Racism In American Life Podcast

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The socioeconomic divide exists to this day. In the American Life Podcast, the school Michael Brown went to at Normandy, one of the poorest cities in Missouri, has a large population of lower-income Black people. In January of 2013, Normandy lost its accreditation from the state due to its lack of graduating students and school organization. Therefore, Missouri made a transfer law that gave the students permission to transfer to a nearby accredited school for free but Normandy only provided one transportation to the school, which was in a “white” neighborhood. In the American Life Podcast, Nikole Hannah Jones, an investigative reporter states: “Normandy officials chose a district called Francis Howell. Francis Howell was 85% white. It 's across a river in another county, roughly 30 miles away from Normandy” (Podcast). A better district in Missouri was just a few miles away from Normandy, it would have been better for the students to go there for the bus. However, the school did not offer transportation from there (Podcast). They made transportation difficult for the Black students so that they would not be able to go to the “White” school. While the Black students were not explicitly forbidden from attending the school in the …show more content…
Institutional racism is a system of inequality based on race. It mostly takes place in schools, courts, governmental organizations, etc. and links to socioeconomic racism. As in the case of Normandy, people in the government have a way of keeping schools segregated according to race, environment and income. Because Black people are prevented from getting a better education and growing up in less harmful environments at a small age, they continue to be trapped in societies with many social problems as adults. In turn, they have trouble providing these things for their children and the race as a whole more difficulty in raising their social status, education levels, and

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