Oakland race symposium exposes unfairness in education
Posted by Asha Richardson on November 10, 2008 at 05:50pm
I’ve always felt that while racism isn’t as prevalent as it was in my Grandmother’s, or even my mother’s youth, it is still an acting force that affects everyday life in today’s progressing world.
I recently attended a symposium presented by World Trust, a non profit educational organization, called Facing the Mountains: Breakthroughs to New Racial Landscapes. People of every color came together in Oakland’s First Congregational Church to participate in workshops addressing racial inequalities. I attended the discussion about one of the the Bay’s wealthiest counties, Marin, still having a huge achievement gap between whites and minorities in their public schools. Through the workshops and group discussions, what really caught my attention was the World Trust’s expression of not only one solution to eradicating racism, but rather seeing awareness as the most promising route to change.
Sometimes I doubt racism will ever vanish, but this event gave me hope. It reminded me people are not settling for this almost equality; and are striving for the day we finally put down our stereotypes and truly begin to appreciate each other.