Should Integration Be The Goal?

History matters. And it haunts the present. from today’s Atlantic:

Nearly 60 years after the landmark Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that ordered school districts to desegregate, schools seem to be trending back toward their segregated pasts. In the 1968-69 school year, when the U.S. Department of Education started to enforce Brown, about 77 percent of black students and 55 percent of Latino students attended public schools that were more than half-minority. By the 2009-2010 school year, the picture wasn’t much better for black students, and it was far worse for Latinos: 74 percent of black students and 80 percent of Latino students went to schools that were more than half-minority. More than 40 percent of black and Latino students attended schools that were 90 percent to 100 percent minority.

So maybe it’s time to ask the question that everyone seems to want to avoid…. at what point does the push for integration (or multiracial [blank]) become the wrong objective?

The same question applies to Unitarian Universalism. In the supposed push to have multiracial congregations, shouldn’t the real push have been for UU congregations in minority neighborhoods (or at least not the discouragement of those types of congregations)?

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