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Desegregated, yet Unequal

Jan 08, 2015 | 708 videos
Video by David Knight and Stephen Shane

In 1974, Boston's public schools were forced under court order to desegregate. The process—which came to be known as "Boston busing"—called for students from predominately black and white areas of the city to be reassigned to new schools. The moves overwhelmingly affected the poor; violent protests and threats led to a crisis that "still scars the city," according to WBUR. Nearly two years ago, Boston adopted a new plan that may address the problems caused by busing, but as filmmakers David Knight and Stephen Shane reveal in this short documentary, busing desegregation has left a legacy of unanswered questions about race, class, and public policy.

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Author: Chris Heller

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