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Dehumanization is the cause of generations of historical trauma. The cycle begins with negative narratives that label people of color—particularly boys and young men—violent, criminal, and animalistic. To combat the perceived threat, dangerous actions are taken by the majority culture and systems which further dehumanize BYMOC. As a result, BYMOC and their villages often hold harmful internal feelings of unworthiness taught by their oppressors. It is not uncommon for them to engage in various forms of self-harm or to harm others. These destructive external reactions are not explained as normal responses to trauma. Stories of their negative reactions become justification for more negative narratives and the cycle begins again
This report focuses on the deficiencies and disparities in school systems, particularly those with high-minority populations, that leave students unprepared for the rigors of college. It addresses three key areas that are critical for college readiness: the level of coursework available, the experience level of the teachers, and access to guidance counselors., and provides implications for public policy.
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