I just finished Shame of the Nation: The Restoration of Apartheid Schooling in America by Jonathan Kozol. Kozol visited 60 schools in 11 states over a five-year period and finds, despite the promise of Brown v. Board of Education, many schools serving black and Hispanic children are spiraling backward to the pre-Brown era. These schools lack the basics: clean classrooms, hallways and restrooms; up-to-date books in good condition; and appropriate laboratory supplies. Kozol argues that school segregation is still the rule for poor minorities and he believes a new civil rights movement will be necessary to eradicate it.
“’He defended the cause of the poor and needy, and so all went well. Is that not what it means to know me?’ declares the Lord.”--Jeremiah 22:16