Apparently, there has not been an overwhelmingly significant change in Chicago public schools as far as desegregation 55 years after one of the largest boycotts in the city’s history. The area’s school system is still segregated along racial lines, according to reports published this year.
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Chicago was ground zero for a major protest on Oct. 22, 1963, in which hundreds of thousands of community members protested the city’s public school for race-based separation of students. The massive protest, known as “Freedom Day,” involved more than 200,000 children and adults. The movement had one of its most prominent supporters in Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The protest was important because of its purpose and the sheer volume of protesters, but also because of its timing. Nearly a decade earlier, the Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka ruled that segregated public education was unconstitutional. Yet, Chicago schools, devoid of an overt segregation policy, still had clear divisions between Black and white students.
Today, the Chicago public school system is still fragmented by segregation to some degree. The city, following a pattern more commonly seen in the South, has seemingly resegregated students, as reported by Vox in an article updated in August.
Many schools serve certain ethnicities in various neighborhoods in Chicago, with students grouped together by race and class. This is possible because school districts can re-zone in ways that can either bolster integration or hinder it. The school district’s population of white and Black students can also impact segregation. In Chicago, 8.9 percent of CPS students are white, a fact that has been criticized as a persuasion against integration in the city’s schools. It’s unclear what major solutions will be put into place to address segregation going forward.
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1. O'Shae Terry
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On Saturday, September 1st, Mr. O’Shae Terry was shot and killed by an Arlington Police officer. The shooting occurred during a routine traffic stop for an expired vehicle registration tag.— Arlington, TX NAACP (@ArlingtonNAACP) October 8, 2018
At our next General Body Meeting, we will be receiving an update from Arlington PD. pic.twitter.com/ReZQyA5oVP
2. Botham JeanSource: 2 of 17
3. Deandre BallardSource: 3 of 17
4. Chinedu OkobiSource: 4 of 17
5. Jeffrey Dennis
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This is #JeffreyDennis being recorded by his fiancé (he proposed in July). #Shesaidyes but they won’t be getting married. He was murdered on 8/29 by a plainclothes @PhillyPolice. @JoshShapiroPA has a recording that proves he was unarmed/nonviolent & shot at point blank range. pic.twitter.com/NPCYWQl5GZ— S. Lee Merritt, Esq. (@MeritLaw) October 22, 2018
6. India Kager
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India Kager (9/5/15)--India was shot and killed in the parking lot of a 7-11. Police fired 30 rounds in under 15 secs into her car even though they knew her 4-month-old son was in the back seat. In motherhood Black women's lives are not respected #HDD2018 #SayHerName #TownHall pic.twitter.com/gcgqBR8142— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) March 27, 2018
7. India Beaty
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Today on March 19th, we remember India Beaty who was killed by Norfolk, VA police in a parking lot. She was shot five times in the back for reportedly holding a fake gun. #SayHerName #IndiaBeaty pic.twitter.com/T0ZaklqqfZ— African American Policy Forum (@AAPolicyForum) March 19, 2018
8. Meagan HockadaySource: 8 of 17
9. Kisha Michael
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Kisha Michael: killed by Ingelwood police. Say her name. pic.twitter.com/pO0Y4qutiJ— NOlympics LA #LocksOnMyBlock (@NOlympicsLA) October 1, 2017
10. Mya Hall
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Mya Shawatza Hall, 27, Black, trans, from Fort Meade, MD (killed 03-30-2015) pic.twitter.com/p9IMSZhktn— LGBTQIAP PoC Beauty (@LGBTQIAPoC) September 14, 2015
11. Janisha FonvilleSource: 11 of 17
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14. Antwon RoseSource: 14 of 17
15. Danny Ray Thomas
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Here's a police shooting of an unarmed black man case that few know about. A Texas deputy killed Danny Ray Thomas days after Sacramento cops killed Stephon Clark...https://t.co/LMbaldMzxW pic.twitter.com/jPzcU2ARAx— NewsOne (@newsone) April 22, 2018
16. Markeis McGlockton
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Michael Drejka shot and killed 28-year-old Markeis McGlockton in Florida. https://t.co/aTVroU2F4B— NewsOne (@newsone) September 3, 2018
Reports Show Chicago Schools Just As Segregated As Ever was originally published on newsone.com