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Racial Segregation Doesn’t Change From 2000 To 2015

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Starting way back in the 15th century, Christopher Columbus was able to find a Spanish financier to fund his trip to what he thought was India, or at least Africa – really, it was the Caribbean Islands and, by later European and Spanish explorers, the Americas.

Christopher Columbus never engaged in the transatlantic slave trade himself, though he did bring back countless natives of the Caribbean islands. The path from Europe to America was soon traveled back and forth with frequency. Then another leg of the transatlantic trip was added – Africa.

Ever since slaves were brought to the United States, blacks have been oppressed. Even though segregation no longer formally exists, it very much does in terms of splitting low-income families into areas that are specifically for low-income dwellings.

A recent study talked about at the mid-April American Educational Research Association conference indicated that effective segregation has stayed the same – with no change, up or down, despite living in the progressive world that we do – from 2000 to 2015, whereas economic segregation dropped a paltry 1.8 percent.

These findings come from a long-term study of 60 school districts that have voluntary, opt-in integration policies.

The point of the study is this: even though we might seem to live in a world where everyone is accepted – or at least that’s the goal we’re hoping to reach by the time all generations living today are long gone – it simply doesn’t look like education segregation is going anywhere. Inclusion is still just as hard as ever before.

May 14, 2018