5 Reasons why Educational Race Relations are necessary in 2016

In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, I’ve decided to talk about race a little and conduct a short poll.  Please take the time out to participate in my quick survey!

We have come a long way since the tragic assassination of Dr. King, and it is important to appreciate the progress we have made over the decades.  In like manner, we too should discuss the shortcomings our country still faces, in reference to the continuous inequities woman and minorities, [specifically Black and African Americans] endure. Some [generally White Americans] in our Post-Slavery America believe that color is blind due to the enactment of the 14th Amendment.  This fallacious folly that we as a society are colorblind to race is 1) insensitive to an entire race and 2) a pure, unrefined example of ignorance. Though I, and many scholars could write a 20 plus page dissertation on systematic, systemic and institutional oppression alone, I have decided to list five specific instances that prove why educational race relations need to be discussed in 2016.

  1. Affirmative Action Supreme Court Case
    • Fisher V. University of Texas
    • #Staymadabby
  2. Black Face happened in 2015
    • Jason Aldean unnecessarily put on black face to become Lil Wayne for Halloween.
    • Photo link below:  https://www.twitter.com/NashvilleCream/status/664179524335202304
  3. Police Brutality against Blacks being a constant trending topic in 2015
    • Micheal Brown
    • Eric Garner
    • Walter Scott
    • Freddie Gray
    • Sandra Bland
  4. #Oscarssowhite
    • For the Second year in a row, the Oscars have all white nominees for major awards.  This year, they then mocked this unfortunate occurrence by tweeting, “We look forward to reading your #Oscarnoms conspiracy theories tomorrow.”  Tweet Link: https://www.twitter.com/theacademy/status/555544985307590656
  5. Trump 2016 Campaign/White Fragility -Sociological Representation in Congress 

 

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Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. speaking. Mychal Denzel Smith argues that Millennials misunderstand a key part of Martin Luther King’s message. Photo by Julian Wasser//Time Life Pictures/Getty Images
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