Segregation is Far From Over

Segregation has been an on going issue for quite some time now. While things have definitely changed from what they were in the 1970’s, it is far from being fair and equal. School segregation is the highest it has ever been, especially in Southern California.

In 1954 because of Brown v. Board of Education segregation in public schools was deemed unconstitutional. Therefore around the 1970’s a busing system was created to reduce this racial segregation. which allowed students from a minority to integrate with students who were more privileged.

These are maps of the proposed routes that the busses would take. People saw both negative and positive aspects to this system, while it was a good way to integrate students from different races some people thought it may cause tension between these students. Like all plans the busing systems had its flaws.

I personally went to a school that consisted of predominately white and Armenians. We did not have the busing system it was all based on where you lived. I went to Burbank High School, but lived in Hollywood which meant I had to lie about where I lived to even be considered for that school. I wish we had a busing system because it would have made it easier for my to commute to my school but I also realize that it would come with its hardships. Its funny because Burroughs high school, which was located on the other side of Burbank was more diverse and had many more minorities than Burbank High. I find it so strange how even in a town so small like Burbank things can still be so segregated.

According to the article Divided We Fail, “Over the last forty years, as a rapid and fateful transformation of the population occurred — and as the deeply imbedded educational inequalities became more and more evident — California has done less and less to address these issues.” while we feel like such a progressive state we are not doing much to address the big issues of segregation. Most people don’t understand because they aren’t being personally affected by it and those who are don’t have a voice loud enough to be heard.

I think segregation will continue until we fight it and confront it, we need to give everyone an equal opportunity. Race should not determine whether or not a person should get a better education.

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