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by Joe Murphy

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‘ACTING WHITE’ IN RE-SEGREGATING SCHOOLS

Here’s a book worth talking about, in light of perennial advocacy in the NC GOP for lifting the cap on charter schools and the recent civil disobedience led by state NAACP president William Barber II to protest what critics call the “re-segregation” of Wake County Schools. Richard Thompson Ford’s review of Acting White: The Ironic Legacy of Desegregation by Stuart Buck posted at Slate.com on Monday discusses the notion floated by the book’s author that vouchers and exclusively black-male charter schools can address what Ford calls “the ruinous conclusion” by many black boys, namely “that academic excellence is somehow inconsistent with their racial identities.” Buck argues that the scourge of “acting white” correlates with desegregation, as talented black teachers and administrators were lured away to better opportunities in integrated corporate workforces and black children were bused into hostile white communities with clueless white teachers. But wait, Ford cautions, in his review: “Depsite its status as the defining achievement of the civil rights movement, publicschool desegregation is, for most practical purposes, dead. Since the Supreme Court’s 1991 decision in Board of Education of Oklahoma City v. Dowell, the federal courts have rushed to lift desegregation orders and many once-integrated schools are now steadily re-segregating. America’s public schools are more segregated today than they were in 1988, and they are becoming ever more segregated with each passing year.” — JG

Wikipedia: White noise is a random signal with a flat power spectral density.

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