Today in Southern History

Southerners gather to protest the integration of the public school system

On May 31, 1955 in a unanamous decision, the Supreme court issued it’s opinion on school integration in a decision commonly known as Brown II. It’s decision that the school system shall be integrated “with all deliberate speed” would send a wave of disgust through the nation but particularly in the still highly segregated Southern states.

The affected States shows a definite bias against Southern peoples. Its interesting to note that there was no significant change in racial attitude from 1865 – 1955

The promise of integration was that from it would be born unity & equality for all. The school system was rigged to defeat the black man. Only through an integrated educational system would he finally be able to rise.

New York University law professor Derrick Bell posited that blacks would have been far better off had the federal government enforced the 1896 separate but equal ruling. He further argued that the courts should have taken steps to ensure the equal part of the ruling. His thoughts on the matter can be seen here.

What the federal government promised the blessing of integration would bring to our schools
What we actually got from desegragation

At first Southerners fought tooth and nail to maintain the segregation of their school systems. After all as the parents of the children affected they had every right to secure a future for their children. This was to be short lived however as the government once again intervened by sending the national guard to force compliance from us once more.

 

So where are we now?

Our educational system is in ruins. Today you must pass through a metal detector to attend classes. Your average school looks more like a maximum security prison than a place of education. It teaches an egalitarian worldview with little resemblance to the actual world we live in.

White children are taught to hate their own selves while blacks are taught they have been wronged by everyone and everything. Through all of this the negro still languishes behind, his equality still as elusive as ever. Unfortunately the true legacy of desegregation was a completely decimated educational system incapable of educating anyone.