I Have a Dream - Beyond School Buses and Holding Hands
Since we’re not in the 1950’s anymore can we confidently say that Black children are judged by the content of their character? Fifty one years after Dr. King’s historical I Have a Dream speech I still feel trepidation when I drop my children off at school. Will the teacher see their intelligence or believe in racial stereotypes? Even though children of color sit together in schools with White children and overt racism is not as prevalent, the fact still remains that the dream for better educational experiences for children of color has not yet been realized. No longer are raggedy books and broken down school buses a sign of inequities in schooling experiences. Inequities now lie in test scores, access to Advanced Placement (AP) and gifted and talented classes and school zoning or illusory choices that are still inherently based on socioeconomic status. Fifty one years after Dr. Martin Luther King’s I Have a Dream speech, public schools are taking subtle steps back to being just about as segregated as they were when my parents went to school. With three beautiful ebony colored children to keep on a college track, our families realizes now is NOT the time to ease up on ‘The Dream’, instead we recognize the need for an amendment.
In 2014 I have a dream that:
- Education will no longer be a Civil Rights issue
- The achievement gap will vanish – FOREVER
- Children of color will be proportionally represented in AP and gifted and talented classes
- It will be the rule and not the exception for children of color to obtain a college degree
- Children of color will see themselves in the textbook, outside of slavery