051714 FLOTUS

On what is the 60th anniversary of the landmark Brown v. the Board of Education of Topeka, Kansas, decision that outlawed segregation in public schools, First Lady Michelle Obama delivered a speech to a graduating class in Topeka that tackled racism.

“By some measures, our schools are as segregated as they were back when Dr. King gave his final speech,” FLOTUS says. “And even in schools that seem integrated according to the numbers, when you look a little closer, you see students from different backgrounds sitting at separate lunch tables, or tracked into different classes, or separated into different clubs or activities.”

FLOTUS called the graduating class of Topeka’s high schools the “living, breathing legacy” of the Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court case. She said it was not only about our history, but also our future.

“Because while that case was handed down 60 years ago, Brown is still being decided every single day – not just in our courts and schools, but in how we live our lives,” she says. “Graduates, it’s up to all of you to lead the way and drag my generation and your grandparents’ generation along with you.”

“Maybe that starts in your own family, when Grandpa tells that awkward joke at Thanksgiving or your aunt says something about ‘those people,’ and you politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends,” she says.

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  • Me

    that’s cuz they found a way around segregating by “skin color”… they segregate “by money” now based on “property taxes used to fund the schools by district” & “activity fees used to subsidize the costs of extracurriculars”. if you ain’t got it to spend you get shut out and we all know how money gets split in this country. so yea. brown v ed was just a stage show.

    • Ask_Me

      Social equality is pointless without economic equality.

    • Me

      couldn’t say it any better.

  • IO505

    First Lady O with yet another great message! To address racism, people need to challenge in its more insidious forms…in addition to the structural/institutional of course.

  • Anonin

    Idk about correcting the older generations prejudice. I don’t its my generations responsibility to correct the pain of racism from the past, a person just doesn’t get over that. (If that’s what flotus is saying anyways)

  • southpaw

    So an all black school can’t produce great students.

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