From YouGov, the percentages who favor overturning the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education ruling declaring unconstitutional racial segregation in public schools. “Not sure” responses, constituting 21% of the total, are excluded so that the residuals are the percentages who favor allowing the ruling to stand unchallenged:
This is a question for which full cross-tabs would be particularly useful. It looks as though there is virtually no support among white liberals for overturning Brown while there is quite a bit among, well, actual browns–as much as there is among white Republicans. Several big city school districts ran out of white kids decades ago, and many of the POCs remaining presumably think it reasonable to have black high schools, Hispanic high schools, and maybe a magnet school or two to for Asians, rather than several mixed schools where the potential for escalating racial tensions are an ever present concern.
To the objection that the relatively high support among young non-whites is attributable to confusion about the question itself, the response to overturn additionally states that this would “permit racial segregation in public schools” while the response to uphold the decision states that this will “maintain the ban on racial segregation in public schools”, so it probably shouldn’t be dismissed on that account.
Perceptions of Zoomers have a bipolar feel to them. In this same questionnaire, for instance, we see young people are the most supportive of affirmatively enforcing racial desegregation through the use of mandatory busing. What gives?
I think most Zoomers are Woke. Wokeness is ubiquitous in pop culture, academia, major media, and the corporate world, after all. Wokeness is the default position among Gen Z to a much greater extent than it has been even for Millennials.
There is a sizable minority of Zoomer dissidents, however, who are stridently and unapologetically opposed to Wokeness. These dissident Zoomers get most of their information through alternative media. Theirs is an information ecosystem that is largely separate from the corporate media mainstream. This contingent constitutes around one-fifth of all Zoomers and closer to half of all the generation’s white males. These whippersnappers are driving the blue checkmarks insane.
While Zoomers want intervention–either to force desegregation or allow officially sanctioned segregation–Boomers still hold onto a classically liberal approach. As they see it, individuals should be able, through the personal choices they make, to carve out the lives they want for themselves. The state obviously shouldn’t racially segregate, but it shouldn’t forcibly desegregate, either. They lived free and once they die, the aspiration to live free will die with them.