Separate but equal apparently lives on in this county. Anyone who does not believe that the city -county school structure we have currently is a vestige of Jim Crow laws is either very good at deceiving themselves, or is completely ignorant of the history of school desegregation in this county. This is not about a school merger. After all a county -wide school district could choose to leave school sub-districts as they are currently. This is about money and the desire of county residents who live outside the City of Memphis to continue enjoying the economic benefits that Memphis has brought to this county without taking for the county's state mandated duty to provide education to ALL of it residents.
This is about the county taking back its duty and rightful place as provider of educational service for all county residents that was distorted by the desire of white people to avoid having their children go to school with black children.
By Chris Davis, Susan Ellis, Toby Sells, and Maya Smith
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