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May 18, 2014|
Racial discrimination in the United States no longer announces itself in screaming headlines but it is still cutting deep, US Attorney General Eric Holder says.
Holder, America’s first African-American attorney general, made the remarks on Saturday, the 60th anniversary of a landmark Supreme Court case in which the court outlawed racial segregation in public schools.
Holder said that widespread public anger over recent bigoted remarks by some renowned Americans does not mean the struggle for civil rights in the country has vanished.
"These outbursts of bigotry, while deplorable, are not the true markers of the struggle that still must be waged, or the work that still needs to be done - because the greatest threats do not announce themselves in screaming headlines. They are more subtle. They cut deeper," he said in a speech at Morgan State University in Baltimore.
"... We ought not find contentment in the fact that these high-profile expressions of outright bigotry seem atypical and were met with such swift condemnation."
According to a recently-released audio, the owner of the NBA's Los Angeles Clippers, Donald Sterling, recently told his girlfriend that he doesn't want her to bring black people to his games or post pictures with black people on Instagram.
The recording drew widespread condemnation from fans, players and the league after it was made public last month.
On May 17, 1954, the Supreme Court's Brown vs. Board of Education decision declared that the so-called "separate but equal" schooling system was unconstitutional and black kids had right to the same education as white kids.
The Department of Education is admitting that promise has yet to be delivered.
The Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights says racial disparities not only exist, but are significant across the public education system, and it starts as early as preschool -- kids four and under.
In March, a study by the US Department of Education showed that inequality and discrimination in the US education system is widespread for minority students.
According to the report, students with disabilities represent about 12 percent of the student population, but about 60 percent are placed in seclusion or involuntary confinement. On average, it costs about $10,000 to send a kid to public school for a year.
This was the first time since 2000 that the Department of Education has released data from all 87,000 of America’s public schools, representing 49 million students.