Racism me a 7 in the morning” (Anderson,

Racism
limited the educational opportunities for minorities along with housing and
jobs. Racism tends to be a huge factor in the way minorities perform in school.
African Americans that walk to school must face the possibility of being
harassed by a police officer and some have to walk through metal detectors in
order to step foot in school. In the article How the Stress of Racism Affects Learning, Melinda Anderson,
explains the struggles Zion Agostini faces every day as a black male. For
example, Anderson states, “Me being a black male, I’m more likely to be stopped
and frisked by a cop. Then I’m going to school with more cops… messing
with me a 7 in the morning” (Anderson, Melinda). Later, in this article, Zion
explains how his tardiness puts him behind in his classes because in addition
to him being stopped, he must go through metal detectors which in turn slows
the process. Another issue that affects minorities education is the limited
opportunities offered due to school’s systems not having a wide range of
programs to help them succeed. In the novel The
children In Room E4, Susan Eaton explains how Weaver High School as a
whole, performed poorly in math and science statewide test, which resulted in
only a small percentage of students from Weaver High School reaching the states’
goal. The odds were against Jeremy, a Puerto Rican kid from Hartford, North
Carolina that had a lot of potential, but his chances of going to college were
slim. Since Weaver High School did not offer a rigorous curriculum, Jeremy
would not have the proper preparation for college (Eaton, 2007). Unfortunately,
many minorities currently face these odds daily because of the lack of
resources available to schools that are in poorer communities. In addition,
many families today, face similar issues regarding lack of educational opportunities
due to district polices that prevents their kids from attending better quality schools
in other districts.

            A disagreement that was significant to me has to be the
discussion we had in class about kneeling during the Pledge of Allegiance. A
classmate did a news share about a 6-year-old boy being silenced by his teacher
for kneeling during the National Anthem. In this article, the teacher wrote a
letter to the parents of the young boy explaining how the class is learning
about what it means to be a “good citizen”. The author Jeffery Solochek
explained the teacher’s opinion about her statement about being a good citizen.  Solochek states, “That means respecting the
United States of America and our country symbols and showing loyalty and patriotism”,
the teacher wrote, “and that we stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.” (Solochek,
Jeffery) The mother of the young boy felt that the letter was stripping away
her sons right to speak up and in turn he may feel that his words or actions
will get him in trouble. This topic is sensitive to a lot of people because
some see it as disrespecting our military, while other see it as African
Americans standing up to the injustice we face daily. I also think its pitiful
that the same people arguing that kneeling during the National Anthem is disrespectful
to our military when those vary people do nothing to help them find steady jobs
or shelter.

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