Dean G. Connecticut

Racism is Changing Our Future

Racism is spreading to schools, which is giving people of color a smaller chance of succeeding in their future.

Dear future president,

My name is Dean Gendels. I’m currently a tenth grader attending Staples High School in Westport, CT. I’m writing a letter to you because I would like to touch upon how racism, can and will change our future. I fear that if racism does not end soon, it could potentially put the future for the U.S. in jeopardy of having lack of education for blacks.

From the very start of education in preschool, to the end of education in high school, there is a major gap of education success between blacks and whites. From 4th grade to 8th grade, the reading and math testing scores increase from around a score of 207, to 310. Blacks scores increase from a score of 190, to a score of around 250. These scores show that blacks levels in reading and math are significantly lower than whites. This is a major problem for our future because this could affect our economy as a whole. This problem is caused by racism from their school system. It is scientifically proven that in the southern part of the U.S., school systems, are more likely to give the benefit of the doubt to a white student, over a black. This means, the school system will give the white students the better teachers, and better classes. The black population is near 15% of our population. So if the majority of the blacks can’t succeed, this could lower our economy because they won’t be employed. It is scientifically proven that blacks are 15% more likely to go homeless than whites. This is because they don’t have equal opportunities in school as whites. This could affect people on a personal level because it could cause them to lose, their money, home, food, etc.

If the education gap between blacks and whites isn’t cut down immediately, this could lead to depression, the homeless rate will rise for blacks, more famine for blacks, and affect the others surrounding them in the community. If blacks don’t have equal education as whites, than whites will have more opportunity for jobs in the future. If someone has a family, and can’t support them because they don’t have a job, it could lead to depression, famine, and eventually the family will most likely go homeless. If they don’t have a job, they can’t have a home, they can’t put food on the table. This can not only affect the people that don’t have a job, but it can also affect the people that do have jobs, because it can lower the economy, which could lower the income of laborers in the U.S. We must end all of racism in schools, in order to give our country the best opportunity to succeed in the near future.

I fear that if racism does not end soon, it could potentially put the future for the U.S. in jeopardy of having lack of education for blacks. In order to ensure a plan to get rid of racism and lack of education of black, we must end all of preconception of blacks. We must ensure that all school systems give everyone an equal chance success. By doing this, we will close the gap of education between whites and blacks, and secure our country a safe future.


Dean Gendels. 

Staples High School


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