Collected during: Six Word Stories on Education
Last fall, ProPublica and The Race Card Project teamed up with two Tuscaloosa, Ala., high schools — one integrated, one almost entirely black — to tell the story of resegregation in the South.
I am a 25 year veteran teacher in metro Atlanta GA high schools. Most of those years were in over 99% black schools. A lot of our black schools have been given “Black History Month” names like GW Carver, Booker T. Washington and Benjamin Banneker. Amazingly, these names only appear in black neighborhoods. This isn’t the biggest issue or the second-biggest either. but it tells us something, and it tells all those children something. We need to think about what that message is.