Racism Jul 11, 2020 14:19:33 GMT
Post by Susan Peabody on Jul 11, 2020 14:19:33 GMT
I agree that everybody in America has an opportunity to be successful. In this country it all depends on your access to education. Each step in the education process takes you one step further. If you do well in grammar school you do well in high school. If you do well in high school you go on to college. If you go to a school when you are a child that encourages you and helps you build your self-esteem you will do well in school and be successful.
Unfortunately poor people don't go to these kinds of schools. They go to schools where the teachers tell them not to reach too high. Where the books are outdated. Where the teachers are burned out. This makes some children feel bad about themselves and so they just stop trying.
This was proven by studies and taken to the Supreme Court in 1954. Brown versus the Board of Education which allowed children to be bused to better schools. That is why today we have so many successful people on the black community as you will see on many of the talk shows. MSNBC
Success is a complicated subject but it takes more to be successful than not to be successful. When I was a secretary my professor asked me to prioritize resumes. He told me to put the people who graduated from Harvard and Yale on top. He said they have the best education and should be considered first. Those schools cost a lot of money and most people cannot afford it. To get a scholarship you have to be on the level of Obama.
So a majority of people are held back by the fact that they started out poor. It is a known fact that poverty is more common among people of color. So I don't think we should generalize that everybody can make the success of themselves. Because this isn't really true. They need a lot of help along the way and they don't always get it.
Racism is not always apparent. It's often hidden. I went to an integrated high school. I assumed all the students were getting the same education. One semester I worked in the administration office filing. I noticed codes on the students files and I asked the counselor what the codes meant. She said codes indicated race. I asked her why it mattered what you race you were, and she said it will that will determine what class you go in. She said all the black students are put in remedial classes like home economics and typing and mechanics. And all the white students are put in classes that prepare them for college. I said shouldn't that depend on your intelligence and not your race. She just shrugged her shoulders and turned away. The system was called tracking. It was invisible for the most part like a lot of racism.