In a recent article, an author presupposes that large-scale media reporting or violence can eliminate the structural racism. Providing information only will only scratch the surface of the problem. Structural racism elimination will require determining the point of inflection that will provide the most impact for accomplishing the transition.
According to the article, Martin Luther King used the media and violence to get voting rights for Blacks. King would pre-announce the demonstration routes to television reporters. The reporters televised state troopers beating peaceful demonstrators which prompted President Lyndon Johnson to submit the voting rights bill to congress.
The author believes the Smartphone will provide the same opportunities. In the recent arrest of Freddie Gray, a Smartphone was used to televise the brutal arrest of this Baltimore citizen. Since there is not way to control the usage of the device to publicize related events it is thought to become a useful tool for eliminating structural racism.
What is the most effective way to eliminate structural racism?
Structural racism is a term that describes the way government and other public and private institutions systematically afford White people an array of social, political and economic advantages, simply because they are White, while marginalizing and putting at a disadvantage African Americans and many other people of color.
Structural racism begins in schools which is the inflection point. Each and every person, no matter what side of the fence that you are on must become educated. It does not matter whether the school is public or private, the educational institution become the primary vehicle that sets the stage for future structural racism.
In differential calculus, an inflection point is a point on a curve at which the curve changes from being concave (concave downward) to convex (concave upward), or vice versa. In a business or company, the inflection point is where you would get the most dramatic change. It is an event that changes the way that the organization thinks and therefore producing dramatic results.
Distrust between schools and Blacks results from hostile treatment of Blacks and discrimination in schools. Employment discrimination is the primary source of Black student opposition to schooling. Schools have a proven track record for under-preparing student to become successfully employed in all areas. Schools encompass cultural expectations that present challenges for Black students. Schools and Black student conflict result from expectation differences. School leaders must stop operating on the assumption that all school related problems rest with the Black children and take responsibility for the cultural opposition presented to Black students. Many school social codes are unfamiliar and opposed to culturally diverse student home codes. Blacks have difficulty with school instructional concepts and ideas that are absent in their community, culture, or economic environment that ignore or misrepresent their present condition. School instructional procedures include cultural values, orientations, and perceptions that differ from those of Black students. Most elementary and secondary school curriculum focus on white middle-class children. Public schools continue to have culturally based philosophies and curricula that focus on White European and Judeo-Christian values. Instructional materials and instructors who work well for European students do not necessarily work well for culturally diverse students, and to believe that they do is to assume Black, Latino, American Indian, Asian, Arab and African immigrants, and European-origin students have identical personal, social, cultural, historical, and family traits. School instructional procedures include cultural values, perceptions, and orientations that differ from those of Black students.
The only way to eliminate structural racism is to attack it at its inflection point. If using the media was the inflection point, then racism would have been eliminated. The inflection point is the education system. The best way to eliminate structural racism without the effects associated with the characteristics of a dysfunctional organization is to promote positive racial teacher student classroom relationships.
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
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