A group of social justice experts working for the United Nations (UN) have determined that America’s schools are the some of the biggest breeding grounds for discrimination against black children.
According to a preliminary report by the U.N.’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent, school-aged black youths deal with disproportionately unfair circumstances across the board in America’s school systems. This group of U.N. expert researchers spent all of last month traveling the country analyzing a variety of different public school systems in a number of U.S. cities.
The U.N.’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent will release a full report on their research next month. The overall findings of the group’s preliminary report confirm the obvious disparities that black children face in America’s broken public school system.
The U.N.’s group of experts observed the repercussions of a number of adverse issues, such as police brutality, rampant school closures in black neighborhoods, and poor curriculum. “[The curriculum in American schools] fails to adequately address the root causes of racial inequality and injustice,” the group said in a statement.
“Consequently, this contributes to the structural invisibility of African-Americans,” the statement went on to read.
When a global organization like the U.N. is exposing the rampant institutionalized racism going on in the so-called “greatest nation in the world,” it sends a strong message that is indicative of a big problem. The U.N. also held a special panel on school discrimination where black students were given the opportunity to testify.
A portion of U.N.’s Working Group of Experts on People of African Descent’s statement to media, which sums up the group’s preliminary report reads as follows:
We were informed that across the country there are police in the schools arresting children for minor offences. The police have authority to detain, frisk and arrest children in school. Zero tolerance policies and heavy-handed efforts to increase security in schools have led to excessive penalization and harassment of African American children through racial profiling. African American children are more likely to face harsh disciplinary measures than White children. This phenomenon has been sadly described as “the school to prison pipeline.” (OHCHR.org)