Michael Holding’s look at institutional racism important to Caribbean views on class

By Melissa Talbert July 10, 2020
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Fast-bowling legend-turned-legendary commentator, Michael Holding, effortlessly threw case studies here and there while backing up his views on the issue of racism.

The studies he shared had common factors.

For the most part, they mentioned children, teachers and classrooms. After all, schools play a huge part in grooming individuals for society.

In an interview with Sky Sports, he recalled a study involving preschool teachers, highlighting, in particular, their attitude towards black children. Holding said, they automatically expected a black child to misbehave.

In an interview with SportsMax, Holding recited a study for the hosts of the SportsMax Zone.

The study was about a white teacher showing love to black children in her classroom after “recognizing there’s racism in the world.”

According to Holding, the teacher experimented and moved the white children to the back of the classroom and the black children to the front. After treating them differently for some time, the teacher observed a difference in the black children; their grades and behaviour improved drastically.

Though the teacher in the latter study understood the pros of treating students equally, there are still many who treat students differently because of the colour of their skin.

In November 2019, Ashley-Jade Anderson posted a video on Instagram titled, ‘An Observation: Preferential treatment primary/prep school teachers demonstrate.’

The video showed seven popular instances of preferential treatment given to students of a certain complexion/social background. Despite the video being uploaded for laughs, the comment section had many people agreeing and deeming the video “accurate.”

One commenter even admitted that this big issue is often overlooked.

Like racism, classism and colourism have a longstanding reputation in classrooms.

When a teacher prefers a student of lighter complexion or higher social class, other students who are perceived to be in a lower social class are marginalised. Because of this, you’ll have some black children thinking they are not good enough, very similar to the way racism works on the psyche.

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