The Resegregation of Jefferson County

Nikole Hannah-Jones – The New York Times:

By 2005, Jefferson County was divided into 12 distinct and vastly disparate school systems, many of them either heavily black or heavily white, making the school-district boundaries there among the most segregated in the nation. “State law required separate schools before Brown,” says Erica Frankenberg, an Alabama native and education policy professor at Penn State University who has studied Jefferson County secessions extensively. “Now it is district lines that maintain segregation.”

Modern-day segregation by a loophole in state law has set Alabama back to pre-1954 Jim Crow days, all under the watchful eye of the courts. Read how this happened.

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