Integration turned out to be successful, but was it he best plan for equality in schools? At Central High School, there was an excessive amount of violence. A huge angry mob formed around the entire school, threatening the lives of The Little Rock Nine. A neutral school would have been a much better option for both races.
Arkansas should have created a voluntary integration program for white people and black students at a neutral site- a NEW school.
This neutral school would have been funded more than Dunbar and Central High. These extra funds would come from the Federal Government throughout the order of President Eisenhower. On page 89 of Warriors Don’t Cry, President Eisenhower states “I will use the full power of the United States…to prevent any obstruction of the law and to carry out the orders of the Federal Court.” This funding will provide the school with top notch facilities and high quality teachers to attract students from both races.
The teachers would volunteer to teach. The volunteers would come from both Central High and Dunbar. If they come, they will get paid more money. They will get a 10% bonus for year one. The students will also volunteer. “A girl smiled at me today, another gave me directions, still another boy whispered the peg I should turn to in our textbook.” (Page 117) “When my teacher asked if anyone who lived within the Central High School district wanted to attend school with white people, I raised my hand.” Any student volunteering would receive a pamphlet giving information about the school. There wouldn’t be to much worry about bullies and racism because the teachers and faculty would go to any means neccasary to keep all of the kids safe.