I don't mean to interrupt all the cheery talk about racial progress(As one of my favorite people once said in a discussion about whites' beliefs about their own racial attitudes, every few years, a study comes out that says, "whites: getting better all the time.") since the years of the Civil Rights Movement, but I have just been reading Jonathan Kozol's new book, "Shame of the Nation." The world Kozol describes in his book fits my experience pretty well. So-called "diverse" schools are often 90%+ African-American and hispanic. And surprise, surprise, the separate schools are unequal. Testing has twisted the meaning of education and the last twenty-five years of economic policies have hurt America's cities, making people's lives chaotic.
So, sorry I'm in a crabby mood, but it looks like that Alito is going to slide right onto the Supreme Court, and this terrible illegal waris still going on. And as a reflection of the larger policy problems, there are those widespread racist attitudes that people still exhibit. For example, we learned this year that it's still "hip" and "edgy" in some "alternative" social scenes to be a racist asshole.
However, I do go teach every day in a "diverse" school (ie, 85% "minority" according to one website) and it does feel like the post-civil rights era when I'm with them.... sort of.
yeah, yeah, yeah, let's all get to work.