Separate Is Never Equal

How social segregation leads to economic inequality

By Julie Rehmeyer, 15:57 PM April 15, 2008

In Brown versus Board of Education, the celebrated 1954 ruling that struck down laws segregating schools by race, the Supreme Court declared that "separate educational facilities are inherently unequal." The cause of this inherent inequality, the majority opinion stated, was segregation's psychological impact on children. It made African-American children feel inferior and thus less motivated to learn. A new study argues that simple economic forces arising from segregation directly create ec...

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