League of Women Voters hosts panel on re-segregation of local schools

Posted at 5:30 PM, Oct 24, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-24 16:21:23-04

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (WTXL) - Segregation in schools is a concept many thought disappeared with the Civil Rights movement, but it appears it is still happening and local leaders are concerned.

According to a Leroy Collins Institute Report, the State of Florida has seen a recent trend of re-segregation of schools, with Leon County being one of the most segregated.

The League of Women Voters hosted a panel discussion on the topic Wednesday night.

Local leaders from all over the community joined in on the discussion.

"Education is the key to having a vibrant and vital democracy. People have to be educated, they have to be knowledgeable, they have to vote wisely, and not just be persuaded by any slick politician," said Sally Butzin a member of the League of Women Voters. They have to think about it. So, the league has always been very interested in education, and making sure that our children have a quality education so that they become informed active citizens."

When WTXL went to put this story together regarding re-segregation, we asked Commissioner Bill Proctor about the topic.

Proctor didn't answer the question about re-segregation, he talked about everything else instead. 

"It's very important for white people to learn something about black people other than through sitcoms," said Proctor.