One of the biggest issues we face today is racial inequality. With the countless acts of police brutality and unnecessary killings across America, this issue is definitely something that is in the spotlight today. However racial inequality in education is an issue that has been going on for a very long time and seems to only become more of a problem. From failing public schools, harsh discipline policies and inadequate school resources, students in urban school areas are set up to go nowhere in life except prison or the street corner. Many organization like the NAACP and American Civil Liberties Union are out trying to fight for racial equality in education and stop the school to prison pipeline.
The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund is one of the key leader in fighting for rights among colored people. Over the past 3 years this group has pushed for many changes in public schools to help better the students. The group wrote an article called “School to Prison Pipeline” that brings to how public schools are starting to take a turn for the worse and are negatively affecting our kids education in the very place they are educated. The LDF present the argument “Students cannot learn, and teachers cannot teach, in unsafe schools. But suspension, expulsion, and arrest do not make schools safer.” Schools are now putting more security on campus to help better keep the kids in line. The American Psychology association was able to come out with a study that says these practices are doing more harm to the students learning than good. This organization has worked to put forward reforms to help put the focus back on education rather than incarceration. They ran the coalition to decrease the number of police and guns on campus and led the fight for better treatment with kids with disabilities in schools. Without the NAACP LDF, many of the school systems seeing positive returns today would be hitting rock bottom with the amount of disciplinary issues they would have to deal with.
Another organization that is heavily involved in fighting against racial inequality is the American Civil Liberties Union. The work that they do for education is specifically devoted to dismantling the school-to-prison pipeline. The ACLU has a Racial Justice program that works to promote actions and coalitions to help kids get a high-quality education. On their website, they provide different court cases and links to blogs that speak on the same issues that they do and provide credible information to those looking to take action as well. In the article “What is the School-to-Prison Pipeline” they highlight the key obstacles that a student faces when going to a failing public school with the zero-tolerance policy. Many issues that the article lists of have to do with failing public schools and their harsh “zero-tolerance” disciplinary policies. These policies not only create a bad schooling environment for the students, but also suspend and expel these students for little acts that could be handled in a better manner. The main focus of the A.C.L.U. is to educate the public on issues that deal with our civil rights. Without this organization, the reforms and petitions to help fix education would not be in place. They have gone through many court battles with our government to help get new laws in place, and reform the ones we have to help better the schools and students.
Both of these organizations fight for the rights of the people. Education reform has been on the table for many years and, for awhile, little to nothing had been done to even address the problem. The American Civil Liberties Union and the NAACP L.D.F. helped put the education in the spotlight and started the push to plug up the school-to-prison pipeline. Bringing attention to this problem will help set students in future generations up for success and will help us reform education as a whole. These organizations also show that many things can be done to help change the world in different ways. Whether it be on the in the courtroom like the NAACP L.D.F., or by educating the people like the A.C.L.U. so that we can fight for the rights we want and make a change.