Until I read “What Black Schools Mean to Black Kids” by Jamilah Lemieux (The Nation, Mar. 9), I thought that schools with almost all Black children and all Black teachers were opposed by most Blacks because they were a sign of segregation. But Lemieux maintains that they can make all the difference in the world.
She writes that Black children are a unique population. They need teachers and administrators who understand them as such. If they constitute a minority, they are subject to bullying, confusion and self-loathing. But what about racial diversity? Is that not also indispensable for their development?
The all-Black schools that Lemieux wants once existed in this country until Brown v. Board of Education. I doubt they provided what Black children deserved. If I’m wrong, then all our efforts to integrate schools are a waste of time, energy and money.
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