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The Color of Inequality 3: Structural Racism and Public Education

The landmark 1954 U.S. Supreme Court decision in Brown v. Board of Education deemed the “separate but equal” system of racial segregation unconstitutional. Despite this momentous legal victory, most school districts in the United States have remained woefully segregated. In this week’s Color of Inequality, we provide some context for understanding unequal access to quality education and examine some of the lasting effects of this inequality in present-day communities across Philadelphia.