What is the primary reason why racism in America continues to prevail?

Racism in US

In a recent article, Washington Post author Colbert King attempts to ascertain the reason that racism in America continues to plague our nation. The author’s primary focus is the systems that lead to racism without dissecting the solution to the problem. It is a though the author’s only intention is to continue to fuel the problem for entertainment purposes. Racism in America can only prevail with an institutionalized support mechanism. According to the article, continued racism in America is evidenced by the recurring racism in colleges, the inability of the United States to appropriately respond to the causes, and extremist such as Dylann Roof, assassinators of past civil rights leaders, and the continued harassment of Blacks from the Ku Klux Klan. The author pins the problem on racial prejudice.

What is racial prejudice that continues to fuel racism in America?

According to Dictionary Definition : Vocabulary.com, A racial prejudice is a negative attitude towards a group of people based on race — not on direct knowledge or experience. If you prejudice someone, you cause them to have a negative attitude towards someone else.

Where does the attitude of racial prejudice that continues to fuel racism in America originate?

Children develop racial attitudes as young as the age of two. They become aware of differences in the ways that people look as well as gender differences. They continue those pattern by becoming curious about differences in physical characteristics such as skin color, hair color and texture, and eye shape. As children enter in the age of three they seek explanations regarding physical differences. They become more aware of their differences and seek advice on how to classify those differences. As they progress to the age required to enter school they identify themselves with the ethnic group that they belong. They continue by comparing and contrasting racial differences and become more aware of any family traditions and history associated with differences in their race. The attitude for racism originates from family responses to the external explorations of children.

How does education continue to validate the racism in America?

For the Black child, the racial attitudes taught by parents are supported by the actions of White teachers. Since Indians, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Blacks share the experience of being forced into slavery or indentured servitude they are forced to teach their children to be wary of people and the systems in their environment.

This train of thought becomes supported by the actions of White teachers who compose the majority of the teaching and educational force in America. According to the United States Department of Education Office of Civil Rights, Black children represent 18% of preschool enrollment, while representing 48% of preschool children receiving more than one out-of school suspension. Alternatively, White students represent 43% of preschool enrollment but only 26% of preschool children receiving more than one out of school suspension.

This pattern of racism in America supports the racial development of White students. As White students attend the primary grades the superiority of their race becomes evident because the majority of their teachers are White and particularly White female as well as their behavior towards Black children.

Teachers discriminate against students by stereotyping according to ethnicity. White teachers may have difficulty in understanding minorities due to the teachers’ rejection of the students’ lifestyles. Schools have a bias against students who do not share the same characteristics as White, female, middle-class teachers. Teachers are more likely to have negative academic and behavioral expectations regarding Black students when compared to expectations of White students. White teachers have more negative attitudes toward Black children and rate Black students more negatively when compared to White students.

The primary reason that racism in America continues to prevail is due to White teachers becoming the support mechanism for the racial attitudes that White children learn and develop.

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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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