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New York City’s education system is racist and unresponsive to Black/Brown students

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Let’s call it what it is. New York City’s education system is racist and until there is an unapologetic dismantling of its system which breeds racial inequity and disparities to maintain the status quo, New York City public schools will remain an unresponsive system for Black and Brown students. 

New York City public schools are a far cry from the progressive, cosmopolitan bastions of diversity and integration that one would think. Don’t believe me? Have a conversation with some of the alleged progressive white alumni from (insert the name of specialized NYC high school), so insidiously committed to preserving the admissions protocol of their alma matters, or essentially any columnist at the New York Post. 

A lot of white folk in this city have made their fortunes off the inequity of this system, and they want their children to do the same. A lot of folk have also made names for themselves as “progressive” allies, gaining clout, promotions, and salary raises at the expense of Black and Brown children who continue to be pushed to the margins by antiquated and inaccessible school admissions driven by inequitable screening, disproportionate suspension rates, and curriculum that does not include their culture. For years, so-called liberal, white elite New Yorkers have strategically placed themselves as gatekeepers of education policy, further pushing a carefully-scripted agenda that was not designed to promote the posterity of Black and Brown people in the city. 

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Kevin Beckford is a graduate of Yale University and majored in African-American studies and Political Science. A Gates-Cambridge scholarship recipient, he received a Master of Philosophy degree in African Studies and also received a Master of Science from the University of Pennsylvania Graduate School of Education. Kevin taught middle and high school history and English in Philadelphia and consulted with the New York City Department of Education as an Education Pioneer Fellow, before working in the White House Office of Presidential Correspondence and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development as a special adviser. At HUD, Kevin worked on affairs concerning ConnectHome, a White House initiative that sought to provide Internet access for families living in HUD-assisted housing. Currently, he works in as an Advancement Manager for an education nonprofit in NYC and produces on a radio show at Sirius XM. He is also the Co-Founder of The Hustlers Guild, a nonprofit dedicated to expanding STEM opportunities to young people through Hip Hop.

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