I went to a predominantly white Catholic school from the age of three until my graduation. Over the years, I heard some rather unsavory things said about blacks by my teachers and classmates. Despite these stresses, I do not think that I would be who I am today without these experiences. Because my school was so small, there was only one honors class for each grade. The honors class spent the whole school day together, so my school experience was pretty insular.
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My High School Experience Essay - Words | Bartleby
How Racism Affects Children of Color in Public Schools
Everyone has same tests, everyone has a similar curriculum, and everyone has the same activities. If a student is competitive in the college application process, they usually participate in clubs, take AP classes, or play sports. I have done numerous clubs, extracurricular activities, abroad experiences, and honor societies; taken plenty of AP classes, earned awards. My decision was based on my high school experience. I always challenged myself to take rigorous and challenging courses.
Twenty years ago, an African-American friend and colleague, Lynnette Stallworth, challenged me to critically examine why I, as a white woman, so often looked to her as the expert on racism, depending on her to call me out or advise me when racist words, behaviors, or policies were at play. How are other white people doing that for you? Racism is a white problem and it is long past time for you all to do your own work!