Racism is not as common as it once was in public schools. Compared to the 1960’s, the rate of discrimination because of skin color has decreased. However, that doesn’t mean that it has disappeared completely. Racism is not supported and it must come to a stop.
Racism can come in many different forms, from different types of sources. In person, online, from adults, to peers; discrimination is a stranger to no one. According to data from the US Department of Education, the rate of expulsion for black kids was three times that of white kids in 2014. The word “bullying” may not be the exact word that comes to mind when you hear this data, but racism and discrimination definitely fall under the category of bullying. Bullying is common in public schools, but bullying because of race is not typically the most common reason why. One can feel the need to bully someone because of jealousy, insecurities, and taught behavior.
There are situations where not only students, but teachers as well are getting discriminated against because of their skin color. In 2015, a poll was conducted to see how teachers of different color felt. 62% reported back that they feel treated differently compared to the common white teacher.
Some people of color in public schools classify as BAME, (black, asian, minority ethnic). Hispanics, Latinos, and Mexicans are all considered minorities, as in the “ME” in BAME, and are referred to as “beaners”. Today’s generation has its own nicknames or references for many races. White people are considered ”crackers”, black people are “negros” or sometimes the well-known n-word. When one is getting teased, it is expected that race is brought into the situation because we casually use the words. The words have meaning and are harmful to some.
In order to prevent racism in the future, it is necessary that we take action immediately. The most logical solution to the racism issue is to encourage diversity. It is okay to be different. Don’t let your kids be ashamed of the color of their skin. We can avoid all future bullying and racism by initially trying to ignore racist comments. We need to listen to each other, what good is ignoring it if it continuously happens. Some people feel better when they express how they feel. Support groups would be a help to the situation. It gives a safe place to talk when one most needs it.