Good grief that is frightening to see those numbers. Folks really have undone all of the desegregation efforts of the 70s and 80s, haven’t they? Either way, it makes me grateful I was bused across town. My hometown did extensive busing until 1990, but they stopped. They claim the racial composition of the schools remains equalized by redistricting. I hope that’s true, but I’ve never seen an actual classroom breakdown. At least back in the day, students seemed pretty distributed. I don’t know if it’s stopped completely, but at least when I was in school, folks were starting to make friendships across races, and it all began with redistricting and busing.
You see I’m from the 10th worst city for African Americans in the country, at least according to one newspaper’s method of counting. So, it still pretty much stinks to be a person of color from the Waterloo-Cedar Falls, IA metropolitan area, but at least the students aren’t stuck all by themselves in a sea of white, and then forced to bunch together. I’m sure they still run into the same attitudes you do, though. That’s a pretty universal problem, unfortunately. Best wishes to you, and I hope you find college to be an improved, if also imperfect, environment.