Grey's Anatomy Jesse Williams: Separated and Unequal Education System Alive and Well in AmericaBy Chris Brandt
Grey's Anatomy star Jesse Williams has once again ruffled the feathers of many when he declared that the "separated and unequal education system is alive and well in America." This is also the subject of his America Divided documentary called "The Class Divide."
Back in July, Williams created quite a stir with his rousing BET speech after accepting his award. After that, there was a petition to axe him from the show but his fellow "Grey's Anatomy" actors and the rest of the show stood behind him and no action had been taken against him.
Williams, who was once a history teacher, has always been vocal about his fight against inequality in any form and his recent documentary is no different. In "The Class Divide," he tackled the "Brown v. Board of Education" Supreme Court ruling that had been made 60 years ago which stated that race will not once again determine the kind of education a child receives. He argued, however, that the promise has remained unfulfilled until now.
One of the living evidences that shows inequality in education still exists is the Walkers who live in the south part of Pinellas County, Florida. South Pinellas, a predominantly black community, has five schools, all of which are part of the 15 worst schools in the country. The schools have been plagued with high teacher turnover, scarce resources, and low test scores.
The Walkers, a family featured in the documentary, have sent their children to one of the schools mentioned. And they have fallen into what the documentary described as an "education malpractice."
On the other side of the spectrum are the schools located on the northern part of the country where most of the students are white. Not surprisingly, these schools are the complete opposite of the schools on the south as they have abundant resources, good teachers, and high test scores. This is what parents can describe as a dream school.
He added that federal data has revealed that students of color, have been set up for failure with teachers who have not met the required state certifications and licensing. Moreover, students of color miss out on a lot of advance courses because most of the budget was spend on hiring police officers rather than highly qualified teachers.