Segregation in Today' Society

Only available on StudyMode
  • Download(s) : 160
  • Published : November 17, 2012
Open Document
Text Preview
Segregation has been around for many years. Ever since Plessey vs. Ferguson when “separate but equal” came out, blacks and whites have been segregated. Buses were segregated, neighborhoods were segregated, and even schools were segregated. However, in 1954 a family called the Browns went to court against the school board in the Brown vs. Board case. The Browns brought evidence to show that the “separate but equal” motto was false and that even though the two races were indeed “separate,” they were not being treated “equal.”

In court, the Browns’ attorneys were able to prove that segregated schools were not equal because of the way they physiologically affected African American kids. By proving that, they were able to have a law passed to desegregate schools. The whites were not happy about this. In the south, whites publicly protested and tried to use violence to keep black kids away from the white schools. This ended up not working because people from the army where sent with the black kids to ensure their entrance and safety inside white schools. The whites in the north were smarter. They started redlining and the construction of ghetto communities. Redlining and the construction of ghettos basically divided up the white community and the black community. The ghettos were made to have really cheap housing and so blacks were forced into living there because of their financial problems. The rich neighborhoods all contained white residence because they were the only ones that could afford to live there. By segregating neighborhoods, whites were able to segregate schools through neighborhood schools. The neighborhood schools only accepted kids from that neighborhood. With that, whites were able to maintain a segregated school system and still abide by the law.

Many people believe that segregation ended many years ago. When people look at neighborhood schools like Northeast High, they see many different races interacting with one another and think that...
tracking img