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Legacy of Slavery Continues: White Private School Enrollment Greater In Counties Where There Were More Slaves

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Is the legacy of manifested through the school system?  One of the many striking aspects of slavery was the forcible denial of education to slaves.

According to RawStory.com:

History get reflected in the contemporary school system.  We find that one of its consequences is greater –white school segregation.

Using contemporary and historical census data for all counties in the South, we find evidence that indicates a positive relationship between the concentration of slaves in 1860 and black–white disparities in public school enrollment during the 2006–2010 time period.

Most importantly, our results suggest that white private school enrollment is greater in counties where slaves were more heavily concentrated in 1860, thereby leaving black students overrepresented in public schools.

We need to learn from history

It is perhaps no surprise that slavery is associated with inequality and disadvantage for the enslaved population. However, what is notable is that this connection persists more than 150 years after the abolition of slavery.

Despite rulings and legislation aimed directly at reducing school segregation in the time between slavery and today, it is far from being a distant issue. And it needs our attention.

Segregation negatively impacts disadvantaged groups but has little effect on those who are already advantaged. As a result, school segregation helps perpetuate the cycle of disadvantages that black kids already face.

Sixty years after the historic Brown v Board of Education court case, new conversations are starting about how the dream of an inclusive society hasn’t been achieved.

Read More At http://www.rawstory.com/2015/07/slaverys-legacy-persists-white-private-school-enrollment-higher-in-counties-where-there-were-more-slaves/

 

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