After reading, “Warriors Don’t Cry”, by Melba Beal, one major theme that was most interesting was the importance of desegregation in schools, and how important segregation is to others. Due to the Brown V. Board of Education court case, schools were forced to start desegregation. Desegregation in school settings was important, offering hope, and or producing fear for the others. At first desegregation in the school causes students to get harassed with racial slurs, mobs, and physical abuse. However, some were able to look past physical appearance, showing not all people who identify with a certain skin color are the same. We are able to see this throughout the book when some white students helped the blacks when attacked. A white student was even attracted to a black student in the book, showing even more hope the races can eventually come together.
To others, segregation was important out of fear of what might happen in the future. In my opinion, I believe segregation was important to the white people who attended because they feared black people might overpower or outsmart them. Their entire lives they were taught negative things about African Americans,their schools were already segregated too. So, a change that came so sudden, allowing people they made out to be savages to learn and freely communicate with them explains the cruelty and reason behind segregation being important to them. I think it is interesting how desegregation in schools was due to race back then, but today it’s desegregated by income.