Racism In Jonathan Kazol's The Shame Of The Nation

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Society has been defined by color and race for many generations. From the Reconstruction Era to present day, there is still segregation and racism occurring in the world. These terms of how we describe ourselves often defines us as the minority or majority and plays a major expectation of what is expected of us.
In the book, The Shame of the Nation, Jonathan Kozol, a schoolteacher takes a job in Boston to teach. In his encounter, he notices that majority of the segregated schools are in run-down conditions and many kids have just given up on education and gone rebellious against society. He notes that, “Some of the kids seemed to have accepted these conditions or, at least, did not appear to feel they had the right to question.” In a world
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Kozol states, “Many of these kids that misbehaved were taken to the basement of the school, where whippings were administer.” Instead of finding ways to fix the school, we should start with nurturing the kids with motivation, and teaching the proper ways of giving respect to the people around them. As we read along, we see kids writing to Kazol asking, “You have…we do not have.” The children wonder what makes the other kids so special that they don’t deserve the same things. Kazol claims, “In a social order where it seems a fairly common matter to believe that what we spend to purchase almost anything we need bears some connection to the worth of what we get.” Kids are an investment and apparently blacks should deserve the same rights …show more content…
She differentiates the separation of blue eye kids and brown eye kids through the uses of a handkerchief and gives a certain group of privileges to those that are considered superior. Throughout the week, the kids turn against each other and fight one another because they had certain rights that the other kids didn’t have. At the end of the experiment, the kids learned that being separated and turned against was not an easy way to live. Elliot compares the analogy of the Indians and claims that you don’t actually know what it feels like to be in one of them till you walked in their moccasins. She strongly believed that if her kids were not exposed to this way of living, they were going to grow up the same way everyone else was and continued the cycle of discrimination. As we move forward 14 years in the film, we hear that many of the kids that grew up explains why they acted the way they did because they had the ambition. Many felt demoralized and powerless that they turned to resent Elliot for their separation. They soon came to learn that it could definitely happen outside the classroom. A possible solution to limit segregation and racism is to expose kids to these problems. Growing up without knowing what’s actually occurring can inhibit a child’s growth and leave them powerless to face reality when they’re all grown up. I believe all schools should

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