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Racism in education inhibits access to one of society's most valuable resources: the opportunity to learn and obtain an education. Article 26 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which has been printed in multiple languages and was ratified by all but a few nations in 1948, declared that all persons have a right to learn. Racism erodes this right. According to the Oxford Dictionary of Sociology, racism is a belief system that devalues a group of people based upon their physical or cultural characteristics, especially those that imply race or ethnicity. This devaluing contributes to the unfair treatment of minorities based on race. This is also called racial discrimination.

Racism is the ideology that provides the justification for racial discrimination. When racism becomes pervasive, systematic, ...

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