Our school systems have been killing Black boys like Michael Brown and Eric Garner long before the police started

Our current school system leaves Black boys set up in a way that is meant to deceive and ultimately fail them in the long run. If you look close enough you will see that schooling slowly breaks down the self-concept and self-esteem of many Black boys. Whether it is low teacher expectations, labelling, or the absence of supporting structures, everyday Black boys walk away from school questioning their identity and how they ought to represent themselves in our society. The sad part is — little is being done to change the status quo. Black boys continue to drop out despite educational initiatives. In classrooms across the country, Black males settle with D’s and C’s, struggle to attain B’s, and battle both internal and external frictions when they actually do succeed with A’s. All the while our Black sons and brothers are internalizing what the institution of education foreshadows about society in general. So when authorities accost Michael Brown and Eric Garner, it’s not anything new to them. Unfortunately, the authorities “surveilling” our schools are not much different than those policing the real world…

Continue reading http://www.matthewrmorris.com/uncategorized/our-school-systems-have-been-killing-black-boys-like-michael-brown-and-eric-garner-long-before-the-police-started/

Like what you read? Give Matthew R. Morris a round of applause.

From a quick cheer to a standing ovation, clap to show how much you enjoyed this story.