For this week’s Learning Experience that LC2 presented, we read the article of, “The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot”, written by Will Stancil on May 29th, 2018. Throughout the article, Will Stancil created a question to the audience reading of “why isn’t this court case talked about more?”. The article circled around the Green v. New Kent County case which came after Brown V. Board. The Green v. New Kent County case was significant because its intentions were to solidify the previous cases rulings, which Brown v. Board did not do. The desegregation of schools during this time was extremely controversial and Will Stancil talks about a “social stigma” that no black people in their communities wanted to break for going to the primarily “white children’s schools”. Stancil used his research to paint a story about how the Brown v. Board court case set up a ruling but there were no implications to the states in the United States that did not follow them in which created loopholes in the education system for there still to be segregation existing in such communities. A statistic that Stancil used in his text was, “Only 15% of black children enrolled in the formerly white school. Predictably, not a single white child enrolled in the formerly black school”. In the general sense, it makes sense for this statistic back then. Why would a white child in a good school with great teachers and the school having lots of funding for the school want to go to a black school that has been oppressed and had little to no funding by the community? Even so personally, I couldn’t imagine being a black child during this time where I didn’t realize the stigma of blacks and whites being separate, for now generations, and breaking that so-called “rule” which was supposed to be legal now and “encouraged”. Stancil also stated that because the Green v. New Kent County was very controversial politically, many view the court case of Brown to be the turning point in the civil rights movement for the education aspect. I think it’s absurd how my high school in Rochester, New York did not teach this court case and I learned about it through doing this Learning Experience. Even so, I was taught about the Brown v. Board case and how it was major reason that schools were desegregated in the United States. Also, I was not taught about the cons of the court case and only the pros, which shows a wrongfulness in the curriculum taught.
In Elementary school, I read a book entitled, “Yankee Girl”, written by Mary Ann Rodman and it’s about a white girl who is a pre-teen in the 1960’s who tried to befriend the first black girl to attend her school. It showed segregation, racial stigmas, and friendships without seeing the color of someone else’s skin. After reading Stancil’s article, it instantly reminded me of this book, which is beautifully written, through the perspective of the white child watching Valerie, the newest black student, get bullied. The civil rights movement is shown through many different perspectives from the eyes of people of different colors of skin but both the article by Stancil and the book, “Yankee Girl”, are very strongly correlated through the same views. (I HIGHLY recommend reading this book).
Throughout our LC 2 lesson, our group decided to emphasize the theme of being aware of historical events written or talked about wrongfully and to do research. We discussed as a group who had heard about the court case of Green v. New Kent County and no one had been taught that in school or even heard about it; only the case of Brown v. Board. We wanted to go in depth about discuss every detail of the case and the background since this specific case was new to a majority of the people in the class. We wanted out classmates to think about this lesson on segregation and desegregation and show the statistics of it to paint a picture in their heads to make them more aware. My contribution to planning this lesson was my part in the Google slide for completing the historical context and the actual text information, explaining the case and the details of the states during in which the case was presented to the supreme court. My responsibilities were to inform my classmates of the issue and explain a lesson in a way that everyone understood, and with also being careful with the words and language I used because in a lesson talking about black people being oppressed in the 1960’s is a sensitive topic for some and opinions matter, especially now.
Stancil, W. 2018. The Radical Supreme Court Decision That America Forgot. The Atlantic. 29 May 2018.