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Race Relations in Schools and the Effects On Educational Value Meanwhile back at school I feared my grades would suffer horribly because I couldnt concentrate Every moment of every day was filled with awful surprises that began early each morning I hoped and prayed I wouldnt get ejected before the end of school I took heart because I could see signs of the kind of student activities that only come near the end of the school yearPattillo Beals 270 Throughout the course of our countrys tarnished history prejudice and racism have played an enormous role in the quality of education attained by our children Until the Supreme Courts ruling in the Brown vs the Board of Education case in 1954 which stated that segregation in public schools was unconstitutional minorities specifically blacks and whites did not attend the same schools in the south Rather the Jim Crow reality existed in which separate but equal was the mindset held by the majority of the population However with the onset of the civil rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s the educational atmosphere in our schools has changed somewhat No longer is it simply racist whites attacking blacks No today the target of students criticism and hatred has branched out Homosexuals whites blacks Asians athletes and the list goes on The reality of the situation is that despite the tireless efforts of those people that came before us discri mination and hatred still exist in our schools today only in a slightly different context Riots lynchings protests and years of litigation are what followed the move for equal treatment for all people beginning in the early 1950s It seems ironic that such great lengths have to be reached in order for minority citizens to receive that which they are guaranteed under federal law Melba Pattillo Beals Warriors Dont Cry gives a searing insight as to what it was like to be one of the
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