why did many schools remain segregated after Brown v. Board?

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  • 8 years ago
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    Because the Supreme Court only has the authority to decide law, not to impose legislative or executive action. Brown v. Board overturned segregationist educational laws and mandated change, but not all states and localities moved quickly to dismantle segregated schools. In many places there was delaying or outright resistance (such as Little Rock, Arkansas). It wasn't clear from the decision how quickly states and localities were expected to make changes to comply (the Court certainly knew that a new educational system couldn't be created immediately), but still even by 1970 there were parts of the South still not complying. Federal executive action as well as federal funding for schools were able to force virtually all places to desegregate eventually. Ironically, today it is northern and west-coast US schools that are more segregated racially than southern schools -- though by residential choice rather than by policy, law, or statue.

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