By kindergarten, 1 out of 4 African American boys in California is convinced he will fail in school, a self-fulfilling prophecy driven in part by poverty and trauma, according to the results of a legislative inquiry. The Assembly select committee investigation on the status of boys and men of color also found that the boys are increasingly putting a strain on the state´s economic health. The findings were drawn from several community hearings, expert testimony and the input of hundreds of other stakeholders over 18 months. The final report, scheduled for public release this week, identified education, health and employment
Comments: "Boys of color" are failing in school and in the world of work, incurring enormous social costs. Conspicuously absent among the list of factors are single-parent households, the insanity of paying unemployed young women to have babies out of wedlock, a culture that places no value on education, or a welfare system that provides a free ride for anyone who wants one.
Official solution will be to spend more money "eradicating the root causes of the cycle of poverty"; nothing new under the sun.
I went to school with a young man from California. He was interested in science and had gone with his high school science teacher to disassemble an old missile silo to build a physics lab. MIT wasn´t challenging enough so he applied to Cal Tech for a physics doctorate after 1 year. Only difference I can see is the individual desire to learn. Maybe if CA focused on potential and opportunity, and less categorization, they achieve better results.
Probably even ahead of having an involved parent (or heaven forbid - parentS) on the list of things they can do to improve their future would be to go out of their way and make friends with the "smart" Asian and white kids in school and in their neighborhoods. Not some superficial leeching arrangement, but true friendship. Why doesn´t some enterprising PhD candidate look at this factor? Second would be to be, as Harry Reid and Joey Biden said, "clean and articulate".
As well they should see a bleak future -- all around, not just at school. The destruction of black independence by the Democrats has been in place for a long time. It´s pretty much an entrenched situation with people not only feeling no shame for being on public assistance, but being proud of it.
They fail from birth because they are taught not to emulate Whitey. We have spent tens of trillions on blacks and other minorities since LBJ´s "Great Society" which has done nothing to improve the mind set of black-Americans, of course there are successes but not enough to change their society. Booze, bullets, drugs, girls and government handouts are their life style. We have 3rd and 4th generation blacks on the dole, which apparently keeps them happy.
Let´s see - compare black children who grow up in stable 2-parent homes and attend church with those from unstable, single-parent homes whose religion is liberalism. On average you´ll see a huge difference, but over- educated PhD´s can´t figure it out.
When will they realize that they are the victims of liberal politics as surely as their forebearers were of the slave owners. They are kept unfree and illiterate by the almost complete control of their lives by the man.
Mae West: "I´ve been rich and I´ve been poor and rich is better."
Maybe it´s past time for the first Black President to oversee a true personal growth and family resurgence in the Black Community and stop playing the race card and trashing everyone he hates!
Obama is totally squandering his advantage and opportunity to actually help a large group of people by totally focusing on his false sense of getting ´revenge´ on those he perceives are the problem.
With all due respect Mr. Obama, these opportunities are squandered by Black Leadership because they need sheep to vote for them. Wake up, your opportunity is staring you in the face and you choose to ignore it!
So the same legislators who win office by telling black people that the white man is the all-powerful devil who will keep them down no matter what they do now wants to study why black children feel hopeless about education and opportunity.
Black children can now grow into black adults without ever knowing anyone who has ever held a job. Think about that, not just dependance of a few, not a single family member or even casual aquantance who has EVER held a job.
And you wonder why the black community is devolving right before our eyes? Add to that the recism inherant in maintaining their victim status and the ever present flash and bling of the corner drug dealing crowd and yyou wonder why an $8 an hour starting position at Walmart looks like slavery to them? When an illiterate sociopathic thug can rape every girl at whim, when he flashes hundred dollar bills like they are toilet tissue, when they pay a 10 year old $100 a day to run drugs from the stash house to the corners. You wonder why inner city kids are increasingly violent, illiterate and volatile.
PhD my patuckis, you are not educated, you are blind.
How about replacing big daddy government with actual FATHERS married to the mothers of all their babies, going to work and working everyday and thus investing in the futures of their family and children in a tangible, constructive, and profitable way?
The combination of lower than average mean IQ, family and social pathology, negative expectations and predatory politics does seem to doom many of these children to lives that are nasty, brutish and often short, almost before they get started. Political correctness and racial demagoguery make it next to impossible to discuss and address these problems effectively. Pathetic "programs" like Black Manhood and the ridiculous practice of parsing history for examples of individuals with black skin color who have (nevertheless!) amounted to something are close to criminal in their stupidity and ineffectiveness.
Stern measures are called for. The equivalent of "reform schools" should be established and all students and their families of all colors informed at the start of each school year that skipping school, disrespecting teachers, causing problems on campus, foul language, fights and refusal to learn would result in immediate mandatory transfer to such highly regimented and supervised institutions where the students would live as well as study. Parents who refused to cooperate would be arrested and sent to prison for child neglect or the children would be removed from their custody and made wards of the state. Measures such as these, which of course will never even be proposed, much less enacted, would solve the problems to the degree that they are soluble. They will never, ever happen. Instead we will be subjected to more guilt trips, complaints, demands for more taxpayer revenue for preposterous and counter-productive programs, more Leftist materialist social engineering schemes, etc etc etc.
Children can and should be raised correctly. If the parents are unable or unwilling to do the job, the state has a responsibility to the children as well as to itself to intervene to see that proper values are taught and adequate education is acquired.
"How about putting pressure on men, especially black men, to be good fathers to their sons."
These women aren´t interested in the sperm donating men any more than they are about the children once they get beyond early childhood and get shuffled off to big mama. These children serve several purposes, from social trophies and "baby doll" playthings, to the sources of increased income, especially once they hit the SSI "crazy money" jackpot. None of the above requires an education.
But the blame will never be placed where it rightly belongs.......modern liberalism. Liberalism broke down the black family thru the entitlement culture that encouraged single mother families. Liberalism gave blacks excuses for doing substandard work. Liberalism gave blacks their affirmative action. Liberal Democrats sacrificed blacks for political gain. It´s as simple as that. But the black voters just keep coming back for more. So let them finally sleep in the bed they made for themselves. I don´t have time for them anymore. To hell with them.
I´m always amused by the contrasting TV portrayal of black men. The Lordly, Saintly, Cool, All-wise, humbly masculine but gentle black man in ALL the letter network shows and ALL the TV ads and their alter-egos in the reality crime shows like 48 Hours.
At the age of 3, we have provided Head Start, at age 5 public school and still they fail. They grow up like wolf cubs, no nurturing, no books in the home, no parent reading to them, no one teaching them the alphabet. All that´s left is to remove them and put them in group homes where they would have a better chance at a life. If the mother is under 18, and there is no father in the home, remove the child. It would probably cost less in the long run.
Clearly we all have a direct interest in educating our children so that they can become productive members of society. But where is the responsibility of the families in which these children live?
It makes no sense whatsoever that a little boy in kindergarten would believe he is going to be a failure? How could he even have a concept of what a failure or success is? This is nuts.
It appears that Head Start is a complete waste of time and only a babysitting program. One can assume that most of these children of color begin Head Start at age three. So they come the first day, not having been read to or taught shapes or colors.
Perhaps we need to put these children in classes with four or five to a class, and require x number of hours of their parents time in helping to teach them.
If this is the case in the great and glorious California, what is it like in the despised red southern states?
#2- A liberal family therapist/ social worker who was once my coworker announced at a staff meeting one day that "racism hurts babies in the womb." (This is technically true since racist planned parenthood targets black babies for abortion... but that´s not what she meant, of course.) She actually said black babies are born victims. I am not kidding. She cited some study that said black women who are pregnant and feel they are being treated unfairly because they are black, have increased stress hormones which in turn increase some sort of stress hormone in the unborn baby. You can´t make this stuff up...
Perhaps rather than teaching them to color in the lines we should be instructing them on how to hike their freaking pants up and learning to like some other music other than that gangster rap crap...oh but I digress
My money´s on culture, two key elements of which are work, and family structure. At the time of the Harlem Renaissance ----an historic upsurge in African-American creativity in the arts, music, drama, literature, scholarship and civic leadership --- 90% of the black children in Harlem lived in intact-- married-- mother´n´father households.
You don´t know whether to weep, or to smash something.
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