Monday, June 19, 2017
We Have No King
However, although persons of the wrong color can still get pulled over for DWB or, worse, walking down their own street, the primary social problem is economic segregation. We have an entire school system that is quite legally segregated economically, and I'll bet that is also the case where you live. I think you've even blogged about it, although in your case it is probably by town. Here it is by neighborhood and shows up mostly as what appears to be racial segregation, but reduced price lunch is the real 'tell'. People just confuse correlation with causation, although it could be that the reason poor white kids get an inferior education is that they happen to attend school with poor black kids who are still not treated as if they can learn. If you build the nice new school in the right place, you have the means to that end. Realtors take care of the rest.
Seriously. I taught for 25 years at Indiana University Northwest, which is in Gary, Indiana. Most of the students do not live in Gary, but, obviously, many of them do. The range of backgrounds is huge, and the difficulties some students face are equally huge. One of the steepest parts of my learning curve there (after having spent the rest of my career teaching at schools that were residential campuses) was figuring out how to help the students who needed it most...I'm not sure I ever quite got there...
This is not even remotely true. It's not your kids' fault, but it is absolutely the fault of the people who work to make sure that as many children as possible do not enjoy access to good schools, stable home lives, or lead- and violence-free environments.
It is conservatives' fault. To expand slightly, it is white culture' fault, since conservatism is essentially a white phenomenon.
Yes, Punditus, DWB is still a crime in some places, which was the reason for my "for a day" qualification, but the issues raised by Dean Reed have transcended minority status. When racial segregation of schools is illegal, economic segregation takes its place, and this can happen even without making use of city boundaries. School location in conjunction with subdivision development will do.
I know some very conservative black men, but they know they are not viewed the same way by a cop as a white guy with an NRA sticker on his car. It is still dangerous out there. But that problem has no effect on the high quality of the schools their kids attend with white children of the same economic background, or the poor quality of the schools attended by poor whites and poor blacks alike.