The recent 2016 presidential election of Donald Trump will present racial challenges for White teachers across the country. Many Black and Hispanic students will devalue the intentions of their White teachers which will ultimate impact student achievement and the overall mission of the school. Teachers will now face the challenge of meeting their mission to provide a fair and equitable education for all students. Teachers will benefit from using several strategies that eliminate the perception of racism in their schools due to the new Donald Trump era.
According to the article, Here Are 13 Examples Of Donald Trump Being Racist , Donald Trump has been insensitive towards different ethnicities. For example, Trump called supporters who beat up a homeless Latino man “passionate”. He condoned the beating of a Black Lives Matter protester and trashed Native Americans. He stated in 2015 that “the Hispanics are going to get those jobs, and they’re going to love [me].” He refused to condemn the White supremacists who are campaigned for him.
Finally, he is known to discriminate against Black people. Workers at Trump’s casinos in Atlantic City, New Jersey, have accused him of racism over the years. The New Jersey Casino Control Commission fined the Trump Plaza Hotel and Casino $200,000 in 1992 because managers would remove African-American card dealers at the request of a certain big-spending gambler. A state appeals court upheld the fine. The election of Donald Trump has validated the perceptions of many Black and Hispanic students.
What are the perceptions of Black and Hispanic students and parents that has been validated by the election of Donald Trump?
When incorporating students into a marginalized society by slavery, conquest, and colonization, students believe school is detrimental to their identity. Indians, Mexican Americans, Puerto Ricans, and Blacks share “the experience of having been brought into the United States society against their will and then relegated to subordinate status” (Ogbu, 1978, p. 255).
Blacks, Mexicans, and Puerto Ricans are caste-like immigrants who were involuntarily incorporated into the United States. Involuntary minorities such as Blacks are not willing to perform well in school due to difficulty with crossing cultural lines. “A major reason previous attempts at educational reform have been unsuccessful is that the relationships between teachers and students and between schools and communities have remained essentially unchanged” (Cummins, 1986, p. 18). According to Ogbu (1983), “Blacks have learned since slavery that the way to get ahead even within the limited universe open to them, the status mobility system is not through merit and talent but through white patronage” (p. 177).
Americans of color adapt to a society that does not value their ethnicity, history, heritage, or language by establishing societal survival strategies. Black parents prepare their children to live in a dual cultural world that involves helping them to develop skills for adult roles such as wage earners and parenthood in addition to negotiating a dominant society that has different cultural values and judges people by their skin color or ethnic background. Blacks who live in an urban society and a society that dislikes them for the color of their skin ensure they do not become victims by approaching people with caution, wariness, and a sense of distrust.
Student perceptions and feelings regarding teachers and themselves influence student achievement. Students do better in school when they believe getting a good education will increase their chances for success. Students who perceive that teachers have favorable feelings toward them have higher achievement levels when teachers have positive views toward them.
Teachers that desire to avoid the stigma associated with the Donald Trump era will need to:
- Utilized the Raccelerate Formula to avoid the stigma associated with disproportionate discipline
- Reflect on how your different verbal and non-verbal behaviors contribute to racism in the classroom.
- Use a process that Promotes Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships
The new Donald Trump era will not create many complications if teachers follow the prescription provided by Dr. Derrick L. Campbell.
Dr. Derrick L. Campbell, Ed.D.
PO Box 4707 Cherry Hill, NJ 08034
Author of Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships and Promoting Positive Racial Teacher Student Classroom Relationships: Methodology
The Raccelerate Phenomenon
Treasures of Hidden Racism in Education
“Dr. Campbell did his part and now all we have to do is run with it.”
~ Tom Coleman ~
Woodstown-Pilesgrove Public Schools Superintendent of Schools
“The model that you use to analyze teacher-student relationships is a good one for most school districts”.
~ Joe Vas ~ Perth Amboy Mayor
“Dr. Campbell’s Cultural Relationship Training Program is comprehensive, informative, and should be required training for all schools”
~ Darrell Pope ~ Hutchinson Kansas NAACP President