Saturday, May 22, 2004

Hispanics face segregation 50 years after Brown

"At Garfield High in East Los Angeles, 99 percent of nearly 5,000 students are Mexican-American. Similarly, Latinos across the country largely miss out on the experience of going to school with classmates of different races and cultures."

"Today, 50 years after the Supreme Court ended enforced segregation in Brown v. Board of Education of Topeka, Latinos, the nation's largest minority group, are the most segregated in public schools, according to Harvard's Civil Rights Project. The 1954 landmark decision did not apply to Latinos until 1970."

"Besides ethnic isolation, the Civil Rights Project says, Latinos endure overcrowded schools in areas like East Los Angeles, where immigrants settle in large numbers. In addition, Latino-majority schools tend to have less qualified teachers and fewer educational resources, the project says. The large number of immigrant children who arrive at class unable to properly speak English has also hindered academic achievement in the schools, it says."

Georgia school holds separate Hispanic prom

"At Toombs County High School, there are three separate dances: one for blacks, one for whites and this year for the first time, one for Hispanics."

"The idea of separate proms was first introduced by some white parents in the 1970s in response to integration and has remained a tradition ever since."

"School officials said students are invited to attend any of the proms — even all three if they wish."

"But high school junior Anna Rosa Perez said racial crossover is still discouraged at the dances and thinks the school needs to get involved and sponsor one prom for everyone."

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