School Segregation Now And Then Essay

1309 words - 6 pages

“I have a dream!” Martin Luther King once said. He dreamed of a complete desegregated USA and the same chances for everybody where all men are created equal no matter of race or religious background. Schools were a big issue in the 1960s, many black children did not finish high school to help their parents and those who did could often not afford to go to college. Compared to the white schools, the black schools had a massive lack of equipment and the teachers got paid a lot less. Even though many things have changed since then, there is still segregation left in parts of the U.S., especially in schools.
While the first schools for African Americans were already established in the 1850s it ...view middle of the document...

The staff of black schools was underpaid and since it was very hard to go to college there were not always available teachers to find.
About 50 years had to go by until it came to the next major change of the segregation. In 1954 the court case Brown v Board of Education of Topeka was handed down. It was the result of half of a century of struggle under separate and unequal and made any parts of segregation illegal, but soon enough a new problem came up, what exactly is desegregation. Not only on the white side where people still, even after Brown, tried to limit the rights of blacks and especially black students, but also on the African American side where people did not exactly know what they wanted. Was it desegregation, integration or just the equal educational opportunity? And besides that how can one proof a school is desegregated or not. Is it defined by the percentage of colored and white students or the number of graduates of minority race students? There were many different definitions and assumptions of the word desegregation and still today it is not 100 percent clarified.
When Brown v Board of Education came up in the beginning of the new civil rights movement in 1954 it gave people hope. Brown ruled that the school segregation was not constitutional after the 14th amendment of 1886 and the right of liberty guaranteed through the 5th amendment (Hendrie, 1999). Blacks assumed that once the school system would be desegregated everything else would fall in its place. It looked like it would work out but not for long and people realized they had not reached their goals yet. Even though it was legal for black students to attend white schools it was very rare because of extreme racial discrimination by students and teachers, “the Supreme Court possessed no magic wand to wave […] [the obstacles] away.” (Hendrie, 1999) In a very few areas a black and a white school were put into one big school which worked out better but it often came to fights on the hallway between the races. This went on a long time and nobody knew what to do or did not even look for a solution.
The once who were hoping for a historical change after Brown, were massively disappointed. The school system did not change a bit and public buildings were still segregated.
The problem of segregated schools is still a problem today that one can argue. As an example in Cleveland, Mississippi there are three types of schools, the schools on the eastside are almost completely attended by black students, the once on the west are mainly white, one school which was founded 1906 now reached an...

Find Another Essay On School Segregation Now and Then

Reflection Then And Now Essay

882 words - 4 pages Walking into College Now English class the first day and after reading the course description, I assumed it was going to be about learning methods and strategies of how to write and interpret different ways of writing. At the beginning of the course, I felt like all the work was not very self-explanatory, but at the same time it seemed like if I worked hard and made an effort it would pay off. I understood that the purpose of the assignments

Cuba: Then and Now Essay

2294 words - 9 pages Cuba: Then and Now In the Treaty of Paris of 1898, Spain relinquished all sovereignty over Cuba. For a time, the policy of the United States toward Cuba was somewhat ambivalent. The Teller Amendment at the beginning of the Spanish-American War had pledged the restoration of Cuba to the Cubans. However, at the same time the United States was determined that it would not be placed after the war with Spain in a worse position in regard to

Society, Now and Then

974 words - 4 pages . I believe we should continue to present this novel to our upcoming high school students due to the clarity of our past history this book has given and without it, the past will be forgotten by many and remembered by few. Many people believe this novel shouldn’t be brought upon our students but without it, we will forget about the cruelty that existed back then. Twain wrote what was in his sight, “there was things which he stretched, but mainly

racism then and now

877 words - 4 pages different motives for coming to America, whether to seek a better life or better yet, forget about their previous life in Japan. They all had secrets, ranging from what they left behind in Japan to some secret affairs with the deckhands. The long voyage left them plenty of time to think and dream of what their new life would consist of in America. The book then goes through their lives in America, speaking of the different outcomes of each wife

Automobiles Then and Now

1349 words - 5 pages Automobiles Then and Now The automobile has become an important part in our nations economy. In fact such an important part that is has called for many changes through out its history. One of the main changes is the body. In the 1950's the body was made mostly of steel. This was okay if you like bulky, heavy, gas guzzling cars. The main reason why steel was so widely used is that the steel industry was so huge and steel was so cheep

Homeless Now and Then

851 words - 3 pages Homeless Now and ThenThere is an ancient proverb that states "Judge not, lest ye be judged" (King James Version, Matt.7.1). There is a lot of truth to that statement. However, I would contend that it should say "Judge not, because you don't have enough information." Just as old as the proverb is a sub-culture in human society known as the homeless. I have my own experience with this group of people that has mingled through the fabric of humanity

Thanksgiving: Then and Now

880 words - 4 pages Thanksgiving: Then and Now Thanksgiving is a holiday that began hundreds of years ago. It was a celebration of many different things. One of the most important reasons for the celebration was thankfulness that many of the Pilgrims survived the first year of their new lives in America. Today, however, Thanksgiving seems to have a very different meaning to people. Their main focus is not being thankful for the things they have, but wanting more

Underwear: Then and Now

1176 words - 5 pages lye soaps, so the garments washed most regularly had to be plain and of a rather sturdy material. (Harrison 11) One only has to look to the nearest mall, to see that undergarments now are far from plain and are designed and worn for their sex appeal. Your typical American shopping center has a rather sizable lingerie store such as Victoria's Secret and/or Frederick's of Hollywood where one can see the frilly, lacy, colorful undergarments worn by

Fingerprints: Then and Now

1839 words - 8 pages not used as a scientific means of identification. It would be a while before the fingerprint collection grew, and then Herschel realized they could be used to prove or disprove identities. Several decades later, the first use of fingerprints occurred in the United States when Gilbert Thompson used a thumbprint in an attempt to prevent forgery on a document in 1882. Also in the 1880s were the observations of fingerprints as identification by

Tragedies Then and Now

724 words - 3 pages caused death upon innocent people. The tragedy of Julius Caesar and the Denver movie theater shooting both relate to the betrayal of peers. When the conspirators planned to killed Caesar they made plans to lure him to them all, then stab him. “Stoop, romans, stoop, and let us bathe our hands in Caesar’s blood up to the elbows, and besmear our swords” (26). The family and friends of the people who got killed/injured in the Denver movie theater

Economy Then and Now

1075 words - 5 pages rethink his action of cutting costs for the United States Military. The British military then started forcing American sailors into service, which led to Jefferson’s suspension of trade with both France and England. The trade war resulted in a horrible economy, destroyed trade in the Northeast, and started a war with England. However, Jefferson was a smart man; his incredibly brilliant negotiations and ties to France led to the Louisiana

Similar Essays

Racism: Then And Now Essay

1366 words - 6 pages , who at the time was in the middle of defending Tom Robinson. These people include family, Mrs. Dubose, and kids at school. All of these people are very different, yet they share similar beliefs. All of this collectively shows that the majority of Maycomb County is against Atticus defending Tom Robinson (Lee). The book also illustrates racism through the justice system. As Atticus is defending Tom, it is clear to the reader that he is innocent

Then And Now Essay

1651 words - 7 pages son. Telling him how his son does well in school. Asking if his son told him that Scout brought him home for dinner once. She also asks Mr. Cunningham to tell his son hey for her. It seems that Mr. Cunningham isn’t interested in this so scout tries once more. She tries to tell him that entailments are bad but not to worry. Scout stops talking and starts to feel nervous because everyone is looking at her. Then Mr Cunningham says “I’ll tell him

Marriage Then And Now Essay

1063 words - 5 pages . Works Cited ✓ Web Sources Neuman, Fredric. "Fighting Fear." Dating: Then and Now. N.p., 11 Jan. 2013. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. Go, Pauline. "Dating In America - Past and Present." Ezine @rticles. N.p., 28 Apr. 2008. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. "Relationships Then And Now: Changes In Social Values Change The Dating Scene." Youth Marketing, Youth Media, Youth Research, Youth Insights. YPULSE, 1 Mar. 2011. Web. 12 Feb. 2014. Priscoll, Mark. "Dating

Rap: Then And Now Essay

2085 words - 9 pages married at the time of his birth. Eminem attended Lincoln Junior High School and Osbourne High School where he started listening to LL Cool J and 2 Live Crew (Newsmakers). Eminem quickly gained a reputation for his ability of rhyming. Eminem’s interest in becoming a rapper started then and he never looked back. Eminem is one of the most popular rappers in today’s music culture and he got most of his ideas and inspirations from 2pac. As said by