For some people Brown vs Board of Education will never be settled. Dorothy Counts-Scoggins is one of those people.
When Dorothy Counts-Scoggins showed up for her first day of high school almost 60 years ago, she didn’t even make it into the building before she was spat on, targeted with thrown trash and told to “go back to Africa.”
She was 15 years old that day in 1957 and the first black student to attend Harding High, a previously all-white school in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Her only friend stopped making eye contact in the hallway before the week was out. A group of boys surrounded her in the cafeteria and spat in her food. Other students threw a sharp object at her head once while she was facing her locker. Police officials told her worried parents they could not guarantee her safety.
For Dorothy it’s still 1957.
Retired from a long career as a preschool teacher and advocate for early childhood education, she travels to local communities to educate them on the importance of school diversity. Her work comes as the Charlotte-Mecklenburg school board mulls over a new student assignment plan.
In February, the school board voted to try and decrease the number of district schools with high concentrations of poor students. When the board decides on a final plan in the next few months, Counts-Scoggins hopes to convince community members to support one that promotes socioeconomic diversity.
In other words, back to busing students so they they can get a diverse education.
What does this mean for you if you’re a middle class family? Well, first of all it reinforces my argument that putting kids in public school is child abuse. Next, it likely means that your kids will be bused from their suburban school district to an inner city school and vice-versa.
All in the name of equality and fairness.
Where is the push for this coming from?
President Barack Obama’s latest budget proposal sets aside grant money to support schools that are working to integrate along socioeconomic lines.
Obama said he wanted to change the fabric of American society and he’s doing just that. He’s doing it with the help of Mitch McConnell, Paul Ryan, John Boehner, and the Republican Establishment.