This blog focuses on issues and solutions to racism, culture, cultural difference(s), and social injustice(s) for Black and Hispanic students as they develop in families, schools, and communities. RACE (Racism, Achievement, Change, Equity) is a forum for exposing injustices, but also sharing stories, examples, practices, ideas, theories, models, and research for change.

Posts tagged ‘discrimination’


Why Black students should be homeschooled

Why Black students should be homeschooled


Discrimination in Gifted Education — Lessons Learned to Desegregate Gifted Education!u-46-discrimination-case/cd9w

Illinois School District Guilty of Discriminating Against Hispanic and Black Students



On July 11, 2013, Illinois Federal District Court Judge Robert Gettleman issued a decision holding that District U-46 (Elgin) discriminated against Hispanic and Black students in the district’s gifted program until at least 2009. Despite the over 40% of Hispanic students in the school district, in most years, they were only 2% of the gifted programs.


Specifically, the Court found the district discriminated against Hispanic students who had exited from the district’s bilingual program by segregating them into a separate gifted program, not allowing them to be in classes with gifted White students. Judge Gettlemen’s decision renewed the Brown v. Board of Education (1954) principle that ‘separate is inherently unequal’.


The Court also found that the policies, procedures and instruments used by the district to screen and identify gifted students resulted in a “serious disparate impact” on Hispanic and Black students. I, Donna Y. Ford, PhD., the Plaintiff’s expert witness in the case, urge all school districts to learn from the case and eliminate barriers to gifted education. I can be reached at


For a copy of the opinion, click here

White Guilt

It never ceases to surprise me that White guilt coupled with White privilege blinds people to real issues and problems — that they have created and benefit from. Then, when confronted about their prejudice, I or victims of racism now become the bully, insensitive, trouble maker, agitator, and so on. I am not here to console; I am shedding some additional, often ignored, information (research, experience, stories…) to open minds and change hearts. If this is not up your alley — don’t waste my time. 

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