afro 311 - essay 1 - The lower literacy rates in African...

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The lower literacy rates in African Americans compared to other American races is a significant problem in our time. Having a literate and educated population of the minority race is the first step to gaining acceptance and equal rights in society. Racists throughout time have used the alleged inferior mental capabilities of African Americans as a justification of racism and ultimately slavery and the mistreatment of blacks. Without fixing the problem of illiteracy and under education, we are leaving racists with a reason to hold their beliefs as true. I believe that it is not only the government’s, but also black community leaders’ responsibility to stress the importance of education as well as to provide extra attention to the problem by implementing programs and funding specifically for children and adults in poor, black communities. I believe that, due to the negative effects of de facto segregation, the quality of education
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