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History of Busing (and What We Could Have Done Better)


After the exchange between Biden and Harris on the debate stage, Matthew Delmont, professor of history at Dartmouth College and the author of Why Busing Failed: Race, Media, and the National Resistance to School Desegregation (University of California Press, 2016) explains the policy and its impact on school desegregation."Busing was a political codeword that got popularized in the late 1950s… it was advanced by white parents and politicians as a way to oppose school desegregation," says @mattdelmont, history professor at @dartmouth. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) July 8, 2019"Segregated schools were failing... busing, it wasn’t perfect, but it did succeed in communities that tried it and stuck with it," says @mattdelmont. Though, "Black students were often asked to bear the burden of busing they were often bused into hostile white communities." — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) July 8, 2019"There are a lot of things we could have done to encourage integration in the U.S., we could have made significant changes in how zoning neighborhoods and schools. All those things were taken off the table, and as a result, almost all of this fell to busing," says @mattdelmont. — Brian Lehrer Show (@BrianLehrer) July 8, 2019


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 08 July 2019  31m