After Lyndon B Johnson signed the Civil Rights Act of 1964, he faced the decision of how to better protect Black Mississippi Citizens. He decided to open a F.B.I. field office controlled by F.B.I. Director J. Edgar Hoover instead of sending federal troops. Thursday July 10, 2014 marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of this local F.B.I. Office. While we should commend their efforts for fighting civil right crimes and forging positive relationships with both Black and White Mississippi citizens, the fact remains that racism in Mississippi is thriving in the form of racism in the classroom.

The racism in the classroom is evident because White students outperform Black students at each grade level in Mississippi. Racism in the classroom has a drastic impact on our society because students who become victims of this racism choose to drop out of school and never graduate. As a high school dropout, they become prime targets for the human capital needed for a gang. Additionally, racism in the classroom also teaches White privilege to students. Students who take White privilege to an extreme become White supremacist. White Supremacist are known to kill cops.

Eliminating racism in the classroom will require a transitional process that allows teachers to accept the different racial behaviors that Black students bring to the classroom. Once teachers accept the different racial Black student behaviors, then students will feel that education is important and therefore excel at every level possible.

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Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
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