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Re: “Hall: Marked for improvement

I went to Hall after having attended Dunbar in the mid-1990s. I was one of those who was tired of going so far to school, that I applied for a M to M (Majority to Minority) transfer and got to go to Hall instead of Central because I was white. It was a great school and a stark contrast to what I had experienced at Dunbar, where racial tensions in the mid-1990s were horrible. I heard comments about "white" people all day, almost everyday. I was harassed by African-American girls younger than me, and slapped by an African-American boy, spit on by others as I walked by the buses...learned not to walk to close to those... When I went to Hall, my AP classes were surprisingly populated by not just white kids, but intelligent, soon-to-be-very-successful African-American kids, too. I just wish that I had gotten to know more of them better. My traumatic junior-high years caused me to close myself off to those opportunities, though I never felt threatened as I did at Dunbar. I have searched the Internet for years for something that talks about the reverse racism that existed or perhaps still exists in some Little Rock schools, but it seems that all anyone wants to talk about is what happened to blacks by whites during the desegregation crisis. The pendulum swung the other direction in the 1990s, at the least. Can we get some honest discussion about that, too? It's the reason so many of your Caucasian people raising kids in their mid-30s are flying out of Little Rock to surrounding suburbs or sending their kids to private schools. If we acknowledge the ugly face of what can happen when ALL people are racist, unfair, and mean, perhaps we can begin to heal our city. (This spoken by someone who has since moved to the suburbs and doesn't plan to put faith and her children into a school district that in many ways failed her...though in some of the most important ways helped her to be successful.)

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Posted by LRhopeful on 11/14/2010 at 2:14 PM


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