Years after the Civil Rights Movement, there have been many strides to becoming an “anti-racist” America. One being, the Supreme Court’s Brown v. Board of Education decision to rule segregated schools as unconstitutional. The United States has continued to fail in acknowledging the segregation found in public schools today. America’s public schools are increasingly segregated by race and socioeconomic status.
In the public school system, the color of one’s skin and their socioeconomic status seems to determine one’s educational success. Not only are schools segregated, but neighborhoods as well. Schools in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods are held to a different standard than those in predominantly white neighborhoods. Research also shows that schools serving predominantly students of color receive about $23 billion dollars in federal funding than those schools serving predominantly white students.
People have created a grassroots movement called Integrated Schools in hopes to integrate schools across the country. This program only provides a small solution, integrating schools. A movement like this doesn’t allow schools in predominantly black and Hispanic neighborhoods to have proper funding from the federal government. Integrated schools are a step closer to an anti-racist America, but proper funding for public schools will further the movement.
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