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View Diary: May 17, 1954 and 1958: Brown v. Board, and my father's birthday (25 comments)

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    Nova Land, marykk

    If they grew up anywhere in the South (and, I think, any of various places in the North), it's likely. I didn't look for many other laws, but those in Kansas and those other four locations where lawsuits were filed indicate that where the resources existed to teach plenty of kids, the money was to be concentrated on the white kids, and to hell with anyone else.

    (And I say anyone else, and I mean it. In Texas, there was as much bias against Hispanic kids as there was against black kids. The litigation history is very, very telling.)

    •  It was New York City (4+ / 0-)

      even if the schools were not segregated by law, they were almost surely segregated in fact.

      •  Martin Espada has superb poem about NYC (4+ / 0-)
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        Nova Land, plf515, Dar Nirron, iampunha

        Public School 190, Brooklyn 1963

        The inkwells had no ink.
        The flag had 48 stars, four years
        after Alaska and Hawaii.
        There were vandalized blackboards
        and chairs with three legs,
        taped windows, retarded boys penned
        in the basement.
        Some of us stared in Spanish.
        We windmilled punches
        or hid in the closet to steal from coats
        as the teacher drowsed, head bobbing.
        We had the Dick and Jane books,
        but someone filled in their faces
        with a brown crayon.

        When Kennedy was shot,
        they hurried us onto buses,
        not saying why,
        saying only that
        something bad had happened.
        But we knew
        something bad had happened,
        knew that before
        November 22, 1963.

        Politics is highschool drama taken to a new level.| 08ama! | -5.50 -6.26

        by vertexoflife on Sat May 17, 2008 at 08:30:40 AM PDT

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