Sixty-five years ago today, the United States Supreme Court issued its ruling in Brown v. Board of Education and unanimously overturned decades of legalized segregation that embedded white supremacy into America’s education system.
The justices recognized that separate but equal has no place in a fair society. Separate is inherently unequal.
And in the decades that followed, our nation embraced a belief that every child, regardless of their skin color, deserves access to the same quality education.
But in our lifetimes, that belief stands threatened, as many disparities grow worse by the year.
The number of Black and Brown children attending schools designated as “intensely segregated” has more than tripled in the sixty-five years since Brown v. Board of Education was decided.
Segregated schools are not a relic from our past — for too many kids, it is their present. Experts find that this results in less experienced teachers, higher teacher turnover, failing facilities, and fewer classroom resources.