Equality: The state of being equal, especially in status, rights, and opportunities.
Separate: Forming or viewed as a unit apart or by itself.
The controversy over the “separate but equal” condition of education is yet another effectual plan of the “hedgehogs” to maintain their profit margin by continuing a moot discussion over the hatred that is inherent in the system of education.
When the system of education was separated the population of educated “Negroes” began to grow. Negro schools were producing leaders in all of the Arts, Language, Math, Science, Social Studies, as well as the Fine Arts, Music, Dance, Drama, etcetera.
Negro owned and operated schools produced scholarly leaders that insisted Negroes be treated as Americans, entitled to the status, rights, and opportunities every other American receives.
When the system of education was separate it was equal.
The level of expectation for success was equal. The belief that all children were capable of learning and achieving was equal. The rate of educational success was becoming equal even though the conditions under which negro children had to learn was not.
Negroes fought for better schools and learning materials and what they received was entry into white owned and operated schools. Unfortunately, while the negro students moved the negro teachers did not and neither did the level of expectation or the belief in the ability of Negro children to learn and achieve.
White teachers were taught that Negro children were inferior to Whites and that attitude persists in education today. Black children are being taught to believe that they are not as intelligent as White children.
Separate and equal must exist in education if we believe, as a nation, every child is a unique gift with extraordinary talent.
We must separate ourselves from the ignorance that sees color and money as an obstacle to educational success.
Equality will exist when every child in America is afforded the rights and opportunities to learn in an environment that celebrates difference and respects individuality.
When we bring the separate units together we will achieve equality for all.
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