James Baldwin

Op-Alt: Baltimore must address educational apartheid

Op-Alt: Baltimore must address educational apartheid

Despite the proliferating analyses and reflections about Baltimore following the death of Freddie Gray and subsequent social unrest, a significant social institution has escaped the critical scrutiny it deserves for its role in the creation, maintenance, and reproduction of the racialized social inequality of Baltimore. The hypersegregated public schools of Baltimore, where I am a teacher, represent a massive failure of the American social contract and no political leader or party even contemplates a challenge to the de facto “separate but equal” ideological consensus that we have created and maintain 61 years after Brown v. Board of Education. Many Baltimoreans—black and...