Mississippi Democratic Party Statement on Desegregation of Cleveland Schools
Jackson, MS – Following the court's order to desegregate schools in Cleveland, Mississippi, Mississippi Democratic Party spokesperson, Ouida Meruvia, issued the following statement:
"It is fitting that on the eve of the 62nd anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the court has ordered Mississippi to make a significant stride forward in achieving the ideal set forth in Brown - equality in our public school system.
"However, with the court's ruling, we're reminded that equality in our state's public education system has not been pursued 'with all deliberate speed,' but instead has been a long, hard struggle that many Mississippians have fought for, and continue to fight for, to this day.
"Democrats in Mississippi will continue our work to ensure that all students, regardless of race or zip code, will have equal access to a quality, fully-funded public education system."
Kingfish note: Now what data that is missing from the press release and this Clarion-Ledger story?
The press release and newspaper article oddly enough do not state the racial composition of the actual schools. The information is readily available on the Department of Education website (Until Dr. Wright scrubs it as other information has either disappeared or is no longer updated.). The demographic information* for each school is:
Cleveland High School
White: 298 students (47.76%)
Black: 281 students (45.03%)
Hispanic: 32 students
East Side High School
Black: 368 students (>95%)
Now for the middle and junior high schools.
Margaret Green Junior High School
Black: 264 students (50.48%)
White: 225 students (43.02%)
Hispanic: 28 students
D.M. Smith Middle School
Black: 245 students (99.59%)
Same pattern: One school is fully integrated while the other has a student population that is only one race. The elementary schools are posted below.
Bell Elementary School
Black: 193 students (52%)
White: 158 students (42%)
Asian: 11 students (<1 b="">1>
Cypress Park Elementary School
Black: 261 students (100%)
Nailor Elementary School
Black: 371 students (100%)
Parks Elementary School
Black:149 students (42%)
White: 187 students (53%)
Pearman Elementary School
Black: 168 students (66%)
White: 62 students (25%)
Hispanic: 11 students
There is no desegregation taking place as a result of this opinion. There are simply not enough white students to go around. Oddly enough, this information is missing from the Jimmie Gates story. His story only states "The Cleveland School District has about 3,700 students, with about 66 percent black, 30 percent white and 4 percent Asian or Hispanic." The reader can reasonably infer from his story that the white kids are in one school while the black kids are shuffled off to the other. The rest of the media ignored this data as well. It's all about reporting on racist Mississippi, you understand.
The Cleveland schools are already integrated. The fight has gone from striking down separate but equal to ensure children of all races go to school together to the scene of little Strelnikovs counting away on their racial abacuses and shrieking racism when their demands are not met.
*Some of the percentages will not add up to 100. MDE did not provide enough data to ensure 100%. 1>