Saturday, February 21, 2009
The Pure Science of Segregation
Copyright 1959, by D.C. Heath and Company
These illustrations are from the book, "Science for Work and Play" by Herman and Nina Schneider. The book was part of the California State Series and published by the California State Department of Education, Sacramento, 1959. The illustrators are Cheslie D'Andrea, Malcom Harvey, and Marguerite Scott.
According to the Encylopedia of Chicago, "redlining" is the practice of arbitrarily denying or limiting financial services to specific neighborhoods, generally because its residents are people of color or are poor. Here's an example of state-sponsored "redlining" in science education.
It's a good thing that the civil rights movement and affirmative action were just around the bend from this book's publishing date in 1959. Otherwise, we might have been stuck in this doggerel for who knows how long...
Look at this community
All so tight
Science pure as white
Look at this school day
The Lord made it right
Among books none outweigh
The Bible pure as white
Was this the nineteen fifties
All smiles and delight
Only outskirts, far from cities
Burbs pure as white?
-- by "Blessed Am I?"
Posted by Indian Roller at 10:16 PM