I think that the desegregation of schools is an extremely worthy goal and I’m glad it happened, but the way it happened could have gone much smoother and overall better. If there had been even the slightest bit of compliance from the school board or white families I think it would have been better, but because it was so heavily opposed and because judge Garrity made it mandatory with no room to argue it went south.
Going to school during that time would have definitely been terrifying because I am a person of color and I feel like the rising levels of violence both in schools and out of schools would scare me. As mentioned in Farah Stockman’s article “Did Bussing Slow Down Boston’s Desegregation?” many black families were horrified that the neighbors who they had healthy and friendly relationships with were the ones who were throwing things through their windows and lighting their things on fire. It’s the things like these that would have been terrifying for me to experience.
There still are visible effects today of the desegregation era, and those are less white children in BPS schools and a lot of the schools that are predominantly poc have less access to materials and don’t have as many commodities as other schools do. However, our schools are still pretty diverse compared to other places in the country.