KXP-On-Cal
Disparities
By KXP-On-Cal Reporters Brooke Evans and Sydney Carter
1ACCORD wants to make the under-
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raise awareness and responsibility, said
Ms. McPherson. She spoke of many
other reasons that lead to disproportion,
but she said that her main goal for
1ACCORD is to see fewer dropouts,
and also to put more teachers into the
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schools who look like the students.
interviewing Gregory Owens
Mr. Owens mainly talked about children
of color and African Americans in the
Brooke Evans and I, Sydney Carter,
child welfare system. There is a lot of
went to a lecture at the Boys and Girls
disparity going on in the child welfare
Club of New Rochelle, New York. The
system, he said, causing different access
lecture was about the disproportion of
to opportunities due to race, ethnicity,
African American children and children
geography, etc. Mr. Owens pointed
of color found in such systems as child
out that if the system were based on
welfare, the juvenile justice system,
poverty, then there would be a lot more
the special education system, and the
white children than black children in the
mental health system.
system. This system is based purely on
Two people gave the lecture. The first
where you come from. Most African
speaker was Susan McPherson, who
American families will go deeper into
founded the group 1ACCORD. The second
the system, while most white families
speaker was Gregory Owens, who
get out of the system after a few years.
works in the New York State Office of
Children and Family Services.
For example, there are equal numbers
of African American children and white
Ms. McPherson said that the majority
children who are on or sell drugs, but
of children in special education are
all you only ever really hear or see is
black and that few are making class
that African Americans are the ones
distinctions better. We need to increase
who are dealing with drugs, and they
accountability, said Ms. McPherson,
get charged. Another problem is the
adding that one of the major problems
media, which is poisoning the next
between agency systems is that they
generation with false information,
don't communicate with one another.
and that's not good. People should also
How are they ever going to get better
be raising awareness about the media
as a whole, if they don't communicate?
and where they get their information.
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