Boston, race, redlining, and desegregation
Although I think that desegregation of the BPS system was absolutely necessary, I'm not sure that busing was the best way to go about it. Instead of forcing black students to wake up extra early to bus all the way from where they lived to the "better" schools in South Boston, I think it would've made more sense to also bus some white students to bus from their homes in South Boston or wherever they lived to Roxbury, or any other neighborhood that was also heavily segregated at the time. I think it's unfair to force these black students to "be the change" all by themselves, have to switch schools, and put up with extreme racism in a community they're not used to, while the white students get to stay in their neighborhoods and the schools they've known forever. As unfortunate as it is I also think that in doing this (busing white students to previously black schools), the quality of education in these schools would also rise, since it would prove that there was equality between all schools in Boston and better incentivize teachers to work there, not just the already proclaimed "better" schools elsewhere. I think change definitely did need to happen, as we saw in the documentary, the hate & racism towards black people in Boston at that time was absurd. It's definitely still present, but it's gotten so much better since then, and that never would've happened without the strides that were made towards desegregation. My grandparents lived in Scituate, MA while this was happening in Boston, and they were actually present on some buses on the first few days of busing black students to Southie, in an effort to show support and protection. I like to think if I were going to school during that time I'd be doing something like that too. I think it was definitely a scary time for everyone involved, regardless of your stance on the subject, just the uncertainty everyday of what violence might happen during the school day. Personally, I think the most visible affects still in BPS from the desegregation era are these same beliefs we saw then, unfortunately, a lot of people in Boston still carry a lot of these racist ideologies. While watching the documentary, I found it hard to not look at the people in the crowds yelling slurs at these students and not think about their kids. Their kids who probably carried on the same beliefs.