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Teaching Race

February 16th, 2018


Malcolm Gladwell’s Revisionist History episode Miss Buchanan’s Period Of Adjustment is a fascinating, disheartening tale about the backlash from the USA’s famous Supreme Court ruling – Brown v Board of Education.

Gladwell describes how the end of legally enforced racial segregation in American schools led to the firing of black school teachers. As student bodies were integrated, white school leadership fired black teachers on pretexts ranging from competence to attitude. In many cases, white parents would not accept black teachers for their children. Unlike Brown v Board of Education, their appeals failed.

I had never heard this appalling story. It deserves to be told.

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