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Fri May 3, 2013
Listen again: State of Opportunity's latest documentary on race
Gary Orfield, co-director of the Civil Rights Project at UCLA says, "Michigan is an absolute national leader in segregated schools." Orfield means in reality and not by law, but how is this possible in 21st century America?
State of Opportunity reporter Jennifer Guerra goes into Michigan high schools and neighborhoods---from Grand Haven to Detroit's west side---to see how race and racism are playing out today in an era some are calling "post-racial."
She speaks with researchers, teachers, and school administrators to talk about how race influences achievement and discipline for students.
And, lastly, we hear from a diverse group of students on what race means today. The teens Jennifer talks to are wise beyond their years in their reflections on the meaning of difference and diversity for their generation.