U.S. District Court Orders Cleveland School District To Integrate

Mississippi school district to be fully consolidated, starting 2016-2017 academic year, after decades of desegregation.

Over six decades ago, US Supreme Court declared the policy of segregation in institutions for black and white students to be unconstitutional. But there are still institutions such as the Cleveland district middle and high schools that defy these policies.

Schools in Cleveland have remained segregated since the Civil Rights movement until now that they have been forced to dissolve the all-white and all-black schools to form a unified school system.

From Mississippi town map, the Illinois Central Railroad tracks clearly cut the line between white families, who live on the west, and black families on the east side. White children attend west side high school, while black children attend east side high school.

Judge Debra M. Brown wrote in a statement that “The delay in desegregation has deprived generations of students of the constitutionally guaranteed right of an integrated education. Although no court order can right these wrongs, it is the duty of the District to ensure that not one more student suffers under this burden.

These schools are given three weeks to implement a unified system that will “create new opportunities for the children of Cleveland to learn, play and thrive together.”

According to reports, the middle school will enroll 692 students, 71 percent of which are blacks and 26 percent -whites, while the high school will compose of 63 percent black and 32 percent white.

The intent of segregation in Mississippi is just one of the evident examples of racism in the country.

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