Michael E. Haynesis minister of Twelfth Baptist Church in Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, and a black, native Bostonian. He serves as senior member of the Massachusetts Parole Board, and is on the board of Gordon college. He also served three terms in the Massachusetts House of Representatives.
Busing is not the real issue in Boston, as I believe is also true in other sectors of our nation. Since I know the Boston situation personally, I will use it as my focal point.
First, the problem is racism. Certain minorities are not wanted, not liked, and/or feared. Many bugaboos, superstitions, and stereotypes have been resurrected, if they ever were dead, against blacks, Hispanics, and other minorities.
Second, some people have found the issues of integration and busing advantageous. Because of greed and overt political ambition, they are willing to exploit the school situation for their own self-aggrandizement and political advancement.
Third, too many flame-feeders wanted to keep the busing crisis alive because they have profited by it, particularly in overtime pay, while the situation remained heated. That is the economical issue.
Psychologically, the cost of busing cannot be measured: the drop-outs who ultimately may become wards of the state, on welfare or in prisons; the still birth of possible doctors, teachers, scientists, and useful citizens. Economically, it cost Boston in the first fourteen months some $25 million to correct this evil situation consciously and deliberately perpetuated by certain city fathers and mothers over the past decades. Some 1,800 police are diverted from other duties as they continue to maintain surveillance over children, school personnel, buses, and buildings. Over $7 million has been expended in ...1
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