Please allow me to define the terms of the debate prior to getting into it. Today's "segregated schools" are not taking place in the context of the laws and policies that constructed such an outcome in the past.
In the past a Black person that was fully qualified to attend a "White school" per his residency was not allowed to walk through the front door because of his race. Schools in the same school district discriminated against "Black schools" by providing them with far less resources than the "White school" in the same district. This was systematic racism.
Today's "segregated public schools" are a function of de facto racially segregated housing patterns. Bottom line people tend to live with "their own kind". Over time neighborhoods "flip".
The Only Viable Long Term Solution Is Management Of The Civic Service Resources Within The Black Community
When I debate a Black progressive on the issue of developing the competencies in our own community they typically will bring forth RACISM:
- Racism in school suspension rates
- Racism in resources between school systems (per student spending)
- Racism in advanced placement classes
- Racism graduation rates
The terminal flaw of this strategy is that they promise future benefit to the Black community - a fully realized Black citizen of America - IF we struggle hard enough to have external forces relieve their opposition to sharing of their resources so that we can develop as a community.
These leaders are running a political battle against their right-wing/conservative adversaries. In the process of doing so they are flubbing their main priority - leading the people with an adequate balance of external defense and internal regulation toward a structure that has proven results in line with our interests.
I know first hand as a parent that a child must be provided with limits. He will progress through the resulting pathway that is created, remaining on the straight and narrow. It takes an adult with life experience to provide this guidance. In the absence of parents to provide this guidance the community is required to form an eco-system within which these rules are to be enforced.
When the people are convinced that the balance of the resources that they need to develop this functional eco-system reside EXTERNAL to their "family calling circle" the spirit of inferiority sets about them.
If our people are "valuable" then it must be a mandate placed upon the adults with influence upon them to express this value and then have the children to operate with such valuation in mind per their development efforts.