Blacks should've been grateful for segregation...
I can still remember the stories Big Mamma would tell us about the good ol' days of segregation. As a young girl growing up in the early 70's, I dreamed of living in the world she spoke about. I dreamed of going to an all black school. Dreamed of having teachers that looked like me. Dreamed of being surrounded by folks that understood my history and were as willing to teach me as I was eager to learn. Instead, I went to a predominately white suburban school, where I was told I would get the best education. I didn't have any teachers that looked like me, nor were they as willing to teach me as I was eager to learn. Unfortunately, I paid a grave price for this "quality" education. The price resulted in my lack of confidence and shattered self-image. It wasn't until later in life that these qualities would be restored.
Although there were many harmful aspects of segregation, there have been many obvious detrimental effects to the Black community due to desegregation. Black businesses- especially farms- don't flourish like they use to. In 1920, Black Farmers owned 14% of this countries farms. Today, that number is less than 1%. This represents a loss of 13,000,000 acres of black owned land.
Only 50% of black males graduate from high school. And only a 1/3 of them go on to higher education- most because of athletic scholarships. Less than one percent of college enrolled black men actually graduate. Enrollment at HBCUs is so low, that many have been forced to close their doors, due to the lack of endowments and federal funding. At predominately white colleges, due to the push of affirmative action, many have actively recruited Black students in order to meet their mandated quotas. Unfortunately, a significant number of these students fail and drop out because they are ill prepared to compete academically- mostly in part because of the substandard education that they received in their "integrated" primary and secondary schools.
During segregation, the Black community was filled with black lawyers, black doctors, black teachers, black dentists, and black business owners. There was even a huge black upper class society. Through desegregation, blacks are being systematically forced into a permanent underclass. The pride that was once so prevalent in the community has faded with the infiltration of drugs and crime. I know that many people sacrificed their life so that I could receive that segregated quality education. I know that things weren't all good under Jim Crow. I just wish we could have some of those good things back in our community.