court ruling, Judge Madeline Haikala ruled that a subsection of the Jefferson County School District, which includes parts of Birmingham, Alabama, would be able to secede from the larger district. This has raised the eyebrows of many due to the fact that the community in question, Gardendale, is over 80 percent white.
The judge, herself, is a staunch liberal with a long track record of finding in favor of liberal causes. But many view the ruling as marking a sea change in the way that the country views desegregation. Over the last 60 years, the program of federally forced desegregation, started by President Lyndon Johnson, has failed in almost all of its objective measures of success.
Some of the school districts where government intervention was particularly heavy-handed have never recovered. It is little known, but documented by numerous historians, that a large driver of the white flight of the 1960s out of the city of Detroit was due to the forced integration, including forced busing, of that city’s schools. Rather than send their children to hellish schools torn by gang violence, white parents simply withdrew from the city altogether, fleeing to the suburbs or other areas of the state entirely.
Similar incidents happened in Boston, Chicago and Los Angeles. In the case of the latter, there are presently almost no affluent whites in the Los Angeles Unified School District. That district routinely posts some of the lowest scholastic scores in the country and has been plagued by constant interracial violence.