Segregation by race is back at one Atlanta school

Segregation by race is back at one Atlanta school
Kila Posey, Sharyn Briscoe

What’s old is new again. And what’s new at Atlanta’s Mary Lin Elementary School is racial segregation.

The discovery that the school was quietly embracing its Jim Crow past was first made last year by parent Kila Posey, who had approached the school’s principal, Sharyn Briscoe, about placing her daughter with a certain teacher who Posey thought would be a “good fit.” To Posey’s shock, she was told that that teacher’s class was “not a black class.”

“I immediately said, ‘What does that mean?’” Posey related to reporters with Atlanta station WSB. “I was confused. I asked for more clarification. I was like, ‘We have those in the school?’ And she proceeded to say, ‘Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the Black students in two classes.’” (RELATED: Oregon abolishes academic standards in the name of ‘equity’ and antiracism)

Posey, who has filed a federal complaint alleging civil rights violations, added, “First, it was just disbelief that I was having this conversation in 2020 with a person that looks just like me — a Black woman.”

The inevitability of this return to a pre-1954 South mentality was presaged a decade ago by the establishment of so-called “affinity housing” on college campuses. In 2017, for example, North Carolina State University unveiled its plan to offer segregated housing option for “women of color” only. With critical race theory and anti-white sentiment on the rise, we may have seen only the tip of the iceberg. (RELATED: Number of white people in U.S. declines for first time in history)

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer and regular contributor to "Liberty Unyielding."

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