The Inequalities Are Still Savage

This is a wonderful analysis! I appreciate Dr. Katz beginning the work of connecting the dots and providing context for what we are witnessing today.

Daniel Katz, Ph.D.

Twenty-five years ago, author and activist Jonathan Kozol published what remains one of the most important examinations of educational inequity ever printed, Savage InequalitiesThe book is a direct and searing look at how districts serving urban minority children suffered from segregation, inequitable funding, and crumbling facilities while serving student populations suffering the worst deprivations of poverty.  It is a story of malign neglect where school funding based upon the value of a community’s property compounds the economic and environmental violence inflicted upon helpless children.  Kozol criss-crossed the country from East St. Louis, Illinois to New York City, to Camden, New Jersey, to Washington, DC, examining schools and speaking with the students in them.  What he reported should have shaken America to its core.  Consider the following from East St. Louis:

East St. Louis – which the local press refers to as an “inner city without an outer city”…

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Let’s Stop Acting Like Bill Cosby Was a Threat, When He Really Was a Tool

All Day! Via Natasha Thomas-Jackson and that black girl magic.

Natasha Thomas-Jackson

A couple days ago, a post made by a woman going by the name of “Emauni Too’Famous”  started making the rounds on Facebook. The post was a response to Bill Cosby’s recent arrest for aggravated indecent assault. Given the fact that I had spent considerable time, energy, and emotional currency discussing this topic in both face-to-face conversations and in digital forums, I decided to give my mind and spirit a rest and ignore this one.

However, a few hours later, one of my former students, a young woman who had, in our previous conversations, supported Cosby, asked what I thought about Emauni’s post. I was immediately reminded of how much I liked and loved this student. How brilliant I knew her to be and how proud I was of all of her achievements and the growth she had experienced since going off to college. As much as I wanted…

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