Enjoyed Terry Gross’ interview yesterday, one of her best in recent memory.
Learned a lot from journalist Nikole Hannah-Jones, an investigative journalist with the New York Times who covers Civil Rights and what she calls the “segregation beat.”
Hannah-Jones sent her daughter to a public school in Brooklyn, “even though its students were almost all poor and black or Latino.”
I was raised in the suburbs so I don’t have the experience of being raised in an urban setting. But I do think what happened in my junior high years widened my worldview and me realize the need to be flexible.
Back then in the 1970s, at least where we were, elementary school taught grades one to six, junior high seven to nine, and high school ten to twelve. We lived in the same house in Greensboro so I should have gone to the same junior high school all three years. But due to busing and shifting school zones, I attended three different ones.
Looking back, I can honestly say I don’t have any negative feelings. I was bullied in the eighth grade at Jackson, but that could have happened anywhere.