African Americans in the United States today are at a disadvantage to other populations even though there are laws in place to try to prevent this. You are more likely to be poor, be in prison, and be discriminated against in the job market if you are of African descent. To teach to a population that has these factors working against them you must be aware of who they are and that these conditions exist.
African Americans are more likely to be raised in a home where the mother is the head of the household than Caucasians. There is a built in fear of oppression of the government held by many African Americans based on factual history. In the past and still today African Americans have been discriminated against. Although our government has taken steps to rectify the laws in regards to this society is still lacking in the reality of it.
Dark skinned Full lipped Descendants of slaves Kinky black hair Ignorant Athletic
Any skin color Any shaped lips May be descendants of non-slaves Any texture hair Same range of intelligence as Caucasians Both athletic and non-athletic
Teachers within the population are paid less Less likely to be enrolled in difficult classes More likely to be physically restrained 3.5 times more likely to be suspended Less likely to have difficult courses offered More likely to be placed in seclusion More likely to be expelled than Caucasians
As Secretary of Education Arne Duncan stated “ Education is the civil rights of our generation,”. We as a people need to realize and do something about the disparity that exists within the education system in our country when it comes to the opportunity and treatment of African Americans within it, an equal opportunity is not being afforded for all.
Pay attention to the cultural experience of students Be cognizant of the differences in demographics Recognize differences as valuable Do not change your expectations Educate yourself about African American culture
To sum it up you should expect the same of all of your students. It is important to recognize differences, not call yourself color blind because nobody truly is. Rather take these differences in color and educate yourself about what they mean. As Ross says “a teacher who professes to be “colorblind” is not going to understand how unconscious biases can influence expectations, actions, and even the way a teacher addresses students of color. “
Do you feel that the government is doing enough to make sure there are equal opportunities for all regardless of their skin color?
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