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U.N. Study Shows Mistreatment of Black Students Across The Country

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U.N. Study Shows Mistreatment of Black Students Across The Country

By Giovanni Zaburoni

(Original article: YourBlackEducation.com)

The United Nations is weighing in on how black children are treated in schools in America, and their preliminary findings back most studies that indicate that there are a number of barriers that stand between black children and a quality education. U.N. officials traveled to Washington D.C., Baltimore, Jackson-Mississippi, Chicago, and New York City for their study. The U.N. Working Group assessed the level of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia, Afrophobia and related intolerance that black children face.

Studies have shown that children of color coming from lower income communities deal with a number of issues outside of school that impacts their performance in the classroom and the Work Group preliminary findings compiled evidence of some of those factors. In their report, the Working Group said racially-motivated discrimination hinders the educational, health, housing, employment, economic, social, cultural, and environmental rights of African Americans, which impact their overall well-being. More than 10 million black Americans live in poverty and almost half of that number are living in “deep poverty.”

While black children deal with societal issues at home, the Working Group also found that schools in poor neighborhoods are under-funded. Zero tolerance policies lead to excessive penalization, harassment, out of school suspensions, and expulsion of black children, which feeds the school-to-prison pipeline. Many schools in low-income neighborhoods have police on campus that are allowed to detain, frisk, and arrest kids at school. The heavy-handed efforts to increase school security and crack down on minor offenses tend to disproportionately affect black students. Harsh disciplinary measures affect black children at a higher rate than their white peers. According to the Huffington Post, the U.N. panel believes “abolishing on campus policing” will help resolve these issues.

School Curricula does not do a sufficient job of exploring black history in America. The U.N. Working Group said schools fail to address the causes of racism and inequality which “contributes to the structural invisibility of African-Americans.”

Preliminary findings show a correlation between residential segregation and access to health, education, and adequate food sources. The U.N. panel found African Americans are disproportionately impacted by gentrification, homelessness, and lack of employment opportunities.

According to the United Nations Human Rights Officer of the High Commissioner website, “People from Black poor neighborhoods are more likely to face lower education achievements, more exposure to violence and crime, a tense interaction with the police, less employment opportunities, environmental degradation and low life expectancy rates as well.”

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