Attack The Source
There really is no way of getting around it. There is a great deal of racial
tension in the United States today. Nine out of ten people in society today believe that
racism does exist and is something that affects millions of people everyday. There is
not much arguing that can done with a statistic like that. What is it that causes so
many problems between each other? Is it that we are afraid of the unknown?
Whatever the cause is, we have been trying to fix the problem for many years now.
Since racism is learned and not genetic, it is something that needs to be taken care of
in school starting from the young children.
In Brown v. Board of Education, the whole issue was that schools could
be segregated only if they were “equal”. This was decided by the case of Plessy v
Ferguson. Schools in the South were not equal so Brown v. Board of Education was
filed. Supreme Court Judge Earl Warren decide with the rest of the Supreme Court
that segregated schools were in fact unlawful. Schools went through drastic changes
but some schools didn’t like the idea. Schools in Prince Edward County had closed
due to the ruling and children in the county lost out on their education. This had
caused some racism to occur in Prince Edward County.
The most effective solution for solving the racial tension problem is to
change the curriculum, text books, and to keep up, if not increase, diversity training in
the work force today. First of all, there needs to be an agreement that a problem does
exist. It is after all evident through racist groups such as the Ku Klux Klan,
Neo-Nazis, and Skinheads. These are hate groups that threaten and dislike people, not
for the content of their character, but the color of their skin or what country they are
from. although these are extremes when it comes to racism, it is something that
affects so many people everyday in the United States.
What is racism really? Racism is not knowing anything about someone
when you look at them, but disliking them anyway, not because of who they are, but
what they are. Racism is cowardly. More importantly, racism is a weakness and an
obvious sign of ignorance. So what is it that makes us racist? More than likely, it is
the fear of the unknown. In other words, it is a lack of education. The only way to
battle this ignorance is to educate oneself. That is why the key to solving the problem
is not Affirmative Action, or bussing kids around the different schools, but instead it
is education and starts with the young generation.
The first thing that needs to be done is to up-date the text books and
books in general that are read by the students starting from Kindergarten or first
grade. The books need to be changed to include different cultures and their positive
contributions to life, and not just focusing on one group. Curriculum change is also
something that can do some benefit in understanding others. For example, instead of
having black history one month, why can\'t every month have black history in it?
Students could learn about black history all year around, and not just condensed into
one month. This goes the same for other cultures also. This is something that would
along with educating ourselves, help break up stereotypes we have of others. In
James Baldwin’s “Sonny’s Blues” , the narrator talks about students’ future with the
education system as it is. The narrator says, “All they really knew were two
darknesses, the darkness of their lives, which was now closing in on them, and the
darkness of the movies, which had blinded them to that other darkness, in which they
now, vindictively, dreamed, at once more together than they were at any other time,
and more alone.” This is an example of how children back in those days had no real
future except for the ones they saw in the movies, which was like a dream world to
Racism hit its high point in the 1960\'s and today it is still flooding society.
Throughout schools in America, racism suffocates the classrooms, cafeterias, and
hallways. There are many programs aimed at stopping racism but teachers and
socialization programs cannot sway the racism out of the children\'s minds. The
children are not the problem. They are the products of what their parents created.
From the day a child is born, it is