What is Busing?

At Thursday's Democratic debate, Sen. Kamala Harris said she was bused to school as part of desegregation programs — but what does that mean?

What is busing?

During the second Democratic presidential politics debate, Senator Kamala Harris of California confronted former Vice President Joe Biden regarding a topic that has received little attention in recent presidential elections: school desegregation. What is “busing” in the United States? In 1971, during the desegregation movement in the U.S., the Supreme Court ruled on mandatory school busing of students to achieve school integration. The U.S. has a history of de facto segregation in schools, largely because of housing inequality.

Thousands of American children are riding buses to school, many under court ordered education desegregation plans. 22,000 youngsters were bused to new schools and come and return to the city. Despite widespread opposition, busing is a key ingredient in most proposal to remedy the nation’s school segregation problems. American children would be sent to schools in different neighborhoods to promote racial balance in schools. But the decision led to protests across the U.S. integrating public schools met fierce resistance. Opponents would argue that the neighborhoods were unsafe, impacting the children’s overall education. The time of the busing, and the conditions of the busing were not so tied and interfered with their health considering their age as to materially affect their ability to learn.

This led some white residents to migrate to the suburbs to avoid mandatory busing in urban areas. In the South in 1968, 77% of black kids attended schools with almost exclusively minority students. By 1988, 57% did according to The Civil Rights Project/UCLA. Mandatory busing faded by the late 1980s and early 1990s. But Boston still has a program which buses students of color from the city into white suburbs for school.

There was a little girl in California who was part of the second class to integrate her public schools, and she was bussed to school every day. And that little girl was Kamala Harris.


06/29/2019 10:22 AMupdated: 07/01/2019 12:55 PM
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  • Maureen S.
    06/29/2019 10:38

    Who cares?

  • Abraham Y.
    06/29/2019 11:56

    Little girl and senile Biden. After witnessing the debate of the presidential hopefuls, it's now quite transparent that nobody can match Trump. Nobody has a political agenda. But Trump has a political ideology and has the capability to tackle mountain of global issues. Trump alone can block the defiant invasion of migrants and has the guts and stamina to deal with terror state Iran and to cripple it's power in the Middle East ( tanker attack in the Gulf).

  • Peter C.
    06/29/2019 12:33

    Kamala playing the race card

  • Ramirez J.
    06/29/2019 13:03

    Wonder why racism still alive? Just look at your grandparents 😂

  • Freddy R.
    06/29/2019 13:20

    Okay, first of all, I've never followed or liked this page or even heard of it. But this is bullshit. Fuck her, fuck the leftist manipulative media, and fuck democrats. MAGA, bitches.

  • Jim P.
    06/29/2019 13:52

    What in the hell this has to do with beating Tump? She want beat trump with that.

  • Robert B.
    06/29/2019 13:58

    she full of it !

  • Arnold J.
    06/29/2019 14:59

    She answered Biden.I agree with Biden,.What we needed was Equal resources for Blacks in our own yards.No need to moved the children.however,in the abcense of the fiesta,busing was the only alternative.

  • Siragan G.
    06/29/2019 15:13

    Sorry I cannot trust that face

  • Muslimah J.
    06/29/2019 16:17

    I wonder why white children weren’t bused to urban school, why were black children, Latin children, and just children of color made to bus to an all white school?

  • Victor A.
    06/29/2019 18:36


  • Mary B.
    06/29/2019 20:59

    And it's still going on today. Harris was spot on to address this concern to Biden for candidate for the Democratic Party. Good for her.

  • Andrew P.
    06/29/2019 22:11

    Got em!

  • Mel O.
    06/30/2019 00:12

    This woman is the BIGGEST fake on the scene.

  • Karen C.
    06/30/2019 01:16

    If you don’t know then you were not there

  • Jowee J.
    06/30/2019 01:19

    Kamala 2020

  • Kenneth B.
    06/30/2019 01:24

    I was bussed to school so I didn't have to walk!

  • Robert O.
    06/30/2019 10:15

    What a liar

  • Bob V.
    06/30/2019 12:23

    Talk more about policy and programs not do trump tactics

  • Brut
    07/01/2019 14:08

    This is the moment Sen. Harris called out the former vice president during the democratic debate: