“Schools are segregated because white people want them that way”The big problem we all live with with the American K-12 educational system is that we are running out of white children. As we all know, white children are magic, but we don’t have enough of them to go around anymore to solve everybody else’s problems.
Nikole Hannah-Jones on the persistence of segregation in American life. Updated by Sean Illing@email@example.com Oct 26, 2017, 8:50am EDT
“Schools are segregated because white people want them that way. … We won’t fix this problem until we really wrestle with that fact.”
That’s what Nikole Hannah-Jones, New York Times Magazine writer and recipient of a prestigious “genius grant,” told me in a recent interview. “Genius grant” is the popular term for the MacArthur fellowship, a no-strings-attached $625,000 grant awarded to 24 “exceptionally creative people” each year.
Hannah-Jones was selected this year for her probing work on segregation in American society, particularly in housing and education. She’s probably best known for her two award-winning stories “Choosing a School for My Daughter in a Segregated City” and “The Problem We All Live With.”
There are a lot of different systems that would work okay if K-12 students were, say, 75% white/Asian (much like American 4-year colleges work pretty well under a lot of different systems for organizing them).
But That’s Not Who We Are … anymore.