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  • Separate Peace

    The American Lawyer reports on still continuing segregation in the acceptance of black students at public universities. The story reveals that "... after 25 years of litigation, tens of millions of dollars, hundreds of hours of settlement talks, two full trials, and a directive from the U.S. Supreme Court, all eight of Mississippi's public universities remain, to a significant degree, racially segregated."
  • The Long Walk Home

    A story of the history of desegregation in Kansas City, Mo. through the tale of its oldest school--Central High. It shows how "the nation's most expensive desegregation remedy ultimately helped destroy the very community it sought to help."
  • Perry, FL -- Discrimination In A Small Town

    CBS News investigates a claim by a Maryland lawmaker that he was asked to sit in the back of a Florida bar because he was African-America. Perry is a small town where segregation is still a way of life. Following the investigation, the establishment paid a fine and had its license revoked.
  • The New Segregation

    The News & Observer investigated the resegregation of North Carolina schools and found that: segregation leads to lower academic achievement in all minority groups, resegregation is hurting middle-class black children more than any other group, the racial mix of schools has little effect on white students' scores, predominantly black schools are more likely to have inexperienced and uncertified teachers. The series resulted in $10 million in state funds being given to struggling schools.
  • New Scrutiny for Powerful Greek Systems

    The Chronicle of Higher Education examines controversies surrounding the today's Greek system. The reporter finds that fraternities and sororities often promote racist and sexist attitudes. The story exemplifies the findings with two incidents - the rejection of a black student by all white sororities at the University of Alabama, and the distribution of a sex newsletter by a fraternity at Dartmouth College.
  • Portrait of N.J. -Census 2000

    The Star-Ledger reports New Jersey demographic statistics from the 2000 census. "It is more populous, less white, and more suburban than it was a decade ago . . . numbers will be used redraw legislative district lines." But as diversity in this small state increases, "the state's historical pattern of black-white housing segregation" has remained the same. In addition, the articles break down each town to examine ethnic concentrations around the state and also shows population increases in each legislative district.
  • A City in Black and White

    "The legal battle over housing discrimination in Parma was meant to spark the integration of all Greater Cleveland's suburbs. Twenty years after federal remedies were handed down, the region is still divided by a color line, and one community's struggles with the stigma of racism are far from over."
  • A People Divided: 44 Tears of Failure

    WBRZ-TV examines East Baton Rouge Parish Public School System -- the school system has been under federal court supervision for 44 years because of a feud with the Justice Department over desegregation efforts.
  • Toxic Traps

    A Dallas Morning News series "is the first nationwide examination of the location of federally subsidized housing in environmentally hazardous neighborhoods." The investigation reveals that "the government is housing more than 870,000 families in projects located within one mile or less of at least one factory than emits toxic air pollution." Part of the series details the cancer risks to the inhabitants of a public housing close to a toxic dump site. Among the major findings is "a stark and persistent racial disparity: the higher the percentage of minorities in a project, the more likely it is to be in a neighborhood with toxic air pollution." The reporters also examine "the federal government's ongoing failure to address the issue and a massive federal program that in many cities is perpetuating the issue."
  • Dividing Lines

    The Columbus Dispatch investigated the "uneven educational opportunities in the Columbus Public Schools." The series revealed that "the Columbus elementary schools again are divided by race and income - and by student achievement, teacher experience and resources." The reporters identified problems with "poor test scores, a high dropout rate, financial and policy mismanagement, aging buildings" as common in the schools with prevailing minority enrollments. Some of the key findings were that "the assignment boundaries for some neighborhood schools closely match those ones singled out by the courts as racially gerrymandered", "spending by building bears little relation to the number of poor children" and "private donations...exacerbate inequities among schools". The newspaper also investigated how teachers' absenteeism and salaries correlate with the inequity issue. The reporters came to the conclusion that "veteran educators generally work at schools in middle-class neighborhoods, while beginning teachers get assigned to the poorest schools."