This week’s post, is a not the typical we are assigned every week. This week we had to explore Brown vs. Board of Education, watch videos of Tim Wise’s thoughts on Racism and White denial in the age of Obama, and an article called “Separate and Unequal” by Bob Herbert. These pieces all have relationships and connections and discusses the change in education since Brown vs. Board of Education.
On the Brown vs. Board of Education website, fighting for school desegregation became part of broader movement for social justice while it led to include racial and ethnic minorities, women, people with disabilities, and other groups, each demanding equal opportunity. In Bob Herbert pieces, though school are now desegregated, schools itself doesn’t seem segregated today. It is resulted from residential patterns, social class and poverty. Low income students are going to school where they don’t learn much. Good teachers tend to stay away from school with a high population of low-income students. Herbert says, “Long years of evidence show that poor kids of all ethnic backgrounds do better academically when they go to school with their more affluent - that is, middle class- peers.” Basically, I feel that the article says that race isn’t the issue. It is about the culture of poverty in which these children grow up, and the value system and hidden rules that they absorb from it. Yet “We are nowhere near a post racial America”, says Tim Wise, author of “Between Barack and a Hard Place”. Wise says, "6 out of 10 white folks admit to stereotyping by either perceiving blacks as less intelligent, more violent, less hardworking, less patriotic, live on welfare, and they do not work."For many people, the election of Barack Obama seemed to signify the end of racism as a pervasive social force in the United States. But is this true? The answer to this is really dependent on how the people of America responded to the election and understanding the election to mean and what they understand it not to mean. All of this relates to each other.
Question: Is America looking for segregation tomorrow? Why can’t we all just get along and learn from one another?