It has been almost sixty years since the historical Brown v. Board of Education, a ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court declaring the separation of black and white students in public schools to be unconstitutional.
Almost sixty years later, this once monumental decision has had little to no effect. At least not in the African-American communities.
John Logan, a sociologist at Brown University, recently concluded in a study that blacks in the Philadelphia region are disproportionately separated from their white counterparts when it comes to “neighborhoods” and “schools.”
“Philadelphia’s black population, and particularly its affluent black population, lives in much poorer neighborhoods than comparable whites because they are highly separated by race,” Brown reported.
And I thought Chicago, my birthplace and current place of residence, was leading the way. However, according to Professor’s Logan study, we’re right behind Philly.
Philadelphia Mayor Michael Nutter has recently criticized black youth for flash mobs and other sorts of unruly violence. It appears that perhaps he should consider that allowing his school system to remain segregated and denying inner city youth access to a quality education might be part of the problem.
Antoine Scroggins is a writer for YourBlackWorld.com