How Reconstruction Era Impacted Discrimination in Schools

Andrew Gomez

Imagine you are a child, walking to school getting chased by a white mob trying to kill you, while running to school you see the school building on fire. The Reconstruction Era, from 1865-1877, made discrimination more violent in Southern schools. It impacted schools in the south because the local and state officials separated the blacks and whites, extreme violence kept black students from school, and black people were not allowed to vote. This discrimination was so intense that we still experience discrimination in our schools now.

The law required that blacks and whites be separated and didn’t offer black students the same education or support as the whites. According to west-memphis-schoolhouse-segregatedRonald E. Butchart, “Reconstruction Era legislation required segregated schools and allowed discrimination in the distribution of school funds to white and bla
ck schools“ (1). During the reconstruction era, laws were used to separate blacks and whites and allow for discrimination in schools. Schools now push away colored students and focus on the light skin and white students .

During the Reconstruction Era, racist white people used extreme violence to discriminate on blacks because they wanted to control the black population . According to PBS learning, “white employers fireslavesd black employees for attending school. White supremacist groups like the KKK terrorized African Americans by burning schools, randomly beating and murdering teachers and students, and intimidating others from attending.” During the reconstruction era, educational discrimination was created by groups like the KKK, who used extreme violence that kept black kids from going to school .Now the KKK has been replaced by crooked cops and gangs that distract kids from being able to learn .

Slavery ended but it didn’t really end discrimination against blacks. Many states made blacks pay to vote and take literacy or Constitution tests to keep them from voting. According to Tracing Center, “black Americans faced formidable barriers to political lead_960economic and social equality poll taxes and literacy test were aimed at preventing blacks from voting”. During the reconstruction era, blacks weren’t allowed to vote because they were very poor and could not afford the poll tax. They also had low education levels, so they could not pass the literacy tests. Racist white people were getting elected who didn’t give them money for better schools. This caused education discrimination. Most colored skin people now that live in a high poverty environment aren’t educated enough to know what’s going on in elections.

When the 14th Amendment was signed, it set up equal rights for blacks and whites. But, there was still racism because whites didn’t like blacks. This led to extreme violence and kept blacks from getting educated because white supremacist kept burning down schools and killing blacks that tried going to school. It’s important for us today because there’s still racism and discrimination going on in our schools and education systems. Where people with colored skin aren’t getting enough attention or support as kids who are white .

Works Cited

Butchart, Ronald E. “Freedmen’s Education during Reconstruction.” New Georgia Encyclopedia . 12 October 2015 , web . 01 march 2016

PBS Learning. “Reconstruction and Black Education “, http://www.pbslearningcenter.org

TracingCenter , http://www.trscing center.org , web 8, March 16

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