Please recall that during pre-southern desegregation, black people were just fine educating their own children, creating economic stability for themselves, and living amongst people that looked just like them. The push to desegregate came, as it is today, with the realization that the schools that black children were attending were falling apart and the access to quality resources was lacking. Our grandparents failed to realize that going to white schools wasn't the answer, it was having tax dollars invested into our communities that would bring about the desired result. Hopefully we will learn from our grandparents and great-grandparents.
I don’t care if you like me as long as you respect me and leave me alone.
Poor, middle, and upper class blacks just want what everyone else wants- equality. We want an equal opportunity for our children to reach their full potential and if that means staying in a homogenous neighborhood, moving to multicultural school environment, or subjecting our children to tokenism in a homogenous white community, so be it. But the fight for educational equality is not rooted in the idea that we want to become anyone other than our best selves… I don’t care if you like me as long as you respect me and leave me alone.