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5 Special Things Black People Lost When Schools Were Integrated After Brown v. Board of Education Decision

On  May 17, 1954, the U.S. Supreme Court ruled in Brown vs. Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, that state laws establishing separate public schools for Black and white students were unconstitutional, violating the Equal Protection Clause of the Fourteenth Amendment. The 9-0 decision was hailed as a major victory for the civil rights of African-Americans, paving the way for the integration of the nation’s schools. But in retrospect, while there was reason to celebrate the court decision, there were also many things the Black community lost after the Brown decision.


Effective Black Schools Were Closed

The superior education that many Black schools provided before integration is a source of fierce pride for alumni of those schools, in addition to the subject of a growing body of scholarship, according to journalist Jonathan Tilove. Remarkably, Black communities, under the thumb and under the radar of oppression, created schools that imbued Black children with a sense of confidence and possibility in the very midst of a system determined to limit them.

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10 thoughts on “5 Special Things Black People Lost When Schools Were Integrated After Brown v. Board of Education Decision

  1. Jay Contreras says:

    Desegregation (which didn't really happen..60 years later & the public school is even more segregated than before Brown vs. Board of Ed) was I think THE worst thing that happened to us as a group. Although forced on us, there was a sense of unity, cohesion and support that we have yet to recoup. And I think that was clearly the objective. The only REAL integration that has happened is surface social interaction (and that obviously hasn't changed the fundamentally racist nature of this society, if anything, it's buttressed it)..a brain drain of our brightest and most gifted to white schools & corporations and finally, our spending dollars into their pockets. So WHO really benefited from desegregation?

  2. This article and, in particular, this commentary on acting white is intensely didactic in that it gets to the heart of an issue that is, fundamentally, what's wrong with american education.

  3. Albert Matt says:

    Bring back Plessy vs Ferguson(No Missouri either). Separate but equal was and is the best thing for America.

  4. Ralph Evans says:

    Vouchers and parental choice of schools might work as well.
    Educating children should be at controlled by parents at the local level, not the state, or federal government.
    Who will have more concern and exercise more care, and make better choices than the parent.
    Separate but equal is fine unless like desegregation it is enforced and overseen by a government with no real knowledge of the needs and desires of the people.

  5. While I have no beef with the idea of Afro-centric education, the lack of same troubles me as a diagnosis. There have always been educated and middle-class black people; for the most part, they were not receiving Afro-centric education. Catholic schools produced them, and so did public schools in some communities, both segregated and non-segregated.

  6. Dennis Weir says:

    Black kids tell other black kids they r acting white when they do good in school and who's fault is that lol

  7. I cannot nor will I negate what our foreparents did to tell the world that their children would not grow up believing by the 'establishment' that they were inferior. I believe that like our Jewish and even Muslim brothers and sisters, we should have continued the learning process by strengthening the education that took place in the homes and churches of our children. We should have provided, 'freedom schools, after-school programs' and any other education opportunity to offset any misinformation or lack of information. Why would we even turn the mind of our children totally over to any group of people. Even the Bible speaks of what and how we are to teach our children. We've got to take back the responsibility we've given to others.

  8. Ralph Evans Vouchers and parental choice would be great. Parents should exercise more control over the children's education.

  9. Being caught between a ROCK and a HARD place. Young black chidren who were having trouble learning due to racists teachers and students, reacted negatively to black children doing well, calling them acting white. Those children with difficulties were not given help in school and they did not get enough help at home.Also, black children doing well, were no longer viewed as black, because the white negative influence was being projected to all of the black children. Those children doing poorly, gave up and wanted(sadly) for the children doing well to give up too. Had the parents of children doing poorly,recognized that outside help was needed, this acting white would not exist.

  10. White kids also tell black kids that they're acting white, all the time. Now who's fault is it?

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