Racism Throughout History
Throughout history there is factual evidence that shows how social prejudice of white people influenced scientist to create false theories about African Americans. During the reconstruction period there was “scientific theories” about African Americans cranial structure stating that it was similar to an apes. They also stated that there is conflict for existence between their brain growth and reproductive organ growth at puberty. Throughout history there is a theme of African Americans being see as intellectually inferior. I want to make a blog to express the awareness that this stereotype is still present in our culture today and its being impacted by certain sources of power in the government. African Americans in the states who are from low-income residential areas are suffering from having an unfair education system in their school board. Also, throughout history there has been a stigma towards their intellectual ability and President Donald Trump has made countless negative intellectual statements about African Americans, which impacts this stereotype on them to continue.
Low economic residential areas in the States receive poor education
I found data for African American students in 97 large cities. In 83 of those large cities the majority of students African Americans attended schools where most of the students they went to school with were from low- income households. Research shows that the location of the school determines the quality of education the students receive. You can check out links here that further explain what I am about to discuss.
A huge reason why many low-income neighbour hoods are mostly African Americans is because households are not just based on income. A person`s race and ethnicity comes into play, which is why there is segregation in many communities. A survey shows that white people do not desire to live in a neighbour hood where there is a large African American population. To see further research on segregation in neighbour hoods you can see this link
The quality of education a student receives is a huge factor of how they will succeed in school. The schools that are located in these low income areas in the states are hiring teachers that are less qualified and are also paying them less than a teacher located at a high/ middle income area would receive. Studies prove that under paid teachers are less effective in the way they teach. Not only that but, these schools are not being funded with good educational resources, physical maintenance and technology. This puts children and youth at an unfair advantage at succeeding in their academics. I strongly believe change needs to be made, and it starts in how the government and school boards distribute money for schools.
Donald Trumps Racist Comments Towards African Americans Intellectual ability
On twitter Donald Trump tweeted, “Congresswoman Maxine Waters, an extraordinarily low IQ person, has become, together with Nancy Pelosi, the Face of the Democrat Party”. He also said in an interview, “ I heard he was a terrible student, terrible. How does a bad student go to Columbia and then to Harvard?” Trump said in an interview with The Associated Press. “I’m thinking about it, I’m certainly looking into it. Let him show his records.” I have showed only two accounts of evidence, compared to numerous other occasions he directly attacked African Americans intellectual ability. Donald Trump has a very large platform and also is seen as someone who is very intellectual since he is the president of the United States. Therefore, he is allowing this stereotype of African Americans intellectual ability to continue and is embodying a stigma towards them. Race does not exist, it is created by people. Peoples assumptions and perceptions of other cultures is what divides us.
I strongly believe there needs to be more awareness of how African Americans are being labeled and stereotyped. There also needs to be change in how money is being distributed towards school boards in the states. Every child should have the right to good quality education in the states and there needs to be discussion on why these schools are not being funded and why so a large quantity of African Americans are living in these poor areas. I believe the first way to create change is to acknowledge that when African Americans are stereotyped for the intellectual ability it is a form of inequality and it places a label on them. The purpose of this blog was to create awareness to this topic so we can start to create change.