27 March 2014

Busting The Segregation Myth

“In the 30 years I have been researching schools, New York state has consistently been one of the most segregated states in the nation — no Southern state comes close to New York,” said UCLA Civil Rights Project co-director Gary Orfield.

Illinois, Michigan, Maryland and New Jersey followed New York on the most-segregated-schools list.
It's interesting to observe so many anti-Southern historians and bloggers spend so much time discussing their selective memory regarding the Jim Crow history of the South - something that ended decades ago - yet they conveniently ignore the current situation in the North and often focus on symbolism rather than substance. This allows them to ignore real problems in their own backyard. They seem to be stuck in some kind of time warp where their agenda blinds them. They should separate their emotions and biases from their analysis. Story here.


Ralph Steel said...

I would explain the two types of segregation to you but I doubt you are interesting in understanding the difference of what occurs in terms of segregation in the North and segregation in the south.

You just want to gloat over this story more then hear or understand the reasoning.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

There are nuanced reasons for both. I'm just highlighting the holier than thou attitudes of certain northerners. Not gloating, just pointing out.

Thanks for the comment Ralph.

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

BTW Ralph, you're deflecting and ignoring the point of the post.

ropelight said...

Let me guess, Ralph's reluctant to reveal that good segregation is benign Northern urban segregation and actually benefits minorities by concentrating economic and cultural resources in distinct and vibrant communities, while bad segregation is debilitating Southern segregation based on racial hatred and prejudice. Southern segregation is bad, bad, bad, it hurts minorities and prevents them from all but token participation in social and economic life outside their squalid ghettos.

North is good and South is bad.

What say Ralph, have I got it about right?

Richard G. Williams, Jr. said...

Though this is anecdotal, I was in the 3rd grade when our local schools integrated. From that point until I graduated, I recall only two racial incidents in my schools - fights. Overall, black and white kids got along fine, played sports together, ate lunch together, etc. It really was not an issue, at least as I remember the times as a kid. Nonetheless, many social institutions in the South remain voluntarily segregated to this day, i.e. churches, etc. That does not mean a white man is unwelcome in a predominantly black church or vice versa. I "brought greetings" back in 2004 at Sixth Mount Zion Baptist Church in Richmond, a predominantly black church. This is the church founded by renowned slave preacher, John Jasper. The occasion was the church's 135th anniversary. There were around 1000 people there that day and I was one of less than a dozen white persons in attendance. I was perfectly welcome and shared dinner on the grounds with others in attendance.

My own church, which is predominantly white, but has a handful of black members as well, hosts a meeting once a year where a black pastor from Northern Virgina comes with an entourage of young black men from his church. He preaches the meeting and it is the most attended service ALL YEAR.

Much of what you see outsiders say about the sad history of segregation is only part of the story. It certainly has an evil side to it, but it is more nuanced than some suggest.