How can San Francisco Schools combat racism?

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In a recent article, a local effort to involve students in the elimination of racism in San Francisco Schools is taking on a familiar model. People must realize that the many efforts only continue to fuel the problem. San Francisco Schools can only combat racism by responding to central cause of racism which is the lack of positive racial relationships.

According to the article, Combating racism in San Francisco schools, the authors had embarked on a mission to help students learn the history of racism. The authors efforts are only fueling the problem through an exposure process that will result in continuous dysfunctional behavior.

The author solicited the help of two film makers from the Social Justice Agency, Silicon Valley and a sound track by DJ Smash to produce the film “Racial Facial”. The film includes 400 photos and videos with the intent of sparking a conversation amongst students.

According to the article, this strategy has worked for San Francisco Schools. After each screening, students are asked to respond to the film. “Students of color discussed feeling marginalized at times, and how their sense of social activism came from being treated differently. White students talked about negotiating bigotry in their own homes when their parents used racially charged language. One white student talked about supporting Black Lives Matter, while her mother felt very strongly that the movement was wrong.” The major problem with this approach is that it only exposes the problem but does not heal the problem.

We know that exposing the problem does not heal the problem. For example, a major part of the Donald Trump platform is to expose the racial feelings of many Americans. Recently Donald Trump cancelled a rally in Chicago. According to the New York Times article, with thousands of people packed into stands and music blaring to warm up the crowd, Donald J. Trump abruptly canceled his rally due to security concerns as protesters clashed with his supporters inside an arena where he was to speak. Exposing racism is not enough.

Additionally, exposing racism in San Francisco Schools does not work due to exposures of historical racism. Racism arose with the African salve trade in the 1500’s. In 1526, the Portuguese completed the first transatlantic slave voyage from Africa to the Americas, and other countries followed the same endeavor. The first Africans imported to the English colonies were classified as “indentured servants“, like workers coming from England, and also as “apprentices for life”. By the middle of the 17th century, slavery had hardened as a racial system. Black slaves and their offspring were legally the property of their owners, and children born to slave mothers were slaves. Since the slavery that lead to racism has been exposed, we can surmise that exposure is not the remedy.

The remedy is to promote positive racial relationships. The first evidence of the impact of positive racial relationships is when the Quakers were instrumental in freeing slaves. Quakers played a major role in the abolition movement against slavery in both the United Kingdom and in the United States of America. Quakers were some of the first Whites to condemn slavery in the American colonies and Europe, and the Society of Friends became the first organization to take a united stand against both slavery and the slave trade. Quakers were also involved in the Underground Railroad which lead to the freedom of many slaves.

There have always been Blacks and Whites who have banned together to develop positive relationships resulting in the diminishment of racism. Exposure will never be enough because if it were so, racism would not longer exist. San Francisco Schools must move students and staff members to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationship in order to completely diminish and combat racism.

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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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