Pros And Cons Of African American Education

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African-Americans have been and continue to be treated as lower class citizens. The American culture has made little attempt to help African-Americans. Which has left the prejudices and racism discussed by Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird still present in law enforcement, the dismissal of African-American lives, and even in education. America has just woken up to the racism that is still present in law enforcement. In cities all across America, including San Francisco, where some racist cops have been exposed, police departments employ racist officers. Police officers have come to view blacks as more likely to commit crime, purely based off the color of their skin. Police officers in San Francisco engaged in texting racist messages …show more content…
SAT scores show a gap that has consistently remained between blacks and whites. On the SAT test, “white students scored an average of 1038… [whereas] black students [scored] 855” (Fallon 754). The public school system allows for segregation in education as African-Americans are given unequal schooling, shown by SAT scores. Once again, African-Americans are left to feel they are not relevant in society, as they do not get the same education as white students. With a lack of proper schooling, and low SAT schools, college admission becomes significantly harder for African-Americans. The gap shown in the SAT scores is partly due to the uneven distribution of resources. Schools, similar to the rest of America, “that are primarily populated by minority students receive less funding, fewer resources, and lower quality teaching” (Fallon 754). “White” schools are given more funding, which also contributes to the idea that blacks are not worth as much as whites. When compared to majority populated schools, African-Americans become severely disadvantaged later in life when trying to get a job or get into college, due to a lack of funding. When even schools seem to think that black lives are not as meaningful, African-American students see no real point in going to school, causing the dropout rate to rise. With this lack of care, African-American students are more likely to drop out or not graduate on time when compared to white students. After years of inadequate schooling, “over 8% of black students dropped out… [compared to] white students [who] had a dropout rate of 5%” (Fallon 754). Jobs that require only a high school diploma are declining, but over 8% of African-Americans are unable or will be unable to get even those jobs. White students have a 3% advantage in graduating high school, and even more of an advantage when it comes to getting into college. Black students also have a

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