While it is an attempt to appeal to wary English teachers, the replacement of the word supplants its value altogether. In an interview mediated by Byron Pitts, several students and African-Americans asserts their opinion of the word itself and if it offends the ethnic group it refers to. During the interview, students claim that Twain had purposely and frequently inserted the word to draw attention.Yet an African-American student finds the constant use of the word is unnecessary; he believes it generates discomfort as mentioning “a history no one wants to relive.” In addition, a teacher reports that the word is not given power neither because of its use or omission, “it [comes] into the classroom with that power.” Even from a literary standpoint, most people find this term unacceptable and this conflict and commotion is exactly what professor David Bradley refers to a “teaching moment.” Pitts, later in the interview, continues with professor Bradley to discuss the so-called sanitized version of Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Bradley adamantly opposes this, he reasons that this novel may be students’ first encounter with slavery and the term cannot be replaced by "slave". Slavery is conditional and could be escaped
But even with this new awareness, there are still black and white students who think that the fight is over. That it won’t get better than it already has so why keep trying. It makes me really question how we can break this cycle. I wonder if we could get parents to start teaching their children tolerance, acceptance and equality from birth, how different the world would look
The Supreme Court ruled in their favor stating, "segregation of white and colored children in public schools has a detrimental effect upon the colored children. The impact is greater when it has the sanction of the law; for the policy of separating the races is usually interpreted as denoting the inferiority of the Negro group." However this decision did not suppress the racist ideals of Americans but in fact worsened them. In deep southern states, massive resistance against the new law erupted in protests, riots, and racial violence against the strive for equality. Some public schools even closed their doors rather than integrate and even reacted with
The appropriateness of Huck Finn being used in a High School curriculum has been a widely debated topic since the time that it was published. Many believe that the book promotes racism and stereotypes and provides no value to students in the classroom. Being a High School student that has read this book, I strongly disagree with these negative views. Some might say that Huck Finn celebrates racist stereotypes because of the way that many of the characters in the book talk about and treat black people. For example, minstrel episodes, which served the purpose of making the audience laugh at minorities’ expense, and the frequent use of the ‘N’ word, are very offensive to many people today.
After gaining a better knowledge of Chican@/Mexican-American individuals, it is clear there is a lack of understanding towards these unique cultures and narratives in exchange for assimilating students into a larger American culture. While some students, like Mora, are able to balance both their heritage and finding success in their education endeavors, many students either fail to achieve high success or drop their culture in exchange for not only the more dominant culture, but also higher levels of success and understanding of course material. Mora admits he is a unique outlier if one was to look at Chican@/Mexican-Americans as a whole. Not only did Mora have the opportunity to attend a successful high school, but he grew up in a middle-class household with parents who found moderate success in the business world. Mora says he has Mexican-American friend whose families have gone through extensive struggles just to live in America, with one friend having crossed the Rio Grande at the age of six years old.
Even though the media displayed false information about the 1957 integration of Little Rock Central High School it changed peoples views on segregation. In A Mighty Long Way Little Rock, Arkansas nine African American students wanted to go to a well educated high school but they do not understand why so many people are angered that they are just getting a better education. During the integration of Little Rock Central High School in 1957, the media illuminated certain events and painted an inaccurate or incomplete picture of other events. The media illuminates many important events that show how racist white people are treating black people and showing people in the North who are against segregation and support integration. The media is illuminating racial relations in the South and they are showing how people in the North are being treated.
Reading Reflection Paper #1 The intersection of race, family, war torn experience and cultural diversity have played a crucial role in shaping many Hmong Americans and their acculturation to American society. With the racial tension that has long grouped Hmong students as part of the American model minority stereotypes, this has hampered Hmong students’ success in K-12 schools, and it is long overdue for academic discourse in order to propel Hmong students’ educational success into new heights. It is no longer acceptable for school district to accept the model minority stereotypes and ignore the fact that Hmong students has long struggled and underserved in public schools. Her and Louise Buley-Meissner (2012) articulated the complexity
The influx of these populations especially impacted our school systems that now had many students that needed help learning English. In places like Los Angles the solution was to put them into special schools to help them get more attention to learn English. The Hispanic community became in an uproar about this because the school system was segregating their kids, which was a violation of the 14th Amendment. In Delgado vs. Bastrop Independent School District, it was ruled that the schools could not separate the Hispanic children unless a scientific test in first grade ruled that they need English instruction (Spring, 399). Although they liked the end of segregation, schools still could separate based on the English tests so many
Why does America send the people who try to spread the truth about segregation and its evil doings to jail? Segregation needs to end, because it results in unequal education, destroys the morals America was first built upon, and slows down its own progression as a country. Segregation amongst schools results in half of the country’s children not having proper education. Segregated schools are not fair, because one group will always get more attention or funding than
A trans man named Chaz Bono once said “When I realized I was transgender I was so afraid of what my transition would do to everyone else in my life and how they would react to it and would I be rejected” (Hernandez, 2014). This quote is a perfect way to show to the world how trans men and women feel due to institutions making them believe they should not be who they are. In this paper, we will go over how the textbook theorizes institutional discrimination and violence, how Saffin showcases discrimination and violence against trans people of color as both intersectional and institutional, and explain how institutional discrimination and violence are showcased in education. The textbook states that discrimination is “maintained through complex sets of social institutions that interacts with, structure and influences individuals beliefs and prejudices” (DeFrancisco & Palczewski, 2014, p. 133). Another way to think about discrimination is that it is made into a norm in society due to institutions such as family, education, religion, etc.