Essay On Racism In Society

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Schools are influenced by society. By observing schools in America, our society’s values are revealed. When schools are observed, it is evident that our society is racist. Racism is the belief that one race is inferior to the other. It can be expressed through blatant statements and actions, but more commonly expressed in our society by the way that minorities are affected. The word minority includes the races, ethnic groups and social classes that experience discrimination. In our society, minorities are oppressed in the educational system. They are not given equal opportunity, and their culture and experiences are deemed less important than the dominant culture. Therefore, they aren’t as likely to achieve the same success as White people. …show more content…
This inequality begins when children are old enough to enter preschool. Poor children, who are commonly minorities, do not have the opportunity to attend a preschool to help them get ahead of the curve. Consequently, they are not prepared to compete with other students that have had a few extra years of school. Children are then separated into different tracks according to their abilities (which is extremely unfair to the students that were not given extra instruction). Jeannie Oakes states in her article “Two Cities’ Tracking” that tracking “creates racially separate programs that provide minority children with restricted educational opportunities and outcomes” (Oakes, 1995: 682). The majority of the time minority students are put into lower tracks because they didn’t attend preschool. Being placed in a lower track affects them not only in school, but also in their …show more content…
And these stereotypes have a negative effect on people, which Claude Steel proves by distributing an academic test to black and White students (Steele, 1999: 47). Many people are afraid “of doing something that would inadvertently confirm that stereotype” (Steele, 1999: 46). This fear affects their performance in school, but it can also affect their performance in society. Knowing that there are people who have negative assumptions is horrible, and life can become a constant battle trying to prove them wrong. But trying to prove them wrong is a lot of pressure on a person, and it could negatively affect the way they perform and present

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