This nation has been searing with the flames of racism and police brutality to a great extent. The burns from these flames have also been on exhibit front and center for the entire globe to see.
Parents and teachers have a particularly difficult task to undertake when they are trying to interpret the reality of America’s racially oppressive society to our nation’s children. These troublesome and deadly inequalities cannot be hidden in a world of viral cell phone videos and constant media blasting.
However, it is considered politically incorrect for the classroom to be a forum for children to hear lectures from their teachers about the harsh realities of what can happen between black people and law enforcement. How do you explain the scenario of a routine traffic stop becoming a racially motivated execution?
The Washington Post published an interesting article about this issue on Tuesday (July 12). It was co-written by an English teacher named Trakela Small. The message in this news editorial was powerful. It explained the dire need for educators to teach children about the uneasy topics of racism and police brutality.
“School leadership, no matter the ethnic makeup, must be fearless in how it navigates racial and social climates,” Small wrote.
Here are a few reasons why schools won’t talk about these ubiquitous issues. First of all, it has been already revealed by the federal government that today’s public schools are merely incubators, which prepare black and Hispanic children for the prison system.
Sounds like a stinging indictment, right? However, such an indictment against the school system is valid when you look at the fact that many states are spending more money on prisons than they are on educating children. So it makes sense to say that being honest with minority children about the injustice that awaits them is not in the best interest of the power structure.
Another reason why schools don’t want to talk about these issues is because discussing them creates awareness in the minds of our future leaders. The truth is that the power structure doesn’t want future minority leaders advocating for societal change. If you follow the money, you’ll see that they want these future leaders in prison, not in college.