Apartheid: Policy of racial segregation and political and economic discrimination against non-European groups.
The Huffington Post reports, “The nation’s most segregated schools aren’t in the deep south — they’re in New York, according to a report released Tuesday by the University of California, Los Angeles’ Civil Rights Project.”
Last night at the Flying Squirrel, a community meeting place, before approximately thirty people, Yusef Shakur spoke of the racial inequities that exist across the country. He spoke of the effects of “white” privilege and “black” complacency. He spoke of the necessity to see and understand that as Americans we must work together to eradicate the injustices that plague our current system of government control of the people.
Both Yusef Shakur and Tim Wise are dedicated social advocates, raising the consciousness of the public to effect change.
Both have been to jail, both have written books on the subject of institutional racism, both tour the country speaking out, both have been doing so for many years.
Tim Wise will speak before a packed college auditorium and most likely will have been paid a stipend and travel expenses to do so while at the end of the Shakur conversation the hat was passed.
Many reason can be cited for the disparity between the paths both social advocates walk and the public, at every level must be informed, however, the glaring reality is that apartheid exists in America and is perpetuated in the language of our current system of education.
Our children are being educated to believe that being a certain color makes you better than others. Our children are being educated to believe that having more money than someone else makes you better than they. Our children are being educated to believe that how you make money is more important than who you choose to be as a human being.
The only way to end apartheid in America is to change our current system of education so that it concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing the gifts and talents of ALL children towards becoming knowledgeable, involved citizens.
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