Though schools across the nation were forcibly integrated decades ago, there has been a slow by steady re-segregation by school systems across the nation.

In fact, in recent years, the number of schools that have less than 1 percent white students has doubled, a troubling issue in a nation that is struggling more than ever with racial division.

“Last Week Tonight,” host John Oliver took a closer look at this growing problem, discussing the harm it does to children and society as a whole to not push the issue a bit more.

“I get the impulse to seize every tiny advantage for your kid — I get that — but segregated schools cause devastating harm to actual children, and not just to their education but to their very sense of self-worth.”

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Sydney Robinson is a political writer for the Ring of Fire Network. She has also appeared in political news videos for Ring of Fire. Sydney has a degree in English Literature from the University of West Florida, and has an active interest in politics, social justice, and environmental issues. She would love to hear from you on Twitter @SydneyMkay or via email at srobinson@ringoffireradio.com