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  •  In Orange County, California; of all places (2+ / 0-)
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    Woody, TexasTwister

    In the western part of the US, Asians and Latinos were forced into segregated schools.

    I should look up the details but I believe in the late 40's; in very Republican Orange County, California; a judge ruled that segregation, of Mexican - American students at least, was illegal.

    •  Separate and unequal (0+ / 0-)

      In my hometown in Texas, we had the Anglo schools and the black school and the Juan Seguin School for the Tejanos, some of whom had roots going back to before the "whites" and the "blacks" arrived.

      New textbooks went to the Anglo schools first. After three years of use, they were replaced, and the three-year-old books were sent to the Juan Seguin School. After three more years, the newer textbooks arrived and those older books went to the black school.

      It's a lot better now in the small towns of Texas, but in the big cities, not so much. Even in my hometown, where minority students comprise more than half the classes, there's a former rural school district on what is now the edge of town. When someone moves in from out of town, the real estate agents explain that they should buy a house in the formerly rural school district -- it's 90% Anglo.

      Of course, because I live in NYC now, I understand. The city schools are overwhelmingly minority, the suburban schools are for the whites. The state-aid formulas favor the suburban districts. Well, God's in his heaven and all's right with the world -- right?

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