Jonathan Kozol, in The Shame of the Nation: the restoration of apartheid schooling in America (New York: Crown Publishing, 2005), wrote that school segregation, which seemed to be on the way out in the years after he started teaching and writing about education in 1964, has now come full circle.
Many urban school districts and schools have no more than 5-10% white students (p. 8).
Speaking with a teacher at an elementary school who had a white child in her class, Kozol “asked how many white kids she had taught in the South Bronx in her career. “I’ve been at this school for 18 years,’ she said. ‘This is the first white student I have ever taught'” (p. 9).
“…’It’s like we’re being hidden,’ said a fifteen-year old girl named Isabel I met some years ago in Harlem, in attempting to explain to me the ways in which she and her classmates understood the racial segregation of their neighborhoods and schools. ‘It’s as if you have been put in a garage where, if they don’t have room for something but aren’t sure if they should throw it out, they put it there where they don’t need to think of it again.'” (p. 28)