gargantua wrote:If only the reporting on this is or would be as nuanced. But I don't expect it to. What I expect is a lot of anguish about what terrible people we are to have such numbers. And it's understandable, because we don't really have any other metrics, do we? So, we use what we have, and attempts to put it into context risks being seen as excusing racism.
Recently there was an article in the Atlantic
discussing how, in many ways, Anti-Racism was becoming a religion. The author was of the opinion that Anti-Racism has turned into a hunt for people with Bad Thoughts. Nobody wants to be accused of being a racist, since that can destroy one's life or at least career. The big problem is that the hunt for racists and racism often gets in the way of people doing things that could actually help out blacks. (The author is black, so he concentrated on blacks).
So, now we have had efforts for decades to "close the gap", but the gap isn't closing.
Are we even asking the right question?
Here is a different question:
What can we do to improve education for EVERYONE in Wisconsin, regardless of color. If we can improve education for EVERYONE, then minority students will greatly benefit. So will white students.
What can one person do?
Not much. I started by voting for Tony Evers. My feeling was with a lifetime professional educator in charge, at least we have someone who will try to improve things. With Walker, the quality of education was going down for everyone. I don't know if that made the gap bigger or smaller or kept it the same. All I know is it screwed over all the kids, including minorities.