Why Do African Americans Remain In The 21st Century?

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Many people would say that African Americans have majorly progressed since the Brown v Board of Education decision in 1954. The decision is acknowledged as one of the greatest decisions the Supreme Court has made in the 20th century. The decision ended legal segregation in public schools. Although legally segregation ended in 1954, does it still remain in the 21st century? More than 50 years later, we do see substantial improvements among African Americans in regards to segregation in schools. In 1940, only about 12% of African Americans graduated high school and 2% graduated college. In 2000, about 72% of African Americans graduated high school and 14.5% graduated college (The Journal of Negro Education). Despite these improvements, racial disparity between whites and blacks remain.
Lakeside High school is a high school located in a Midwest suburb area and is among one of the largest high schools in the country. During the 2001-2002 school year, Lakeside High had about 3,000 students consisting of 48% white, 40% black, and the remaining 12% a mixture between Latinos and Asians. Within this high school, there were
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She can’t afford to pay for her children’s education, but wishes for the best public education possible. She feels that her kids benefit from going to a diverse school that has different cultures because they get to see a better life and what they can do for a better life, such as dream bigger. Ms. Dangerfield said “the system might not be perfect, but it gives them options.” All three of her boys attended different middle schools that accommodated to their individual needs. If the city decided to split into two separate ones, it would take away other kids choice of where they wanted to further their education. Movements similar to Baton Rouge are happening across the nation, which makes you question if African Americans have progressed as much as it

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