Recently, I had the honor
of being in communication with a Black woman who is a feminist,
a political activist, a
college instructor, a Ph.D., and a prolific published writer.
She reminded me of a serious and unacceptable crisis being perpetuated
by white America against Black and other youth of color in America
on college and university campuses, all in the name of racial
equality and gender parity. All of my quotes in this article
are from this aforementioned sister, unless otherwise specifically
To be blunt, the fact is, today we Black and other people of color are having
to deal with systematic educational apartheid on the high school, and
especially college, and university levels throughout America. This applies
to both instructors and students alike. The reality is that there is a "blackout" of
for-real, serious, tell-it-like-it-is Black instructors, in addition to Brown,
Red, and Yellow instructors, who are attempting to teach our youth the truth
about ourselves, our histories, and our ongoing intensified
struggles today. The recent despicable political and academic lynching by white
America of Indigenous professor Ward Churchill represents precisely what is
being deliberately carried out in high schools, colleges, and universities
throughout the United States of America, against Black, Red, and Brown students.
As the above-mentioned prolific Black sister recently stated regarding so
many hypocritical, white apartheid lynchers in academia, "For the last
seven years or so, they have become vicious about protecting their narrative of
innocence. They do not want me or any radical near white
students and certainly not near the black students who come to higher ed[ucation]
thinking that they have it made and refuse to challenge racism.
Black faculty, the few left, capitulate so as not to lose their
jobs, homes, cars, and expensive clothes! Worse, whites have taken over Black studies
and white women teach and write (they have control over the journals) about black women
authors...there are white chairs of African Americans studies
and white women have taken hold of Black women's literature as if it is their
own. Black women or men who bring the history of oppression and resistance,
bring a political consciousness to academia, or what they call 'an attitude'
are not wanted." Indeed, this is "an insidious
way to annihilate Black people."
Thanks to the economic, social, and cultural racism of this
nation, it is difficult enough to have many of our Black, Brown,
and Red youth even finish high school
and successfully continue on through college and/or university. Yet, plantation
academia in the America of the 21st century has intensified in its insipid
efforts to miseducate and destroy our youth and destroy their political,
cultural, and social consciousness. The very survival of our peoples is at
stake in this matter. The best and most effective way to protect our youth
and our young people is to tell them the truth. Tell them what they are up
against and what they must challenge and change in order to ensure our survival.
Our very humanity is at stake in this struggle.
It is no wonder, then, that our adolescents, our twenty-somethings, and
even many of our thirty-somethings, etc., do not know the important, sweet,
powerful essence of what it really means 'to be Black,' [reference Black
Commentator :To Be Black In America: An Unflinching Necessity, April 19, 2007,
Issue 226 ] today - in 21st century America.
Plantation America is a reality on our blocks,
in our communities, and in the institutions throughout this nation,
whose goal is consistently to misinform our peoples and continually
instill a sense of ignorance, disunity, and self-hatred in Black,
Brown, and Red people, while simultaneously putting forth the
fallacious notion of white America's innocence.
Harriet Tubman, Frederick Douglass, Mary McCleod Bethune, and
so many others did not struggle for our people to be miseducated;
we will not sit idly
back and allow this to be carried out against our people in the 21st century.
We must give and demonstrate true knowledge of self, discipline, and
revolutionary love to our youth, not to mention a huge daily dose
to ourselves. The realness of this is self evident.
It is the obligation, duty, and necessity of us in Black America to challenge
and confront Plantation America, its 21st century male and female masters
and mistresses, as we seek to build a better tomorrow for ourselves, and
all for our offspring. This is the meaning of keeping it real in this context:
doing all that we can to struggle against the miseducation of our youth.
They are, after all, the posterity for which we struggle; ultimately it
they who save or allow this planet to be doomed. Contrary to racist myth,
the essence of Black Power ultimately will be to guide humankind, kicking
if necessary, in concert with other peoples of color toward fulfilling its
own humanity. Miseducation will simply not be accepted for ourselves as Black
people, or anyone else.
The struggle continues.
another view of the education issue, check out Dr. L. Jean
Our Resistance column this week entitled: Black
Face in the Halls of Higher Education.
BlackCommentator.com Columnist Larry Pinkney is a veteran of the Black
Panther Party, the former Minister of Interior of the Republic
of New Africa, a former political prisoner and the only American
to have successfully self-authored his civil/political rights
case to the United Nations under the International Covenant
on Civil and Political Rights. Click
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