So instead of “separate, but equal”…

August 10th, 2010

…we got “not separate, cialis sale no rx and unequal?”

t seems horribly unfair and contrary to all the good intentions of school desegregation: black kids who do well in class get accused of “acting white.” Stuart Buck explores the roots of this contentious phrase in “Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation, mind ” recently released by Yale University Press. Buck, pharmacy an honors graduate of Harvard Law School and a Ph.D. student in education policy at the University of Arkansas, explains that despite its noble impulses desegregation often destroyed black schools and placed black kids in an uncomfortable, white environment. The result: if you excelled, you were acting white.

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  • 1. Nick  |  August 10th, 2010 at 2:09 pm

    So here is an intellectual exercise as a libertarian…

    Assuming of course that we don’t want to go back to segregation as it was because it was abhorrent from an equality standpoint… but taking into account these types of social consequences…

    One is forced to asked why segregation is so bad? Is it simply because black kids and white kids were in different schools, or is it because we forced them to be.

    And if there was a benefit to those kids, and their parents choose to segregate, is that acceptable?

    Just like some parents like having single sex classrooms, maybe some parents want single race classrooms.

    So is it the segregation, or who chooses to segregate that is the problem?

  • 2. John Foust  |  August 10th, 2010 at 2:43 pm

    The problem was racism embedded in the structure of government and business. That’s what led to segregation, de facto and de jure.

  • 3. TerryN  |  August 10th, 2010 at 6:06 pm

    I’d say the racism in government and business was a symptom. It would not exist there if it didn’t exist in society first.

    Yes black kids were in schools forced on them because of racism but they didn’t worry about acting white. They did the best they could with what they had.

  • 4. John Foust  |  August 10th, 2010 at 7:40 pm

    Yet something has changed… at least more so up here in the North, our society no longer thinks it is acceptable to move that private racist thought into action in the form of outright government-led bias against someone because of the color of their skin. What changed, Terry?

  • 5. TerryN  |  August 10th, 2010 at 9:06 pm


  • 6. TerryN  |  August 10th, 2010 at 9:17 pm

    I wouldn’t rest on my, up north laurels. My first wife who grew up in Grand Prairie, TX was beside herself at the blatant segregation here vs where she grew up in the 60’s and 70’s..

    I saw it too, after I lived in Texas for a few years.

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