thinking behind why
Black America remains stuck in the often neck-deep mud and sludge of
American bullshit is complicated, yet simple. Blacks remain the
unwanted and unwelcomed, consistently encountering blatant
discrimination and exclusion and constantly facing the widespread
unspoken anti-Black philosophy which is practiced and maintained by
“White America” - we’re not really Americans and
thus not worthy of investing in via a solid, formal education.
I am one who doesn’t believe in deluding myself. I’m not
going to sit at your table and watch you eat, with nothing on my
plate, and call myself a diner. Sitting at the table doesn’t
make you a diner, unless you eat some of what’s on that plate.
Being here in America doesn’t make you an American. Being born
here in America doesn’t make you an American. Why, if birth
made you American, you wouldn’t need any legislation; you
wouldn’t need any amendments to the Constitution; you wouldn’t
be faced with civil-rights filibustering in Washington, D.C., right
now. They don’t have to pass civil-rights legislation to make a
Pollack an American.
we are a people trying to do more than merely survive; we’re
attempting to thrive, while living behind
the belly of global white supremacy. The nation’s President
might as well be the Grand Pooh-Bah of the Knights of the Invisible
this being our situation, begrudgingly half-tolerated, consistently
as humans, now, today, is the time for Black folks to stop allowing a
largely cold, disconnected and disinterested White America to
orchestrate the pubic educational system in which we place what
ought-be our most valuable asset, our children.
fools we are.
the United States educational system is being redesigned and rebuilt.
Now is the moment in history in which Black America could abandon a
system that abandoned us decades ago, create a national online K-12
educational system strategically constructed to serve Black children.
is an opportunity for Black America to end the abrogation of our
responsibility to educate and enlighten our children, prepare them
for life, for the
that life can be. We can take that responsibility out of the cold,
callus, sometimes disconnected and disinterested hands of teachers,
coaches, administrators, counselors and educators who don’t
view and value Black students as they should. Those backing Trump are
greater in number within the field of public education than most
think. They bring a Trump-supporting mindset to the school, which is
the 180 degree opposite of what Black students need: the
coast-to-coast establishment of an online educational system uniquely
crafted for Black people, which can utilize the best of cutting-age
technology and advancements in the educational process, and
incorporating some of the best academicians and utilizing advanced
not bring together some of the sharpest minds in this industry,
experts in their respective arena, and create an apparatus better
than the failed system with which most of Black Americans struggle?
Roughly only 14% of Black Americans complete college and attain a
Bachelor’s degree, primarily because they enter college
not unprepared and not nearly ready to hit the ground running like
their White and Asian peers. We come out of high school years
in reading, writing, math and science skills as compared with
suburban white Kids. It’s unfair. And we don’t want to
hear it but our social skills and interests, paired with our
interpersonal communication tools and skills, can sometimes match our
academic skills. This complicates our own individual lives.
under-prepared for life translates into showing up at a gunfight with
a corkscrew or a piece of chalk.
could be higher. We could be more “intellectually woke” –
let’s just be blunt here. The rank n’ file mainstream
Black students in America, the average student, that is, 65 % to 75%
of black students receive the bare minimum standard public education.
Let’s not lie to ourselves. The system equips most with the
bare necessities needed to survive. To “thrive” is to
achieve. Asking everyone to go from “rags to riches” with
no real academic platform is cold, mean spirited and despicable, but
it is business as usual for the American public school system when it
comes to educating, training, preparing and enlightening Black
public school educational process for Black students is a “token
change to better education translates into coupling committed
teachers with parents who’ll give a damn about preparing their
Black student to compete and prosper in college, trade and technical
schools, and ultimately in the post-college workplace, where we all
strive to attain our goals, hopes and dreams.
can be done right, let’s do it!
Black Americans, let’s remove the vast majority of our
“endangered” students from a system which under-serves,
if not fails them. Change the environment where most of the staff,
faculty and administration look nothing like them. It’s
irrelevant what major school systems were talking about, Dallas, New
York, LA, Denver, Omaha, Albuquerque, Birmingham, Portland –
they’ve the same identical ills and woes – Black children
are unsuccessfully prepared for academic success by mostly, vastly,
take the naturally gifted and the hard working over-achievers and
place them in an environment where what we have is Black
steel sharpening Black steel – a
situational relationship in which teacher and pupil are cut from the
same cloth and on the same page, have shared experiences in life -
connect, relate, identify, sympathize, link and bond.
offense, but after twenty years working in a major school district,
having two kids go through two different systems, knowing the history
of this nation, and understanding the divisive and polarized racial
situation in contemporary USA - it’s naive, reckless, careless
and in some cases detrimental to Black children to leave them
warehoused in a system which is under-educating them as a whole.
to prison is real!
Black kids are sadly “prepared” to work at Walt-Mart, the
Mall, the grocery store, while others walk out headed straight to
jail, and still others end up six feet deep within ten years or so -
a large chunk unprepared for life, struggling to merely survive,
unequipped to make it, forced to work dead-end gigs their entire
frustrated lives. No real skills to pay the bills and buy the meals
in a cutthroat capitalistic job market, which is pimp-ish
at best. Exploitation
is the name of the game. When you are twenty-five, thirty-five,
forty-five, or fifty-five-years-old and possess the academic skills
of a high school sophomore, you don’t have a lot of good
occupational choices and options in the workplace.
America - seize the moment!!!