Suburbs No Refuge for Black Students

By Free Radical

New data show that students of color are subject to discrimination in suburban school districts.

New data show that students of color are subject to discrimination in suburban school districts.

Following World War II, the number of Blacks living in suburban areas skyrocketed. Here they often sought what they hoped would be safer neighborhoods and better opportunities for their children.

However a new study by the federal Civil Rights Data Collection suggests that the suburbs is more of a broken promise than a promised land. Reporting on new data, the USA Today outlined how students of color are more likely to be suspended and less likely to take fewer AP classes than their White classmates. In some suburban districts, Black students are even several grades behind White students.

Student Kennedy Jackson of the Rochester metropolitan area was featured. Jackson was regularly the target of racial epithets. Unfortunately, Jackson was not an anomaly. Bethany Beru had a similarly harrowing story. In the middle of a lesson, her teacher hurled a racial epithet at her. When Beru contacted administrators, nothing was done.

Corrective measures had been proposed by former president Barack Obama’s administration. According to guidelines, school districts could be penalized if they disproportionately target students of color for severe punishments. However, the Trump administration and its education head, Betsy Devos have indicated that they will move to rescind these protections.

For more on the experiences of students of color in the suburbs, click here.

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