Racism and Discrimination within Public Schools

Our students should be able to obtain an education in a safe environment no matter what color they are.

Bit-o-History February 5, 2008

Racism in the US has been an issue for hundreds and hundreds of years stemming from the colonization of the Americas. The sad truth is that it not only affects the adults who condone it, it affects our children and their ability to get the education that they deserve. From segregation of public schools to racist confrontations, racism is a burden on our students.

One of the most public of cases against racism in public schools was that of Brown versus Board of Education in 1954. According the Supreme Court, separate but equal facilities for each race was not in violation of the 14th Amendment of the United States (wikipedia.com). Though things were separate, there was still a large amount of inequality. African American children were denied their full rights to gain their education through lack of textbooks, transportation, and funding to repair old schools (wikipedia.com). The out come of this case ruled successful and the segregation of schools was ended, though the flow of racism still ran strong. Many southern schools ignored the agreement to integrate schools and segregation continued into the 1960’s (picturehistory.com).

Desegregate Now!!!

Today we still see similar trends within our public schools systems. Though schools are not directly segregated and minority children are able to attend any schools, they are still indirectly segregated. For example in Seattle, the northern schools are predominantly white and the southern schools are predominantly minority. The Northern schools have enough funding to support their students and the Southern schools are struggling to get funding. Seattle Public Schools is not the only district where this has occurred. Many school districts across the US are trying to combat the unfair treatment of students due to racism.

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