Racism in Our Colleges

Essay by Anonymous UserHigh School, 12th gradeA+, December 1996

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Shows the amount of racism in educational facilities all through the years. -

Racism has been a steady problem all through time. One of the most troublesome

areas of racism is in places of education. Finding a cure for this would be a major step

towards ending racism in general. No one has ever thought of a solution yet, and racism

will be strong as long as there isn't one.

It all started back when the colonists traded certain goods for slaves. They had

never seen a black person before and thought of them as lower human beings because they

did all of the colonists' work for them. Since blacks were so low, they were never given a

good education.

This lack of education continued throughout the centuries. Even in the 1700's

slaves were never taught how to read or write. In the 1800's everyone's feelings about

slavery, good or bad, culminated in one big war, the American Civil War.

During this

period, the slaves really tried to break free from their past stereotypes. A small percentage

of them taught themselves to read and write and they began to teach others.

Some blacks even fought in the Civil War. The most educated were selected and

several black units were formed. Once the North had defeated the South in the war, the

slaves were freed from bondage, however, that did not mean that they would be free from

the terrible prejudice that still permeated the country.

Schools sprang up in all black areas but were not given the public funding that they

needed and deserved. They were usually only one room and very dirty. They were given

the oldest and most worn out books and equipment that were available. There weren't even

many teachers who were qualified and were willing to...