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Editor Apologizes For Philadelphia Magazine’s October Education Issue For Being Racially Insensitive

Philadelphia has a majority-minority school district: 52 percent of its students are black, 19 percent are Hispanic and 14 percent are white.

That’s why so many people found it jarring when Philadelphia magazine’s October education issue featured a photograph of a group of white children.
The text on the cover didn’t help: “How to get your kid a great education … without moving to the ‘burbs,” it reads.

Coupled with the photo, plenty of people saw the cover package as a not-so-hard-to-break code that speaks to the segregation of both housing and schools: good schools are white schools, and white schools are in white neighborhoods.

By Emma Brown September 29 at 1:21 PM