Ed Driscoll

Life Continues to Imitate Redneck Nation

“New York state has the most segregated public schools in the nation, with many black and Latino students attending schools with virtually no white classmates, according to a report released Wednesday,” says the Associated Press, in an article titled, “Report: NY schools are most racially segregated.”


“Unexpectedly” — except for anyone who read Boston talk radio host Michael Graham’s remarkably prescient 2002 book Redneck Nation. As Graham told NRO’s Kathryn Jean Lopez back then:

I was a self-loathing southerner for many years — in fact, that’s the premise of the book: I left the South looking for some place in America that was significantly different. I wanted to live in that mythical meritocracy called “The North.” It took me 20 years to figure out that the only difference between Brooklyn, New York and Birmingham, Alabama is that you can’t get a gun rack in a Trans-Am.

For once, perhaps tremendously fickle New York is simply trying to keep up with national trends, as blue state educators continue to obsess upon returning “Separate but Equal” education to both classrooms and dorms — at least until, one day, perhaps, when the information age saves American education from itself, to coin an Insta-phrase. 

Related: Roger L. Simon, on “The Democratic Party’s War on Black People and How to Counter It.” Our Maximum Pajamahadeen Emeritus pulls no punches.

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