May 18th, 2014
10:34 AM ET

60 Years After Brown v. Board of Education, Are Schools Still Struggling with Segregation?

This weekend marks the 60th Anniversary of the historic Brown v. Board of Education ruling. The ground-breaking decision desegregated schools and forever changed the makeup of American classrooms. But many people– including Attorney General Eric Holder– say racism is still very much alive. Saturday, during his commencement speech at Morgan State University, he referenced recent comments made by Donald Sterling and rancher Cliven Bundy, saying:

"These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done – because the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines. They are more subtle. They cut deeper."

"New Day Weekend" sat down with political science professor Jason Johnson and educational administration professor Sheneka Williams to discuss.

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  1. Farris Muhammad

    Dr. Sheneka Williams articulate well a few key points pertaining to integrations and separation. Student assignment policies will need to be revisited by districts that yearn to have a more diverse population of students. Nevertheless, there exists a faulty assumption that the masses (schools, communities, families) of people desire integration –as Dr. Williams alluded too. Throughout history we have learned, when the country is seriously ready for change, it occurs. It is clear, American public schools do not desire to be effectively integrated –at least not now.

    I wish Dr. Williams could have expounded upon some of those critical points at greater length. Maybe CNN will have her back on?!?!?

    June 2, 2014 at 12:36 am | Reply

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