A Personal Response to the Benefits of Desegregation

April 12, 2011 in 1960s-1970s, Political history, Social history

      Who really benefited from desegregation?  That is a very difficult and very encompassing question, so I will only speak to it from a very personal point of view.  My Father and Mother were both raised in Kentucky, specifically Jackson County.  They were raised in the old school fashion where people of color stayed to themselves.  My father moved to Ohio for work and that is where I was born. 

     By the time I came of school age desegregation of the school systems was in full effect.  I began school in Dayton, Ohio in the 1960’s.  I was bussed to different schools to meet school quotas of race.  I enjoyed going to mixed schools because I learned so much from the different cultures. One thing I learned is that we are all the same with the same hopes and aspirations to succeed.  I hope that in return people of color that were bussed to schools in my area learned or experienced the same things I did. Many white people with money typically fled the areas of desegregation, usually to the suburbs.  I am glad that my family did not have the means to do so. If my parents were racist, the desegregation of the school system taught me not to be. 

So who really benefited from desegregation, I did.


  Swann v. Charlotte-Mecklenburg Board of Education: The Supreme Court of the United States rules unanimously that busing of students may be ordered to achieve racial desegregation.The law lost most of its power in 1974 when the Courts required proof of segregation across district lines. This good will gesture at racial integration created so much anger that what we call White Flight to the far suburbs increased as dramatically as did those Whites left behind sending their children to resurgent Catholic schools.  

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