Reviving the Goal of an Integrated Society

February 7, 2009

The U.S. continues to move backward toward increasing minority segregation in highly unequal schools; the job situation remains especially bleak for American blacks, and Latinos have a college completion rate that is shockingly low.

This Civil Rights Project report outlines serious challenges to the dream of equal opportunity for all students. Recent court decisions have made it more difficult to fight pressures for re-segregation -- blacks and Latino students are segregated more now than in the last four decades. The failure to address the challenges of growing student diversity is leading to a two-tiered educational system that isolates white students and disadvantages students of color.

The 2008 election of Barack Obama is a breakthrough that would have been unimaginable a half century ago and a triumph of the long movement for racial justice. But this report points out that it would be wrong to assume that our nation has now realized Dr. King's dream and created a society where race no longer matters. In fact, the report concludes the opposite: the U.S. continues to move backward toward increasing minority segregation in highly unequal schools; the job situation remains especially bleak for American blacks, and Latinos have a college completion rate that is shockingly low. At the same time, very little is being done to address large scale challenges such as continuing discrimination in the housing and home finance markets, among other differences across racial lines.

For the full report, click the link below.


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