The color line: race and education in the United States [podcast]

Black History Month celebrates the achievements of a globally marginalized community that continues to fight for equal representation and opportunity in all walks of life. This includes education.

In 1954, the United States Supreme Court declared “separate but equal” unconstitutional for American public schools in the Brown v. Board of Education case. Although this decision was marked as a key victory of civil rights, it did not stand without challenge.

In today’s episode, we spoke with Zoe Burkholder, the author The African-American Dilemma: A History of School Integration and Civil Rights in the North and Color in the Classroom: How American Schools Taught Race, 1900-1954and Nina M. Yancy, author of the future How the Color Line Bends: The Geography of White Superstitions in Modern America, addressing issues of education, integration and segregation through their science. In particular, we discussed segregation in northern schools and a recent study from Batan Rouge, Louisiana.

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In this episode, we discussed Nina M. Yancy How the color line bends and Zoe Burkholder’s books The African-American dilemma and Color I.n Classroom.

Zoe Burkholder is also a co-author Integration: the struggle for racial equality and civic renewal in public education. Here you can find the introduction The African-American dilemma and Integration. Burkholder also wrote a blog post for OUPblog entitled “Which is Better: School Integration or Individual Black-Controlled Schools?”

In 2019, Nina Yancy wrote an article in Journal of Race, Ethnicity and Politics entitled “Racial Preference in Context: The Geography of the White Opposition to Prosperity,” which reports some of her research for How the color line bends.

You can also check Absorption: Race, Education, and American Democracywhich offers a systematic study of government acquisitions of local school districts.

Additionally you can visit Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Education for records such as “Critical Race Theory and Qualitative Methodology in Education” and “Critical Studies of Whiteness”.

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