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Re: “Local filmmaker Cash Michaels on Obama, Wake schools and race in N.C.

N.C. citizens have a lot to be proud of including the sit-ins at Woolworth's and the Royal Ice Cream Shop, Holden's militia, but the push to re-segregate schools is troubling. If Michaels believes that "Today's leaders, too, must refuse to be limited and spell out exactly what they want for the schools, whether they think they can get it or not" then all sides must have an open discussion of expectations. The bottom line is that if we want to enjoy the benefits of an equal education we need to know what changes must be made in our individual cultures to overcome fear and resistance and accommodate the necessity for common ground in terms of values and behavior. If you look at public schools you'll see diversity in the student body but often self-segregation in the lunchroom. Is that acceptable to parents who want to hold on to their own cultural attributes but benefit from equal educational opportunities? Busing was a way to make sure that all schools had equal facilities, and that was a brilliant stroke to make that change. Now the State of NC must toe the line insuring the continued promotion of diversity allowing parents and communities to do their part by valuing, promoting, and supporting the best education their children can get.

Posted by Wu on 08/27/2010 at 12:22 PM

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