Minority Access to Education and Affirmative Action


  • Morgan Robinson


Education opens doors to those who can participate in it. For example, pay ceilings based on degrees of education, voting, rights in the US, and many more liberties are a part of the “American Dream .”Minorities have been denied the right to education for hundreds of years, limiting their influence within government, ability to make a living, or freedom from oppression, all rights that white Americans can participate in without having to worry about race. Enslaved people were told they could not learn how to read for fear they would realize they were no different from the people who oppressed them, and literacy tests barred minorities from voting. Currently, schools in minority-predominant areas experience underfunding, and affirmative action disputes the already small percentage of minority students in top schools due to these continuing generational traditions of oppression.