In the medium-sized high school where I am fortunate to teach, black and Hispanic kids are, in every way that matters, indistinguishable from their white classmates. There are no overpowering cultural imperatives to behave in specific ways. Some black and Hispanic kids excel, most do well, and a few do poorly, just like the white bread kids. Thankfully, as far as I can tell, those black and Hispanic kids that do well don’t have to deal with others of their race giving them a hard time for “acting white.” They simply act as they want to act, as their abilities and talents lead them.
This gladdens my heart. I could care less about the color of their skin. I’m only interested in the development of their intellects and character, and do my best to wipe away anything that stands in the way of that pursuit.
Unfortunately, my medium-sized school is, at least in this way, perhaps a bit unusual. Too many kids from too many backgrounds are told by racialist “leaders” that they can’t succeed, that everyone and everything is stacked against them, and that they have no hope.
I would hope that you, gentle readers, are already acquainted with the writings of Thomas Sowell, one of the brightest intellectual lights of our time. If not, let this article, titled: “Young Blacks, Hispanics Need to Heed Lessons Of Success” be your introduction. An excerpt:
Years ago, someone said that, according to the laws of aerodynamics, bumblebees cannot fly. But the bumblebees, not knowing the laws of aerodynamics, go ahead and fly anyway.
Something like that happens among people. There have been many ponderous academic writings and dour editorials in the mainstream media, lamenting that most people born poor cannot rise in American society anymore.
Meanwhile, many poor immigrants arrive here from various parts of Asia, and rise on up the ladder anyway.
Often these Asian immigrants arrive not only with very little money, but also very little knowledge of English.
They start out working at low-paid jobs but working so many hours, often at more than one job, that they are able to put a little money aside.
After a few years, they have enough money to open some little shop, where they still work long hours, and still save their money, so that they can afford to send their children to college.
Meanwhile, these children know that their parents not only expect, but demand, that they make good grades.
Some people try to explain why Asians, and Asian-Americans, succeed so well in education and in the economy by some special characteristics that they have.
That may be true, but their success may also be due to what they do not have — namely “leaders” who tell them that the deck is so stacked against them that they cannot rise, or at least not without depending on “leaders.”
Such “leaders” are like the people who said that the laws of aerodynamics showed that the bumblebee cannot fly. Those who have believed such “leaders” have in fact stayed grounded, unlike the bumblebees.
By all means, read the rest, and be glad that there are real leaders and thinkers like Sowell who are also concerned with the development of the character and intellects of all children. He is the anti-Sharpton, the anti-Jackson and the anti-Obama.
DNS Guns said:
Unfortunately that is not the norm in any middle and high school in this city. Due to liberal meddling we have “magnet schools” that at first glance appear to be a good idea. Take the best faculty, equipment, and newest building and place them in undesirable areas (ghetto) and allow people to choose to come. In the beginning the racial mix was limited to the general population figures. Around 70/30 white/black. Several years ago it was determined that it was unfair to the neighbourhoods 99% black population to not allow anyone in the neighborhood to attend. To make matters worse we have a group here called the Uhuru Movement. Militant black racist uneducated morons who demand favors through intimidation. All the usual poverty pimp BS of all the problems stem from the white man. Lack of parental involvement, gangs, drug use, 75% illegitimacy rate 80% dropout rate etc has nothing to do with it. This group fosters hatred and racism in the community and hatred for anyone not black. They are lovely people.
Our kids started in kindergarten the first year this program started in 1993. It was an excellent system and our kids thrived. By 1998 when the oldest moved to the magnet middle school things had started to go downhill. by the time the last one graduated in 2010 the schools were war zones. Several of our friends teach in these schools and the stories of death threats, rape, violence, etc would make your hair stand on end. This isn’t some giant city like Chicago this is St. Petersburg Florida, population around 250k. Google “problems at john hopkins middle school” for a taste of what a once very nice magnet school has become.
When did the problems start? About the time a new black principle who had fantastic credentials from Atlanta was hired. Turned out her credentials were fake. This woman came to school the first day dressed in her traditional African garb. She of course probably couldn’t name the first country on the African continent but what difference does that make? New discipline policy was instated which meant a black child was never guilty. Teachers we know at this school would toss a troublemaker out of class only to have her bring him back within 5 minutes and in some cases berate the teacher in front of the students. After stealing $15000 from the pta because she said the money was hers to do as she saw fit she resigned. No charges were ever brought.
This is the reality of public schools here.
I hate to say it, but the worst news black parents can get these days is that the schools are being run by black “leaders” in the community. You should see the misery being dealt out by the entrenched and corrupt black power structure to the Dallas, Texas, superintendent recently hired to drain and clean the swamp. If you happen to be a white child in a majority black school, then be prepared to be known as “fat white bitch” if not beaten up on a regular basis. The worst racism in America today is black racism. A Thomas Sowell would be run out of town as an “Uncle Tom” in most black communities. His honesty and clear vision would threaten too many feeding at the grievance trough.