How can schools eliminate the perception of racism against Black females?

Racism Against Black Girls

A recent article highlights the atrocities associated with racism against school aged Black females. Black females are not at the bottom of the Raccelerate Phenomenon as are Black males. Schools can avoid the perception of racism against Black females by developing strategies that neutralize the hidden factors that lead to excessive discipline.

According to the article, How Black Girls Are Locked Put of America’s Schools, author Monique Morris surmises that racism against Black females is a microcosms of the American society that we live. Morris believes that the root of this type of oppression reflects the “norms of society.”

Morris is on tract to outline how zero tolerance policies have produced a racism in schools that is unparalleled. For example, from 1973 to 2010 the quantity of secondary Black students exceeded 40% of the student population. Even though Black males are more likely to be suspended from school, the article highlights that Black females are six times more likely to be suspended from school when compared to White females. Specifically, New York City expelled 53 Black females with no suspensions for White females in 2012. Furthermore, Black females represent 16 percent of the females population as well as representing almost 50% of all girls with school-related arrest.

The problem is well stated but only scratched the problem solving surface. The reality is that schools are predominately controlled by the values of Whites. The majority of the teaching staff is White female while the majority administrative staff is White male. Due to the historical nature of the development of schools, it is these values that continue to dominate and continue to fuel racism against Black females.

What are some of the hidden factors that continue to contribute to racism against Black females?

One of the major hidden factors that contribute to racism against Black females is the differences in nonverbal and verbal behavior. For example, Blacks not only debate the idea, they also debate the person while Whites debate the idea rather than the person debating the idea. Blacks will often probe beyond a statement given to them to find out the person’s perspective in order to clarify the meaning and value of a particular behavior or attitude associated with the statement. In the classroom this behavior can led to discipline recommendations for the students due to White teachers feeling that the student has inappropriately offended or attacked them.

Also, Black students contrast White middle-class communication when they speak over others’ voices and repeat the communication until they are responded to or until they have someone’s attention. Spontaneity behavior during a conversation is an acceptable component of Black communication, even though Whites perceive interrupting another speaker in conversation as rude. For Blacks, the speaker and audience are often interchangeable as Blacks listen and will often respond to a speaker. While Black communities accept the approach that their children use by interrupting others or speaking out of turn, it is considered an unacceptable school practice, and teachers view this behavior as disruptive and inappropriate which often leads to a disciplinary consequence for the Black female students. Black students understand the classroom power structure and use these verbal techniques to discover a teacher’s strengths and weaknesses in order to evaluate a teacher’s racial attitudes and locate teachers’ breaking points.

In an effort to protect themselves and maintain the classroom power structure, many White teachers will respond to Black female students with sarcasm. Sarcasm can damage teacher-student relationships. Children believe sarcastic messages are negative. While teachers may use sarcasm and ridicule as a corrective mechanism, the long-term consequence of diminished esteem in the eyes of Black female students may make the immediate gains in terms of behavioral correction not worth using sarcasm.

Teachers will have a greater impact on Black female students by using praise. Praise can be used to engage students in the learning process. Verbal encouragement by teachers increases student participation and desired behavior. Praise is an effective reinforcement that provides encouragement to students and is a reinforcement for behavior performance improvement. Praise is an effective reinforcement that helps to build self-esteem in students such as Black females.

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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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