According to the article “Wake Co. minority students disproportionately affected by suspensions, group says“, many are protesting in Cary, North Carolina because they are outraged with the number of people who are being suspended in the Wake County school system.
What makes them even more outraged is that most of the students that are being suspended are minority students.
Though that suspension rate has declined over the years, the minority students that are being suspended has increased.
A part of the article that really stood out to me was the quote from Alejandra Mendez that said “There are so many cops at school and not enough counselors to reach out for help. Do you actually want to educate us, or do you want to put us in prison?”
Counselors should be made available for students who feel unsafe in a time where a life can be taken from you at the drop of a dime for looking a certain way and for wearing a hoodie.
This quote really hit home because over the weekend was the Million Man March in Washington D.C.
The purpose of the original Million Man March in the 90’s was to create a voice for all people of different minorities and to march together in unity to be heard.
But I guess their voices weren’t loud enough because it is absolutely devastating how almost twenty years later, a young woman of a different minority can feel so unsafe in a place that she should be able to feel safe in.
This “poverty-to-prison pipeline” should be non-existent. Teaching the youth that they will more than likely be suspended not only based on what they did that was wrong, but also the color of their skin or their ethnicity is wrong.
Even though these students are not being told that they are a “threat to society”
verbally, they can tell by the actions of others that go on in their everyday life.
The students and activists in Wake Co. are marching and fighting for a purpose that is deeper than just North Carolina and deeper than just states in the south.
It’s a worldwide issue that needs attention.