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Re: “The roots of Little Rock's segregated neighborhoods

sources please? specifically for stuff like the LRHA threatening owners with eviction, redlining refusing loans to keep blacks out of white neighborhoods, private schools being about racial segregation, and racial steering by real estate agents. a lot sounds bad here but more evidence to back it up is required before I believe this article

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Posted by hines on 07/10/2014 at 9:54 AM

Re: “The resegregation of American schools; some Little Rock examples

If a charter school can help students who would have otherwise gone to a public school (like estem has done with students who might have gone to say hall or McClellan) we should be celebrating it. Anyone who is for taking away options for kids who have to go to McClellan or fair I don't understand the motives. Those schools aren't helping kids, more options can't hurt

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Posted by hines on 01/09/2014 at 10:47 AM

Re: “Charter school debate shaping up in West Little Rock

JA Fair is not a good option to send kids to school at. it desperately needs renovation and the stats are very bad (in 2006 there were only 2 AP tests passed in the entire school out of 314 taken and last year only 1% of students registered as advanced in literacy). a charter school that serves the same area as JA Fair is sorely needed and would help lots of kids if it can deliver on its promise of better teaching

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Posted by hines on 08/10/2013 at 2:40 PM

Re: “Koch money pushing for school vouchers

There might be something wrong with their methods or the backers themselves but how is opening up more options for kids a bad thing? Plenty of kids who are in a school that doesn't fit their needs currently could benefit from a voucher

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Posted by hines on 01/22/2012 at 10:46 AM

Re: “Proud to live in West Little Rock

I hope to come off not as pro-single race neighborhoods but I just want to avoid the blanket denigration of people who live in single-race neighborhoods which in general is the vast majority of America

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Posted by hines on 01/11/2012 at 12:39 AM

Re: “Proud to live in West Little Rock

I don't think you understood my point. I understand why lots of people on this website rip on WLR. the lack of racial diversity is clearly #1. my point is simply living in a single-race dominated area like WLR or Central High or Geyer Springs is not a reason to rip on someone and say it reflects poorly on their soul. I'm sure there are whites in WLR who are racists, blacks who live on Woodrow who are racists, and Hispanics who live near Geyer Springs who are racists (though ripping any of these for having less of a soul is questionable as well, but a totally different topic.)

my point is there are going to be people who choose to live in a neighborhood for proximity to their kids school, their job, their friends, room for their kids in a lawn, etc, etc. what if someone wants their kids to have a big lawn to play football on, they want them to attend Arkansas Baptist because they are Baptists, and one of the parents works at the new St. Vincent center being built on Chenal. a house on Chenal or HWY 10 looks pretty appealing there. I just think there are lots of factors that go into choosing a place to live and it's not worth getting all hot and bothered and elitist when denigrating those that live in single-race neighborhoods.

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Posted by hines on 01/11/2012 at 12:37 AM

Re: “Proud to live in West Little Rock

WLR has plenty of neighborhoods: Green Mountain, St. Charles, numerous Chenal ones, Pebble Beach/Hinson, Lake Nixon, Denny/Ferndale all with their own flavor they just didn't get their own section.

re munkle: just because there are low numbers of Hispanics or african-americans in certain neighborhoods is not a reason to simply write people off who live there as people who have too sensitive and not as full souls or hearts as those who live in Midtown (presumably neighboring a Hispanic family on their right, a african-american young couple on their left and an Asian family across the street). just because someone lives in a mostly white and Indian neighborhood or for that matter, a mostly black and Hispanic neighborhood does not make them some sort of lesser person than those who live in perfectly racially balanced neighborhoods.

there are lots of reasons to choose neighborhoods, race is not always #1

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Posted by hines on 01/04/2012 at 12:16 AM

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