Talking about Brown v. Board 60 years later

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By Ashley Lisenby

Digital Editor

A Twitter user with Oak Park roots joined a live conversation on the micro blogging site hosted by ProPublica reporter Nikole Hannah-Jones and Gene Demby of NPR's "Code Switch" about schools, segregation and the pivotal Brown v. Board of Education case of 1954.

Demby posed the question, "How were the schools you attended K-12?" to the Twitter audience. 

@Maggie_Chicago replied, "Oak Park, IL pub schools were &are quite diverse (and it's a huge point of pride). private (catholic) HS, many less POC but some."

On May 17, 1954 the U.S. Supreme Court voted school segregation unconstitutional. Yet, education disparities involving race and class still exist.

What do you think about the state of diversity in schools in Oak Park and surrounding areas? Join the conversation in the comment section below or on Twitter using the #OakPark and #RevisitingBrown

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joe from south oak park  

Posted: May 30th, 2014 8:16 AM

Bob- I think you hit the nail on the head here. The more affluent areas are mostly white so the source of segregation here is based largely on socioeconomic terms rather than race. As school funding is largely based on property taxes, the more affluent areas receive much more funding. With better funding, a school can afford better programs leading to increased competition to get into that school. Better schools are a factor in drive up housing prices... further increasing income from taxes

Bob Simpson from Oak Park, Illinois  

Posted: May 30th, 2014 7:06 AM

School segregation has actually increased in recent years. Schools in African American and Latino working class neighborhoods are generally under resourced when compared to schools in more affluent mostly white areas. In addition the corporate-driven policy of school closings, privatization and narrowing of curriculum has been far more devastating in communities of color. Brown established the legal principle of racial equality in education, but not racial equity in education.

Brian from Oak Park  

Posted: May 20th, 2014 5:15 PM

This anniversary puts B vs B in perspective. Amazing that at age 57, B vs B was before I was born. I feel older all the time. The differences between then and now are startling. I am happy to see for the most part this is now a color-blind society. It saddens me when the outliers - racists and race-baiters - capture the headlines, crowding out really remarkable and positive differences between now and then.

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