SNN has found an amazing story out of Memphis in 2013: if George Washington Carver High School is consolidated with Booker T. Washington High School, the result could be a bloodbath:
“MEMPHIS, TN (abc24.com) – Students fear that combining two Memphis high schools will set off a turf war between rival gangs. The Unified School Board wants to merge George Washington Carver High School and Booker T. Washington High School to save money, but some students warn that will put their education, even their lives, at risk.
“The homicide rate is just going to shoot through the air,” said Carver High School Senior Romero Malone….
It’s like putting the Crips and Bloods together in a national convention.” …
Note: Memphis is another city like Birmingham that was plunged into decline as a result of the Civil Rights Movement. Future historians will have their hands full sifting through these stories and trying to make sense of why it was allowed to happen.