Here we go again. Clarion-Ledger reporter Jimmie Gates just can't seem to tell the truth about the Cleveland "desegregation" case. Mr. Gates opined in a Sunday Clarion-Ledger column that Cleveland schools should "desegregate" and get along with "other races". Mr. Gates wrote:
One of my co-workers thought the headline saying the Cleveland School District was ordered to desegregate schools was a misprint.Nothing much in that passage. However, keep reading.
It was ironic that almost 62 years to the day since the U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. the Board of Education, a federal judge ordered the 12,300-population Cleveland to consolidate its two middle schools and its two highs schools. One middle school and one high school are majority black while the other middle and high school are majority white.
There has been an ongoing federal case for about 50 years for Cleveland to integrate its schools. U.S. District Judge Debra Brown, the first African-American woman appointed a U.S. District judge in Mississippi, said in her 96-page opinion that “the delay in desegregation has deprived generations of students of the constitutionally guaranteed right of an integrated education.”
About 34 percent of the roughly 3,700-student Cleveland School District is white with black students accounting for about 60 percent.Really? Is this guy capable of doing research? The Mississippi Department of Education provides demographic information on all schools. Mr. Gates should check it out sometime. Here is the actual data for the 2015-2016 school year:
The problem the U.S. Justice Department and Judge Brown see is that mostly white students go to one high school and one middle school while black students go to the other high school and middle school.
Mr. Gates didn't even the basic numbers he published right. 67% Black, 29% White is not 60% and 30% unless one is using Gannett math. What Mr. Gates does not do is tell the readers what the racial statistics for the actual schools are. It might ruin this narrative of his column:
I’m not here to castigate the Cleveland School District, but I’m here to say when we don’t interact with other races and cultures, we are hurting ourselves. Our young people will grow up, and unless we plan to keep them in their own little world, they will have to interact on the job or in other settings with people who may look and act different than they do.
We live in a multicultural society; that means we are going to interact with others of different races and ethnicities.
It’s like when you are rooting for your athletic team. It doesn’t matter the players’ race or ethnicity when they come together as a winning team.
In most cases, it’s not the young people who divide themselves; it’s the adults.
What a bunch of preaching, sanctimonious drivel. Mr. Gates might have learned a few basic facts if he had bothered to do some actual research instead of plugging using his desegregation template from the 1960's. Desegregation Writing for Dummies (1968). Read the data for yourself.
Cleveland High School
White: 48% (298)
Black: 45% (281)
East Side High School
Black: 100% (368)
A difference of 17 students at one high school. Wow. Sure looks segregated, doesn't it. Only in Jimmie Gates logic is 48-45 segregated. Don't worry. White students will be 31% of the new consolidated high school.
What about the lower schools? Let's take a look.
D.M. Smith Middle
Black: 100% (258)
Margaret Green Junior High
White: 41% (187)
Black: 54% (243)
So white students comprise only 41% of the junior high school. However, a racial abacus states that whites will be 27% of the students at a consolidated junior high school.The elementary schools are somewhat different as they are smaller.
Black: 50% (179)
White: 44% (159)
Asian: 6% (11)
Cypress Park Elementary
Black: 100% (255)
Black 100% (372)
Black: 48% (171)
White: 48% (172)
Pearman Elementary School
Black: 65% (170)
White: 26% (68)
Hayes Cooper Center for Match Science (Magnet School)
Black: 41% (138)
White: 49% (165)
No school in the district is majority-white. Period. However, that fact doesn't stop Mr. Gates from smearing Cleveland and preaching how they should learn to go to school together. Mr. Gates didn't bother to learn any facts about the school system but instead used the pages of the "state newspaper" to smear a school district that is integrated and somehow managed to stave off white flight.
For some strange reason, the Clarion-Ledger</> is engaged in a campaign against the Cleveland Municipal School District. This one-sided and dishonest coverage is probably the result of reporters and editors who are sorry they missed the Civil Rights movement of the 1960's and see this as their chance to make up for it, Cleveland be damned.
As Kenneth Stokes would say, tell da truth.