Integration: Then and Now Sarah Dawley

The Brown vs. Board of Education decision ruled that it was unconstitutional to separate children of different races in schools. The Little Rock 9, Jim Crow Laws, hate and activist groups, and many other events led to segregation being deemed unconstitutional in public places. Segregation between black and white people was present all over the United States during the twentieth century when this happened.
The goal of the trial Brown vs. Board of Education was to end the discrimination of races in public schools all over the country. Since racial discrimination was still extremely present in tradition and law, this trial was supposed to make an impact on young children and to get them to change their ways and the ways of future generations.
There were many people who contributed to integrating schools in both small and large ways. For example, the Plessy v. Ferguson ruling of separate but equal led to the need for the Brown v. Board of Education trial which overturned that decision and allowed black students to attend school with white students.

Advocates of integration had to overcome many obstacles. How were they going to do this? Who would be angry? What kind of people were going to be against them? They were able to overcome these challenges through marches, Ruby Bridges going to school, and the Little Rock 9. Since de jure segregation had been resolved, those who still believed in de facto segregation would have to change their ways whether it be right away or over time. These efforts gradually led to the successful integration of public schools.

The Brown v. Board of Education trial has led us to where we are today because our schools now have kids with ethnicities from all over the world. It also inspired other public places such as restaurants and shops to enforce integration. Today, not many people care about what the color of someone's skin is or what they look like when they're at school because racial segregation has lost its significance, especially among younger generations.
Something that is similar to the integration of public schools is the acceptance of transgender students in schools. The goals are similar: to be accepted for who you are because of something you can't help. Both involved numerous court cases and similar obstacles such as school boards, protestors, intense discrimination and hate, and fellow pupils.

I chose this video because the teacher in the video above is a great example of a terrible supporter of his students. The least he could do is pretend to be in support of the decisions of his trans students, but instead he chooses to draw attention to his personal preferences, and not enough to their education. He is only making drama and not doing his job as a teacher to educate or support his students.

WORKS CITED:

National Women's History Museum. (2010, February 05). Retrieved May 01, 2017, from https://www.nwhm.org/education-resources/biography/biographies/ruby-bridges/

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Created with images by torbakhopper - "a bit of controversy surrounding the transgender flag: san francisco (2012)" • Edgard86 - "School" • archivesfoundation - "Leaders at the Head of the Civil Rights March on Washington" • US Department of Education - "_PR10255" • bilderbastlerin - "Trans*march Berlin 2014"

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