American Education System Hostile Towards Black Students

American education system is yet to be devoid of racial practices. A Seattle High school targets Black students to sign the pledge to be better students.

A blatant racist move by a Seattle High School has aroused the wrath from both Black students and their parents. The school recently asked only African-Americans to sign the pledge to be better students. This latest incidence in the school has further proved the reality of racism in the American education system. As a result of our search, we have come up with reliable information from the various news outlets:


A Seattle High School is under fire after a school pledge created by the staff turned into something quite prejudiced.

The school staff only asked Black students to sign the “Keepin’ it 100” pledge to be better students. One student immediately told her mom about the pledge, which asked “African American scholars” to promise to come to class on time, complete high school, and hold themselves up to a high standard, The Grio reports.

Franklin High junior Niya Thomas told her mom Neffertiti Thomas about “Keepin’ it 100,” to which she responded, “I don’t think they read that letter feeling encouraged, uplifted at all. They walked away feeling like I can’t do enough, I still didn’t make it.” Niya added, “Every student counts in the school, I feel like if you gave it to one culture, you should have given it to the others as well.”

High school senior Bazia Potts said, “We were upset because the whole 12th grade class got the paper but it was supposed to be for us. I know I felt embarrassed and my peers felt embarrassed as well. They threw it in the garbage; they were angry; they threw it away.” See more.


Black students made up 27 percent of the student population, according to a report from the 2014-2015 school year.

“I pledge to hold myself accountable to meet the high expectations that my parent(s)/guardian(s) and the Franklin High School staff will hold for me. I pledge to persist and preserve during difficult times,” the covenant reads.

Parents received a similar form for them to sign, but the term “African-American” was not included.

One parent said that her daughter felt that the black students were being singled out.

“She felt like they were being singled out,” Timika Anderson said. “They’re not the only ones at school struggling.” See more.


Eventually the school did meet with some of the senior class students who let it be known how upset they were at being singled out.

Students were not the only people put off by the whole thing. Many parents were just as outraged.

“It felt like these African-American students weren’t good enough, that they didn’t somehow make the mark. That part was hurtful because we all want to send a positive message to our students,” Neffertiti Thomas said.

The Seattle Public School District put out this statement:

“Seattle Public Schools is committed to eliminating opportunity gaps and accelerating learning for each and every student. A student covenant was recently created by staff at Franklin High School.”

“After meeting with senior students, Franklin staff discontinued the covenant as it proved to be a distraction from their original intent which is to increase efforts and support for African American students and ensure college readiness.”

“In addition, a parent/community advisory group is under development to increase the school’s collective wisdom, inform their practices and build capacity to reach the goal of 100% of African American students college ready.” See more.


Parents say while they appreciate the effort, they believe there’s a better way.

We talked to members of the Black Student Union at Franklin High; they tell me there’s a meeting with the principal after school on Thursday to discuss the issues.

Seattle Public Schools also says it will put together a parent/community advisory group to try to find a better way to bridge the opportunity gap. See more.

Stereotyping in the American education system is one thing that must be vehemently kicked against. Treating children in the light of racial segregation is most unacceptable as it lowers their self-esteem. The teachers who chose to judge about their students’ future results  basing on the color of their skin must be ashamed of themselves, as they ought to be role models for the children to follow. The authorities of the school are to find out better ways of handling issues than towing the path of racism.


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