On February 10th, Monroe Community College will present Tim Wise, author of “White Like Me”, which is, as the back cover of the book states, “A personal examination of the way in which racial privilege shapes the daily lives of white America and in every realm; employment, education, housing, criminal justice , and elsewhere.”
Wise exposes to “white” people what “black” people have always known, that our American society is racist. Wise proffers that the attitude of supremacy is just as destructive to “whites” as it has been for “blacks”.
Education for “blacks” in America is not an issue of testing, data mining, teacher evaluation, or union busting. For “blacks” in America the decades long failure to properly educate “blacks” and provide for them the same education that affluent “whites’ receive has been overlooked to such an extent that the same damaging system of education that has failed poor, urban, “blacks” is now showing its presence in the system designed for “white” America.
“White” America does not hesitate to point out that our current system of education is not failing every child so it must not be all bad. However, the fact that Tim Wise is a popular anti-racist speaker and is exposing, in 2015, “white” supremacist’s attitudes in “employment, education, housing, criminal justice , and elsewhere” speaks volumes to the necessity for changing our current system of education and the language of the Federal, State, and Local government concerning education.
Our current system of education is failing every child in America when “white” Americans do not recognize that the disparities that exist between the citizens of this Nation are caused by the elitists that economically enslave all of us to profit from our lack of unity.
When we change our current system of education so that it focuses on providing EVERY child in America with a free and public education that concentrates on discovering, developing, and directing their gifts and talents toward becoming a knowledgeable and engaged citizen of these United States, we will see an end to the “white” supremacist control of our country.
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