How can Jacksonville Florida overcome structural racism?

In a recent article, Frank Denton attempts to recommend strategies for overcoming structural racism in Jacksonville, Florida. He outlines several of the symptoms of structural racism which include employment, education, and law enforcement relations. Jacksonville can eliminate structural racism by eliminating it at the source.

Denton uses the structural racism definition outlined by the Aspen Institute. The Aspen Institute describes as “subtler racialized patterns in policies and practices (that) permeate the political, economic, and sociocultural structures of America in ways that generate differences in well-being between people of color and whites. These dynamics work to maintain the existing racial hierarchy even as they adapt with the times or accommodate new racial and ethnic groups.” The challenge with this definition is that it entertains the thought that averting structural racism requires a microscopic look at polices and procedures that contribute to continued racism.

A better definition than structural racism is institutional racism. Institutional racism is any system of inequality based on race. It can occur in institutions such as public government bodies, private business corporations (such as media outlets), and universities (public and private). The term was introduced by Black Power activists Stokely Carmichael and Charles V. Hamilton in the late 1960s. The definition given by William Macpherson within the report looking into the death of Stephen Lawrence was “the collective failure of an organization to provide an appropriate and professional service to people because of their colour, culture, or ethnic origin”.

The major difference between structural racism and institutional racism is that the structural racism definitions enable the major racism contributors to avoid receiving the blame. This is a primary example of a dysfunctional organization. The final phase of a dysfunctional organization is organizational malaise.

During the organizational malaise phase the individuals in the organization seek to find fault within the organization rather than accept responsibility for their actions and correct their behavior accordingly. The individual continues the process by accentuating the negative and deemphasizing the positive in an effort to cover up their actions. The organizational malaise is further exacerbated by a refusal of one or all the members to discuss their area of responsibility.

Who are the individuals who are finding fault within the organization rather than accepting the responsibility for institutional racism for which Frank Denton calls structural racism?

Who are the individuals who are accentuating the negative to cover up their racist actions?

Who are the individuals who refuse to discuss that they are the main contributors to institutional racism for which Frank Denton calls structural racism?

Those individuals are our teachers. Seventy-eight percent of the teachers in the United States are White female. Therefore, it is the White female teacher that contributes to the institutional racism that exist in the United States.

The outcome of this White female dominance in our schools has resulted in the over discipline of Black students. According to the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights this institutional racism begins in preschool. Black preschool students represent 18% of the enrollment, but 48% of the children receiving more than one out-of-school suspension. While White preschool students represent 43% of the enrollment but 26% of the students receiving more than one out of school suspension. This eventually contributes to the lack of employability for the Black community as well as future education success.

White female teachers contribute to the present lack of positive relationships between White police officers and Black teenagers. According to the united States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, Black students represent 16% of student enrollment while representing 27% of students referred to law enforcement and 31% of students subjected to a school-related arrest. In comparison, White students represent 51% of enrollment, 41% of students referred to law enforcement, and 39% of those arrested. This becomes the introduction for many Black students to law enforcement for which White females contribute by the submission of discipline referrals.

The only way that Frank Denton and the structural racism advocates can enhance the quality of life for Jacksonville Blacks is to eliminate classroom racism (Elcloomism) by promoting positive racial teacher student classroom relationships (Properateasclaships).

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Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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