Still Separate Essay

1177 words - 5 pages



Unspoken but yet so clear. Racial segregation/separatism is stronger than ever before.
According to Johnathan Kozals article "Still separate, still unequal"; segregation still exists in most schools across America.

The main reason we know this to be true, is that it’s been recorded percentages of how many white students attend schools with others of minority backgrounds, in inner-cities schools in the U.S., and the averages are extremely low. Even in areas as what we call diverse communities, white parents feel as if their children are at too high of levels to be educated with other's, of different cultural characteristics.

For instance, Kozal visited a neighborhood in Seattle, Washington, and learned that over half of that community was Caucasian, and was in the same district of Thurgood Marshall elementary school. This elementary school was a school very diverse with many ethnicities, but instead these Parents bussed their children to schools that were predominantly white. A teacher stated to Kozal that she would see clusters of white parents, walking their kids to the bus stop, which was about a block from the school.

Many may argue, that school segregation is not in existence anymore, but that would be totally false. Many Americans who lives a distance, from major cities haven’t a clue, as to what’s really happening in urban schools in America. These people don’t know that segregation still exist.
However it can be clearly understood why some people would feel this way. Basing beliefs on the visual aspects of what the media portrays to the viewers. Media write’s about, or shows many different images of professionals people that originally come from poor minority backgrounds. Some of these faces are CEO’S, doctor’s, lawyer’s, educator’s, government official’s, including a black president, painting them to be some of the most high-end faces of America today.

But if one would truly dig beneath the surface, to find out what’s really happening in todays society, that person would know it all to be different. They’ll actually find that segregation still exist in America. This documented, and proven information is found in court documents, known protest, and verbal statements which are mentioned in Kozals Article. These cases make headlines, but then after a short time swept under a rug.

A high school student from Harlem, which Kozal spoke to, naming her Isabel, expressed herself, of not feeling valued in America, stating, "it's more like being hidden." Like being put in a garage, along with the rest of the unwanted things.” Many minority students feel this way, especially when their knowledgeable of better treatment, of other children, especially being of the white race, are given opportunity fed to them on a silver platter.

An eight-year-old girl wrote to Kozal, saying, "We do not have the things you have." You have clean things. We do not have. You have a clean bathroom. We do not have that. You've...

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