Perspectives on Race

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Racism in Schools

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http://www.themercury.co.za/?fSectionId=&fArticleId=vn20090914120227885C797296

This article discusses the effects of racism in schools. In a South African school, a young boy hung himself so he wouldn’t have to return to school the next year. Now the school board has issued a warning that if there is any sign of racism by a teacher they will be fired immediately. Why did it take the death of a young boy to spur the school board into making this rule? Shouldn’t teachers just automatically not be racist in the classroom?

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Written by samhag

September 14, 2009 at 4:18 pm

Posted in Uncategorized

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  1. This is an interesting article. I would argue that everyone has prejudices against certain groups of people, but it is inexcusable to act upon those prejudices, especially in the classroom. I agree that if any teacher demonstrates just “a hint” of racism, they should be removed. Racist acts, or comments should not be tolerated, especially in an environment where people are particularly sensitive to words that may threaten their self-worth. As expressed in the article, schools are places where children are supposed to be taught respect and tolerance for others. This can only be accomplished if the teachers are demonstrating respect and tolerance for all of the students. Perhaps teachers need to be more exposed to the reality of how sensitive people, especially children, can be. Making a comment, even if it may seem insignificant to the teacher could be the difference between life and death, as indicated in this article.

    carlyeg

    September 14, 2009 at 5:09 pm

  2. I think it goes beyond a boy hanging himself. Prejudice is ubiquitous; it’s everywhere. It manifests differently at different times. When September 11 happened, there was a lot of bigotry expressed against anyone that was deemed Muslim in schools even if they weren’t like Indian Sikhs (a group of people in which males frequently don turbans). Although school authorities tried to buckle down on the matter, a lot of the hate seeped through the cracks. What I am trying to say is that you cannot feasibly combat all issues like this because bigotry is so pervasive.

    zsayed

    September 14, 2009 at 8:41 pm


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