As a result of the problems encountered by these various proposals, I propose a plan of my own that preserves HBUs to the extent that they are desegregated along with the white institutions rather than just eliminated. In this way, the burdens of integration are shared in both communities by both sets of institutions. More specifically, with respect to higher education in Mississippi, I propose the following solution to address the current situation: first, Mississippi should close or merge some of the HWUs but not the HBUs for the reasons previously articulated and then adopt a two tier system of classification. Second, course offerings and admission standards will be tied to the classification. Finally, the HBUs and HWUs should adopt affirmative action programs for the minority (i.e., for blacks at HWUs and for whites at HBUs) students, faculty, and administrators. My proposal has as its goal to encourage integration while recognizing the important function served by the HBUs.
Chaka M. Patterson,
Desegregation as a Two-Way Street: The Aftermath of United States v. Fordice,
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