Rarely acknowledged, never talked about, few know their herstory (including young Latinas). How then, do we pass on folklore and more importantly, how do we pass on history, law, and policy? Higher Education. How do we make higher education accessible to the lower class? the immigrants? the first generation citizens? Womyn? Illiterate generations?
Unfortunately, we don't. We have chosen to move on and ignore the past. However, past inadequacies quickly catch up and put a mirror to our poor results. We cannot deny our poor performance but the result is much more than pass/fail. We must acknowledge the racism in our education.
When brown and black students do not have access to Advanced Placement courses (in order to compete in higher educational institutions), or are tracked into high school vocational or athletic programs instead of college preparatory courses, there is a race-based pre-textual education occurring-where colored children are being tracked into lower class educational careers via lack of access to competitive course curriculum.
In other words, a student from Compton High School (or Jefferson or HP High or Bell High) could never compete with a student from Harvard Westlake or Buckley or a public high school like Marshall. Why? because, the course curriculum at the private schools and west side schools are designed to mimic the community college and first-year courses at universities (which then grant points for passing these classes). The end result excludes low-income students of color by not providing the same educational resources (AP classes, extra-curricular activities, and coding courses) in order to compete at universities and receive scholarships instead of accumulating debt under the guise of financial aid. 🎓