Why Are Blacks Disappointed With The Ruling On Busing?

dimstar79.jpgThe Supreme Court has issued an historic decision in which the forced desegregation orders of the 1950’s have been put to rest, for now. Was busing a necessary evil? I think so, although ultimately it appears to have been a failed social experiment. If school districts had properly funded all schools equally to begin with, then busing and desegregation would have been unnecessary from the start. However, that was not the case and so busing was a cure to an ill.

The system was skewed against Black Americans from the start, the Black community was given the bulk of the busing load to carry. So why aren’t more Blacks happy that busing has effectively been put down?

Not long ago (By Supreme Court Standards) in a school district, which happened to be Black, became frustrated by an integration plan which seemed to do little in the service of their community. So they fought it and won. Central High School in Louisville KY. was returned to a ‘neighborhood school’ by the slam of a gavel in Federal Court. The NAACP and every other organization that could get their picture in the paper applauded the effort and success. The only dissenter was the judge who saw the action as a “step backward”, but was compelled by legal maneuvering from the Black community(AKA the law suit brought against the Jefferson County School Board) to rule in their favor.

Fast forward to June 29, 2007 and another court has made a similar ruling, only this time the plaintiff was white and the court in question was the Supreme Court. Why did this case even go that far? Blacks were able to receive justice at the Federal Court level. The plaintiffs race seems to be the only distinguishable factor, both cases revolved around the school boards use of race in school assignment, both were tried by the same attorney, something seems a little strange. Anyway, now that the ruling has finally come down and people are upset?

I am confused, and worse yet I find myself in agreement with Louis Coleman. (Having typed that I may have to cut off my finger tips at a later date.) Coleman is the only person, who regularly speaks for the Black community locally, who has said it like it is. He feels, as do I, that the system has failed to produce any results more significant than a diverse classroom. The original goal was to improve education for ALL children within a district.

This original goal was doomed as soon as school’s began to institute “special” schools. You know them, they go by fancy titles like “Traditional Schools” or “Magnet Schools.” These schools allowed any white person with either enough money or enough political pull to vacate the busing scenario all together leaving behind poor whites and poor blacks to take hour long bus rides to schools.

Meanwhile the wealthy were sending their children to secretly segregated schools within the district, but they did have to provide their own transportation, at first. So the money which was supposed to flow into integrated schools and level the education received by all children, flowed instead to “special” schools, stunning isn’t it. Is it any wonder why the education system in America has been laying a big fat goose egg for the past thirty years?

The best part is that this program was designed to help Black students and so they where the ones required to be bussed for the majority of their school years. So who was even less interested in being at school? You guessed it, the kids who had to ride for an hour a day to get somewhere they didn’t want to go. A school far away from family, friends and community. The parents of these students where even worse off, if there was a meeting or school activity which required their attendance, they had to travel across town to attend. Do you think they stood in line to become PTA members of a school which required an expedition on their behalf to get to? Not very often, I’m willing willing to bet.

I really am stunned that the Black community is upset with the most recent court ruling regarding race and school assignment. The really stunning remarks are the ones that seem to have a sense of “surprise” to them.

This is the same ruling the Black community heard years ago and sang its praises.

~ by DimStar on June 29, 2007.

6 Responses to “Why Are Blacks Disappointed With The Ruling On Busing?”

  1. I think it was noble ideals which drove the whole busing thing. But, I, too, share the sentiment that all it produced was diversity. Also, I think this proves that diversity wasn’t the end-all. There’s something to be said for a shared community, commonality, race, culture, and so forth. I have similar discussions with folks in church about a related topic. The question is, why don’t we have more diversity in our churches? The simple answer is people attend where they feel welcome, where they feel comfortable. This also begs the question: If whites (or conversely, blacks) were more welcoming, loving, etc. to those who don’t match their ethnic blueprint, would people of another race feel comfortable in their churches, in their schools, and in their organizations? In general, I don’t believe they would, and so would gravitate toward those with whom they feel a racial kinship. If that’s true then it certainly makes me wonder why we force busing (or any other diversity program, intended or not) given the considerations. At the time, I’m sure those who legislated this mess simply didn’t foresee the counterintuitive consequences of busing, just as they don’t see the same problems with diversity programs currently en vogue. My opinion, if you’re comfortable in an ethnically diverse setting, then by all means involve yourself in it. If prefer to be in a setting which isn’t ethnically diverse, then that’s okay too, but I don’t think this is a one size fits all scenario. Making these things compulsory only worsens the situation.

  2. I can’t believe we agree!

    Busing was stupid- pissing money away on all that extra gas and busses when the money could have just gone to the poorer school to make them better.

    What retard came up with bussing anyway?

  3. I can see where the initial bussing scenerio seemed like a good idea. Local school districts where refusing to fund all schools equally so that the Black community saw the gross in-equality of the education recieved by Black and White students.
    However, even in schools today where a diverse student body go to learn, voluntary segregation occurs. Look in any Cafeteria(sp?) and with the few exceptions aside I find that like racial groups tend to migrate into clusters on their own.
    The real issue I see in todays class room and community as a whole is respect for all communities, White, Black or Other.

  4. They keep us divided intentionally. And we love to eat it up right out of the palm of their hands.

    “Benign neglect” is what it was called during the Nixon Admin.

  5. Busing was and still is a necessary evil, inner city schools are, to put it bluntly, apartheid schools. suburban schools are better funded and better overall, inner city kids are getting short end of the stick, busing was something that could aid these kids to get out of the ghetto, now diversity (what little of it exists) will fall by the wayside and Plessy not Brown will be the more influential ruling

  6. Puddin- I think the first part of your comment is the solution. I don’t think busing is the right answer. They need to change the way they pay for schools. Poorer schools get jacked, which of course perpetuates the cycle of poverty.

    Just the way the powers that be like it.

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