Racial Inequality And Its Effects On A Student 's Development

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People of color in the classroom are challenged by tough circumstances that many of their mainstream counterparts may not be exposed to on a daily basis. Whether it is ethnicity, family sizefamily size, first language, poverty or any other number of characteristics that people of color face, they do in fact, have a strong impact on a student’s development. People of color are more likely to be born into poverty than their white counterparts. In 2013, only 11% of Asian Americans and Whites lived below or at the poverty line. In contrast to 18% for Pacific Islanders lived below or at the poverty line, 21% of Hispanics, 22% of Blacks and 25% of Native Americans. (Museus, Ledesma, Parker, 2015). Though Asian Americans experienced less poverty than any other ethnic group there were drastic disparities within their communities . Poverty can affect a student in many ways. They might not be able to focus due to hunger, evictions, stress and in some sad cases from working to help their parents support their families. Racial differences have also been linked to health. People of color experience more frequent health problems than their white counterparts. Communities of color that experience high poverty rates are more likely to have health problems due to inability to access quality health care and have even been linked to higher mortality rates than those of people of color nationwide (Museus, Ledesma, Parker, 2015). This is yet another factor to consider when
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