Discrimination In Education

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The lyrics of “The Star-Spangled Banner”, the national anthem of the United States of America, reads “O'er the land of the free and the home of the brave?” An ironic statement considering the segregation, that spans across the country, in our American school system. Although, steps have been taken to attempt integrating American schools, it has not been successfully permanently and federally implemented. The goals behind the landmark 1954 US Supreme Court case Brown vs. Board of Education which ruled that separate facilities for black and white students were inherently unequal and thus unconstitutional have not been achieved today.≈ Why is that so? The roadblock to desegregation lies in the parents and officials fighting against integration. Man is created equal according, to the Declaration of Independence, but studies show that their is a gap of inequality in our learning facilities, resources, and skilled teachers in schools with predominantly black and hispanic pupils in comparison to majority white schools. Where exactly lies the freedom and equality Americans speak of and how do we define freedom? Because of our institutionalized racism and sexism, what freedom means to you is nuanced in your racial and gender identity. Different upbringings warrant different fights for freedom such as the civil rights movement and women’s suffrage. In order to discern how this segregated school system was built, one must understand mid-century American history. African Americans

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