Education isn't Colorblind How Racism Affects the Education of Minorities

Ethan Rinde

I refuse to accept the view that mankind is so tragically bound to the starless midnight of racism and war that the bright daybreak of peace and brotherhood can never become a reality... I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word. -MLK

I live on the east coast in the US. Here, you don’t see racism. Racism here is just something in the south, far away from here. But it's a huge problem everywhere, and it can affect every race in different ways. But, how does racism affect education? Racism can really affect the education of other races, especially African-American and Latino. I have just recently learned just how much racism there still is here in the US, and how little we know. Racism can affect treatment, grades, chances at college, and much more. Affecting not only the kids education, but there whole life, it’s harder to get jobs and a good income when you didn’t get a good education

Segregated water fountains from the 50s, good example of the extremes this country went to, to keep these two races separate. They couldn't even drink from the same place.

Racism obviously isn’t what it was. There aren't black and white water fountains and the Supreme Court banned segregated schools over 60 years ago. But just because segregation is gone, doesn’t mean racism has completely left, it is still very much here, and minority students are still treated differently than white students. According to The Huffington Post, black students are suspended or expelled at triple the rate compared to white students, and minority students usually are put into classes with less experienced teachers (Resmovits). Also, according to Education Next, the race of the teacher affects how the teach different races. Only 8 percent of teachers in the US are black, so the black students are going to most definitely get a white teachers, and because the student and teacher are different races there's a good chance the black student may be treated differently. How are minority students supposed to improve or go on to do well in life if they are given a different education because of the color of their skin.

How does racism affect students mentally? Racism in school systems can also cause some pretty serious mental health problems. Discrimination in schools can make minority students uncomfortable and not welcomed in their school. Especially in younger students, the discrimination can cause serious stress and anxiety. “A recent study from Northwestern University corroborates Agostini’s experience, suggesting that the stress of racial discrimination may partly explain the persistent gaps in academic performance between some non white students, mainly black and Latino youth, and their white counterparts.” (Anderson). All this stress from discrimination in schools can really hinder a child’s educational development. Discrimination/racism is known to cause serious stress in kids, which can affect their whole life. The stress can cause many things “related to lower grades, less academic motivation … and less persistence when encountering an academic challenge.” (Anderson). All these problems affect the future of these kids, and minority students in college have a lot of problems, and college is very important to get a good job. Racism can make students feel not wanted at their school, and a greatly affect their academic performance. “I don’t think [racism] is just one or two evils. I don’t think it’s just a flaw, and I don’t think that you as a white person understand what it’s like to walk past a building or to be studying in a school or to have it on your diploma from a school that was built on the backs of and by your people. I don’t want to see that. I do not want to sit in Wilcox hall and enjoy my meal and look at Woodrow Wilson, who would not have wanted me here.” (Green). I think racism is a huge problem in school, that's why some parents are taking kids out of there.

Discrimination is very common is schools and universities, causing decreasing academic performance.

So many nonwhite families are doing there best to help their kids avoid racism that can be common in public schools in some areas of the country. According to Washington Post, many African American are opting for homeschooling, and the main reason is racism in schools. Some parents hear about racism and try to avoid it, but most start out in public schools and experience racism. This is the only way some parents have to avoid racism. It helps the kids academically but, but hurts their social skills. “I found covert institutional racism and individual racism still persist and are largely responsible for the persistence of profound racial disparities and inequalities in many social realms. Schools, of course, are no exception, which helps one understand why racism is such a powerful drive for black homeschoolers.” (Mazama)

All in all racism is a serious problem in schools. It can affect so many important skills for these kids. It can affect these kid's entire lives and should've left a long time ago.

Work Cited

Anderson, Malinda D.,How the Stress of Racism Affect Learning, The Atlantic, 10/11/16, Washington D.C. Link to article: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/10/how-the-stress-of-racism-affects-learning/503567/

Dee,Thomas S, The Race Connection, EducationNext, Vol. 4, No. 2, Hoover Institution, Spring 2004 Link to article:http://educationnext.org/the-race-connection/

Green, Adrienne, The Cost of Balancing Academia and Racism, The Atlantic, 1/21/16, Washington D.C. Link to article: http://www.theatlantic.com/education/archive/2016/01/balancing-academia-racism/424887/

Mazama, Ama, Racism in schools is pushing more black families to homeschool their children, The Washington Post, 4/10/15, Washington D.C. Link to article: https://www.washingtonpost.com/posteverything/wp/2015/04/10/racism-in-schools-is-pushing-more-black-families-to-homeschool-their-children/?utm_term=.2981612b2d60

Resmovits, Joy, American Schools are STILL Racist, Government Report Find, The Huffington Post, 3/21/14, NYC. Link to article: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/21/schools-discrimination_n_5002954.html

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