Brown V. Board Of Education Essay

1477 Words Jul 31st, 2014 6 Pages
In 1954 the landmark Supreme Court decision, Brown v. Board of Education, decided that separate was far from equal when it came to the public education system. This monumental ruling has spurred protests throughout the years as many citizens questioned its effectiveness and seriousness of purpose. Sixty years later, the decision is still being questioned as recent trends indicate that several schools across the country, especially in the inner cities, are experiencing racial resegregation. The current trend of resegregation in public schools stems from changing racial and cultural demographics as well as relaxed laws at the federal, state, and district level. Jeremy Fiela relates school resegregation to a model of social closure through discussions on racial imbalance and school composition, which ultimately contribute to changes in exposure for blacks, whites, and Hispanics. Tracing exposure levels from 1993 to 2010, Fiela finds that growth in racial imbalance increases blacks’ and Hispanics’ exposure to whites, but reduces whites’ exposure to blacks and Hispanics (832). It is determined that racial exposure is asymmetric in that white-black exposure is far different from black-white exposure due to the declining presence of white students in minority schools. The author found that these trends in decreased exposure for white students can be described as top-down, with influence from the state to the district level (Fiela 834). Each branch in the educational system fosters…

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