In the annals of desegregation, Raleigh is barely a footnote.
Integration came relatively peacefully to the North Carolina capital. There was no "stand in the schoolhouse door," no need of National Guard escorts or even a federal court order.
Nearly 50 years passed — mostly uneventfully, at least until a new school board majority was elected last year on a platform supporting community schools.
The result has been turmoil.
The superintendent resigned in protest. A coalition of residents and civil rights groups filed suit. Months of rallies, news conferences and candlelight vigils against the feared "resegregation" of the state's largest school district culminated in the recent arrests of four activists for refusing to vacate board members' chairs.
Locals are lecturing Northern transplants about the Jim Crow past; white school board members are quoting Brown v. Board of Education to the NAACP.
Answer by lovinangels at 7:18 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Ok sweet, stay out of my state. The issue in Raleigh isn't as "cut and dry" as busing to achieve racial balance. They draw and redraw their district lines every year. Sometimes they redraw them during the school year. The US Supreme Court has ruled that equal education does not mean racial balance. It means that all students are being given the exact same opportunities and equal dollars spent. Wake county has realized after 10 years of trying that the population ebbs and flows so quickly that they couldn't keep up. It isn't segregation. It was costing too much money to continually redraw lines. I live 45 minutes from Raleigh. I am a school teacher at a school that is 98% minority. It isn't more whites in the school that would make it better. It is more parent involvement. Leave my capitol alone.
Answer by jesse123456 at 7:51 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 2:26 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Lovin, you have a point.
When I used to complain about our old school district, I was always told to move to a better one. People buy and sell houses depending on how good the schools are. For many people, having a school within walking distance is a bonus. No one wants their kids to spend hours in a school bus to get to school.
While I do see it is unfair to have over-crowded schools, I don't necessarily see racism in people not wanting to bus their kids across town to poorly performing schools. Parents with resources will abandon the poorly performing schools; that is only natural. Who honestly wants their kids to go to a poorly performing school?
The schools need to be improved, period. Busing does not do that. It's only a small bandaid on a open wound.
Answer by mancosmomma at 3:54 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 3:07 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 3:10 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by lovinangels at 3:31 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by Bezu at 4:00 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by Carpy at 8:08 PM on Jul. 18, 2010
Answer by jesse123456 at 9:15 PM on Jul. 18, 2010