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Racism in Colleges
Racism has been a steady problem all through time. One of the most
troublesome areas of racism is in places of education. Finding a cure for this
would be a major step towards ending racism in general. No one has ever thought
of a solution yet, and racism will be strong as long as there isn\'t one.
It all started back when the colonists traded certain goods for slaves.
They had never seen a black person before and thought of them as lower human
beings because they did all of the colonists\' work for them. Since blacks were
so low, they were never given a good education.
This lack of education continued throughout the centuries. Even in the
1700\'s slaves were never taught how to read or write. In the 1800\'s everyone\'s
feelings about slavery, good or bad, culminated in one big war, the American
Civil War. During this period, the slaves really tried to break free from their
past stereotypes. A small percentage of them taught themselves to read and write
and they began to teach others.
Some blacks even fought in the Civil War. The most educated were
selected and several black units were formed. Once the North had defeated the
South in the war, the slaves were freed from bondage, however, that did not mean
that they would be free from the terrible prejudice that still permeated the
Schools sprang up in all black areas but were not given the public
funding that they needed and deserved. They were usually only one room and very
dirty. They were given the oldest and most worn out books and equipment that
were available. There weren\'t even many teachers who were qualified and were
willing to teach at an all black school. Even though education was instituted
for African Americans, which was a step in the right direction, it was a very
small step and still didn\'t give blacks the education they deserved.
This treatment prevailed for many years after the Civil War. A new
concept, segregation , evolved and was predominant from the late 1800\'s through
the first half of the 1900\'s. Whites assumed that they were better than black
people and didn\'t want to be around them in anything they did. For example, in
buses, whites were given privileged seating in front; but blacks had to sit in
the back. Moreover, if there were not enough front seats whites could preempt
blacks from their back seats. There were separate restrooms, drinking fountains,
stores and, of course, schools.
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