“NYC has one of the MOST segregated school districts in the country.”

New York State's Extreme School Segregation: Inequality, Inaction and a Damaged Future UCLA Civil Rights Project Report (2014) by John Kucsera and Gary Orfield


Toddlers don’t want racially segregated school settings.

So let’s work to give them the opportunity to embrace each other like this - at scale - in racially desegrated schools in NYC. NOW!!!

Racial school segregation is so 1954.... Wait - racial school segregation is actually our current reality in 2019!

Then vs. Now


A Moral Inquiry Riding on the Heels of Justice Bent Just Right

A Poem About Northern Liberal Segregation
by Danielle McKoy

It’s been

The paradox of truth
buried in the simplicity of lies,

The silent pity
of a deafening cry,

A splendor of tears
drowning a city dry,

A crippling fear
daring not to try,

Roaming then and there
asking how and why,

A bold cowardice
churning shame into crime,

A blinding reality
hidden in plain sight.

But, it’s also been
A long time coming
nowhere near here

Doling out

Sweet rays of hope
of the bitter kind,

Swells of calming comfort
of the unsettling type,

Gleaming shadows
of a darkness so bright.

Giving rise to

A tranquil peace
amidst the fear of flight,

A lively awakening
in the very dead of night,

A discerning dialogue
to explore an unspeakable fight,

A moral inquiry
riding on the heels of justice bent just right.

It’s been

A long time coming
nowhere near here
but, everywhere

To end the silence
despite our fear.


The mission of nycASID is to advocate for racial and socioeconomic city-wide school desegregation and integration

as a means to:

  • Uprooting white supremacy/engendering racial healing,

  • Preserving and spreading the rich culture of marginalized communities,

  • Upholding the principles of democracy, equality, and human dignity that segregation curtails.


nycASID is a burgeoning alliance composed of hundreds of parents, student activists like the ones captured in the present-day protests above, community members, community elders, social justice advocates, and any and all individuals interested in ensuring that NYC’s schools are meaningfully integrated and desegregated.


We are an OPEN group of DEDICATED individuals fighting for the undoing of school segregation, who:

  1. CONVENE regularly with each other and the public at monthly nycASID meetings

  2. WORK STRATEGICALLY within different committees to take action towards

    1. Engendering racial school integration and

    2. Creating the space for meaningful dialogue about topics that have been ignored for too long, such as

      • Northern liberal racism

      • Racial school integration in the North

      • Manifestation of white supremacy in NY'C’s educational settings

      • The effect of gentrification on racially marginalized communities

      • A vision of what true racial school integration could and should look like (with regards to racial student demographics in individual school buildings across the city and the city-wide adoption of anti-racist/anti-white supremacist curricula/school culture) in a city wherein white students make up only 13% to 17% of the total public school student population but are mostly segregated in individual schools where they make up more than 50% of the student population.

  3. EDUCATE the broader NYC community about

    1. The past and current state of racial school segregation in NYC

    2. How racial school segregation only continues to

      • Accelerate the growth of racial division, racism, white supremacy, and

      • Curtail any meaningful attempt at racial harmony in a city, state, country that was built on and grounded in a racial caste system.


7 Committed Individuals


Danielle MCKoy

Founding Member &

”History, Definitions, & Discourse” Committee Co-Chair



Founding Member &

”Community & Parent Engagement” Committee Co-Chair


Faraji hannah-jones


”History, Definitions, & discourse” COMMITTEE CO-CHAIR


Toni smith-thompson




Nora madsen

New Member &

”nycASID onboarding” committee Chair


Becky ford

New Member &

”History, definitions, & discourse” Committee Co-Chair


Sophia james

New member

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good [people] to do nothing.
— Edmunk Burke
What are you going to do about NYC’s segregated public school system? Doing nothing is a choice.
— nycASID