Mississippi Segregation Schools Ban Pregnant and LGBTQ Students
Mississippi senator Cindy Hyde-Smith recently revealed that she attended a segregation academy in the past and then later sent her daughter to one. Segregation academies were and still are, private schools found in Mississippi and the surrounding areas that allow people to pay in order to keep students segregated so that race mixing (which for some reason is still a problem for some people) does not occur. These schools came about after the ruling of Brown v. Board of Education in which the Supreme Court declared segregation to be unconstitutional. Many white families felt that the ruling was unjust and thus paid schools, often with government grants, to keep segregation in education.
Luckily these schools cannot legally discriminate against students of color but they do still exist and have recently received a rush of public funding. At least six schools in Mississippi ban pregnant students from attending and one bans both pregnant and LGBTQ students. All of the six schools' handbooks say that any female student who is pregnant and any male students responsible for pregnancies will be expelled and will not be allowed re-admission. The handbook of Hillcrest Christian School in Jackson, MS, says that female students may be asked to take a pregnancy test. Does anyone else think that that is a huge invasion of privacy? Students who terminate their pregnancy will also be expelled and denied re-admission.
Northpoint Christian School's handbook says that homosexuality is grounds for dismissal and that any applicant “who promotes, engages in, or identifies himself/herself with such activity through any action” will not be admitted.
Madison-Ridgeland Academy's dress code has racial undertones, as it bans hairstyles including cornrows, twists, and dreadlocks. Do they know that subtle racism is still racism?
Some of the schools' websites advertise their bigotry online without actually mentioning segregation; Magnolia Heights School in Senatobia brands their discrimination as "alternative education," while on Northpoint Christian School's website it says that the school was founded because people had a "vision for a Christian school in the Whitehaven, Tennessee community."
Segregated schools still, unfortunately, exist across the entire country which is a grim reminder that the Jim Crow laws were not too far in the past and that the effects of such laws still permeate throughout American society and take form in the shape of racism and bigotry towards minority and marginalized groups. People can't change their race or sexuality and by schools being legally allowed to discriminate against someone based on an inherent trait should be met with great scorn. Until we see people as just people and not their race or sexuality, these problems will continue to exist.