It’s Becoming All Too Familiar

In the wake of all the racial tension that is going on in society today, you would think that the one place you could go would be school and trust that you would be treated equally, right? Wrong.rally-against-suspenions

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 March_on_Washington_for_Jobs_and_Freedom,_Martin_Luther_King,_Jr._and_Joachim_Prinz_1963Washington 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”

Empty prison cell
Empty prison cell

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.

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We Shall Overcome

Morehouse College Graduation
Morehouse College Graduation

Stereotypes are a tough topic to some people. Being a minority student in America, one may experience being stereotyped a few times in their lifetime.

In the article, “Why Are Schools Swift to ‘Label’ Minority Students?” by Dina Tuff, she talks about how students with learning disabilities are often thought of as troublemakers.

The media doesn’t help with these stereotypes because fights and criminal acts are often posted in these media outlets and make children of different minorities look bad because it puts them in a stereotype that not ALL apply to.

The school system cannot label students based on their minority and assume that they are a specific minority, they are trouble makers.black-power

One of the reasons some children are afraid to grow is because they are constantly being told who and what they are supposed to be instead of being given the tools needed in order for them to explore who they want to be on their own.

These labels that are being created not only hurt the youth, but they hurt society.

In an article entitled “Beyond the Stereotypical Image of Young Men of Color“, one of the quotes that stood out to me was “Young men of color often feel the  burning glare of misconception early on in school, where teachers are more likely to perceive their actions as disrespectful or defiant.”

I thought it was interesting because kids go to school to learn and be educated, but it’s so hard to be educated in a system that sees you as a criminal or a thug based on how you look.

There are so many African-American figures such as Malcolm X and Martin Luther King Jr. who fought hard for equality

everywhere, yet, now, in the 2015, the youth are still struggling in a same fight that our parents once fought. The fight of trying to change the world’s view on different minorities and that we shouldn’t even be categorized in.

One Stop Global Shop

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There are so many things to experience in the area to expand your knowledge of different cultures and to just experience new things.

One of my absolute favorite places to go is World Market.

World Market is a store that sells EVERYTHING from Home Décor, to furniture and global foods, yes, I said GLOBAL.

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