AP Senior English Ms. Chamberlain 5/13/2009 A Closed Eye to Segregation in America A response to Jonathon Kozol’s “Still Separate, Still Unequal” In the article Still Separate Still Equal by Jonathon Kozol, he states that many Americans believe that racism only faintly exists. After the Civil Rights Movement and lessons taught in school, we Americans have come to a false realization that we have conquered prejudice, namely segregation. Facts and figures piled high confront the nation with the reality of segregation, but few realize the contrast in White American education and Black or Hispanic American education. The numbers stack high in favor of Jonathon Kozol’s viewpoint. Over 90% of larger schools in larger cities have less than 10% of white children in their schools. These numbers reach more extremes in New York where at Adlai Stevenson High some school officials go so far as to state that their schools “address the needs of children from diverse backgrounds” when only 3% of the school’s population consists of white children. Few facts exist that contrast Kozol’s viewpoint. Sometimes, numbers simply do not state a fact as well as words. Visits to underprivileged schools are included in Kozol’s article. In these visits, the writer finds some schools not simply unsatisfactory, but disgusting. The bathrooms “lack basic
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