Map: Race, Voting, and High School Districts in Detroit

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This map comes out of Field Notes II from the Detroit Geographical Expedition Institute and William Bunge. It is a representation of the number of black and white students compared to the number of black and white voters. The DGEI spent the entirety of Field Notes II running statistics and creating maps to show the racial and power imbalance in Detroit’s education system. The premise was that the majority of black students were not being taught by a majority of black teachers or administrators, which led to lower educational achievement. The idea was that a “sympathetic authority” would enable black children; “the most abused children in America,” to be protected from getting gerrymandered into the lowest performing schools.

This is a very interesting tie in to the last decade of difficulties within Detroit’s public schools system. I have a feeling that the DGEI report was not taken into consideration.

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