de·​seg·​re·​ga·​tion | \ (ˌ)dē-ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən \

Definition of desegregation

1 : the state of being desegregated
2 : the action or an instance of desegregating

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In the book, Boot writes of National Review founder William F. Buckley: Buckley also editorialized in National Review against desegregation. Jane Coaston, Vox, "Max Boot, Jackie Robinson, and the racism problem in the Republican Party," 12 Oct. 2018 These data suggest otherwise, removing one potential argument against school desegregation. Valerie Strauss, Washington Post, "Are American kids happy in school? New data tells a surprising story.," 29 May 2018 After the Civil War, the fear of integrating blacks into white society led to Jim Crow laws and desegregation. Tara Isabella Burton, Vox, "Historian and author John Fea on Trump’s “court evangelicals” and the long history of Christian nationalism.," 5 Nov. 2018 Those same schools are part of the current desegregation debate now playing out in the city. Elizabeth A. Harris, New York Times, "Cynthia Nixon. Parent. Activist. Governor?," 3 July 2018 The court ultimately ruled in favor of desegregation and mandated the integration of the elementary schools in those four districts. Mariana Viera, Teen Vogue, "How Méndez vs. Westminster Helped End Segregated Schools for Latinx Children in 1940s California," 12 Oct. 2018 Boston’s African-American residents and activists are calling the victory of Ms. Pressley a breakthrough in a city that has a complicated history and reputation on race, dating back to school desegregation and the busing crisis of the 1970s. Jennifer Levitz, WSJ, "In Massachusetts Elections, Breaking Racial Barriers and Political Traditions," 6 Sep. 2018 The Montgomery Bus Boycott started in 1955 with Rosa Parks’s civil disobedience — attempting to sit in the front of a segregated bus — and ended with bus desegregation in 1956. Aditi Shrikant, Vox, "As bus ridership continues to decrease, cities are turning to creative alternatives.," 5 Nov. 2018 The open defiance continued, token desegregation continued slowly in many parts of the South and Southwest, and the impact is still being felt in many communities. Bill Mears, Fox News, "The 'forgotten' Supreme Court decision and its impact on our politics," 9 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of desegregation

1931, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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de·​seg·​re·​ga·​tion | \ dē-ˌse-gri-ˈgā-shən \

Kids Definition of desegregation

: the act or process or an instance of ending a law or practice that separates people of different races


de·​seg·​re·​ga·​tion | \ dē-ˌse-grə-ˈgā-shən \

Legal Definition of desegregation

1 : the action or an instance of desegregating
2 : the state of being desegregated

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