Plainfield was one of the first communities in the USA to have mandated school ethnic equality in the late 50s-early 60s. Unfortunately that led to the first wave of “white” exodus not entirely because of the presence of black students but the destruction of the neighborhood school system.
“According to a study prepared by the Rutgers-Newark Institution of Education Law and Policy and the Civil Rights Project at UCLA), black students in our state are two times as likely to attend apartheid schools that those in the South.
An apartheid school is defined in this study as having 1% or less white students, which is comparable to segregation in the Jim Crow South or apartheid South Africa. The situation in our state is enough to have Professor Gary Ottfield of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA characterize the schools in New Jersey, a state that is 68 percent white, as hyper-segregated.”
We do not need constant inflammatory rhetoric about the “New Jim Crowism” without reflecting on our own relationships with other ethnic, racial, and religious individuals. Instead let us forget our egos and look for an impartial solution to the education problem.