When you first arrived at the University of Connecticut, I always said you were dealt a bad deck of cards. You walked into a series of events that were unprecedented. I told others I felt bad for you and that hopefully, this would all blow over soon.
In the last two weeks, President Donald Trump has received both a Nobel Peace Prize nomination and a sudden opportunity to lock up a conservative majority on the Supreme Court. Such events would ordinarily have the incumbent flying high, but Trump cannot overlook Democratic challenger Joe Biden when they face off on the debate stage Tuesday night in Cleveland.
Sunday morning it was widely spread over social media that someone had vandalized the Black Lives Matter mural on the University of Connecticut’s often painted spirit rock. The vandals painted over the word “Black” and in the same white paint wrote the word “all” above the remaining phrase.
As the Black Lives Matter movement sweeps across the nation, it draws attention to the systemic racism that Black people uniquely face. Unfortunately, this systemic oppression starts early, with the public education system. Inequity in the public education system is perpetuated by inadequate federal initiatives that blanket the nation with requirements that do not address local issues. While the goal of educational reformation movements like No Child Left Behind and the Common Core has been to close the achievement gap between white and marginalized children, they have actually increased it.
All around the country, people have been protesting against systemic racism. Systemic racism and White privilege must be acknowledged, and society must be radically changed so that everyone, regardless of skin color, is treated equally.
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