This weeks “readings” were very interesting. Before I used to think that Events like Obama becoming the first African American president and the court cases like Brown vs. Board of education, were event that marked history as victories towards the end of social injustices against people of color. However I do shared the same opinion of Time wise and Bob Herbert, when they say that denying the power of these events is unfair, because there were in fact very important, but there is a lot of work to be done. Tim wise and argues that we are nowhere near of a post racial America.
Herbert argues that even though it had been over half of a century of the court ruling on Brown vs. Board of education where the court made illegal for school to be segregated. We still witnessing segregation within schools maybe they aren’t as obvious as it was in the 50’s and 60’s but they are as unfair and injustice as they were back then. Because school places student according to where they reside which means is if a child lives in a poor neighborhood, that child is going to be going to school in a poor school. I would like to connect what Herbert says about school segregation to what we learned in the article amazing grace by Jonathan Kozol, because he talks about how the culture of power keeps people in their place and makes it extremely difficult for them to get out of poverty. Which I think that is what, the school system is doing with students, keeping poor children in poor schools and wealthy children in wealthy school.
Point to share;
I would like to say that I agree with both authors when they say that even though a lot of things had happened in favor of people of color and minority in general, the fight is not over “If we don't figure out a way to create equity, real equity, of opportunity and access, to good schools, housing, health care, and decent paying jobs, we're not going to survive as a productive and healthy society”. Tim Wise