Are segregated schools good for Black children?

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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