It's been going on for years and years. Wasn't always about systematic racism either.

Had to get rid of the "Stawberries" because they made the "Chocolate Chips" feel bad with their reading group.

Getting rid of ability groups was to make the lower performing kids feel better and keep the high kids in check somewhat. Shockingly some of those former "Strawberries " became behavior problems, especially during reading and math classes.

A few years later the evening out appeared in gym and extracurricular sports. Everyone plays and everyone gets a trophy.

It just keeps devolving.