You may want to sit down before you read this next sentence: Black people are often treated differently than white people. Wait, you already knew that? Well, that's probably because you're such a savvy, informed, and above all sexy reader of only the finest publications. But sometimes those publications focus only on the way adults are treated, while forgetting to look after the children. Yes, the reality of everyday life for black youth can get equally bizarre ...
A Lack Of Black Educators Leads To Worse Performance In Black Students
You've heard of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark 1954 Supreme Court case which determined that racially segregated schools were unconstitutional. Now, it didn't solve America's race problems overnight, but it was progress.
After public schools started integrating and the all-black schools closed, a third of black teachers lost their jobs. That's, uh ... less than ideal. Even today, only 18 percent of U.S. teachers are people of color, with only 7 percent identifying as black. This is a bigger deal than it sounds (and it sounds pretty big), since the race of a teacher often affects the fate of their students. One study found that when black and white teachers evaluated the same (black) student, white teachers were 40 percent less likely to believe that student would graduate from high school. Meanwhile, when low-income black students have at least one black teacher in their elementary school, it reduces the probability that they will drop out of high school by 29 percent. The results are even better for black male students from "persistently low income" families -- the dropout rate falls by 39 percent.
Then there's the "giftedness gap." 4 percent of white students and 6 percent of Asian students are in gifted programs, while only 2 percent of black students and 3 percent of Hispanic students make it in. Although there could be various socioeconomic reasons for this, researchers found that black children with black teachers were as likely to get into these programs as white children. In a nutshell, black children having black teachers makes them better, more successful students.
You mean Dangerous Minds was flawed?
Touchstone PicturesUh, more than we originally thought ...
You get the hell out, Science.
School Dress Codes Ban Any Reasonable Black Hairstyle
If we've learned anything from Broadway musicals -- and we haven't -- it's that hair is important. And black hair is especially important. It's been used against people as a tool of oppression, held up as a symbol of culture, or simply stuffed under a hat, depending. So what happens when black children come up against school dress codes instituted by white people?