The Blackwell School, segregation, and burying Latino culture
In October, President Joe Biden signed legislation designating the Blackwell School as a national historic site, permanently protecting the building.
Mexicans and Mexican-Americans were not subject to Jim Crow laws because they were considered white. However, in the Southwest, they were subject to what became known as Juan Crow laws – a specific type of segregation targeted at Latinos and Hispanics.
The Blackwell School closed in the 1960s, but segregation is still common for students in America today. A recent report from the Government Accountability Office found that more than one-third of U.S. students attend a predominately same-race school. The report found segregated schools have a direct effect on academic outcomes, with poorer students performing worse.
We learn more about the Blackwell School and its long-lasting effects on the region and students.
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