New York City has extraordinarily segregated neighborhoods and radically unequal educational opportunities for its black children. Segregated housing patterns ensure that most black students attend poorly resourced public schools, while schools in predominantly white, wealthy neighborhoods have the resources to help children succeed.
What brought me to Jamaica in the first place to witness this wonderful exchange was because I was attending and presenting at the first International Conference on Urban Education (ICUE), Interestingly enough, Black scholars are also a rare breed (although becoming increasingly greater numbers in the past few years).
Many youth who know that they aren't treated fairly, and know that life isn't the way it should be, do not see themselves in a fight for their civil rights. They have been taught to turn a blind eye to institutional racism and structural inequity, and don't see that their civil rights are being violated in more subtle and dangerous ways than ever before.