I chose black leadership - I mean Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson are pretty much a given as failed leadership but it is so much more than that. I am talking about parents, teachers, businessmen, ect. they are all failing the younger generation.
Long story short, I attended a ultra poor predominantly black school for a year when I was 12. I observed quite a few differences from what I was used to in both school facility and students. The first thing that I noticed was they were lagging very far behind in the curriculum being taught. They were teaching things I had covered 2-3+ years prior, I felt like I was in 3rd grade again and not the 6th. I was amazed at just how far behind they were. This gave me ample time to be more observant of the environment and some of the things I noticed were the attitudes of both teachers and students were remarkably different. The teachers (which were also black) seemed to talk down to the students and acted as if they were attempting to train a rock. They showed very little inspiration or expectation out of their students. It was if they felt they were wasting their time and they were just going threw the motions.
The students themselves had a different outlook. Many (not all) seemed to view education as a waste of time that it would not benefit them in life. They seemed to believe that their lives were pre determined and that they would live the same lives that their parents lived which was a very poor life with seemingly no opportunities to better it. It appeared to them that school was simply something they were forced to do and they did not strive to excel at it. They did as little as they could get by with.
A few of the boys (dare I say maybe even a majority) in my class were eager to let everyone know that they were already gang members who sold drugs for a living and an education was not relevant to their lives. Their aspirations in life never went beyond that.
So I blame the black leaders within the community (or lack of) for failing to set and show examples of success and the importance of education and striving to become something better. Until hope is shown to them I feel each generation will largely be lost.
Last edited by Baralis; 06-13-14 at 03:09 PM.
and they are) and the highest percentage of convicted felons are minorities, that would indicate a disproportionate focus by the legal/enforcement system on minorities.
Welfare (Food Stamps, WIC, etc...) are not entitlements. They are taxpayer funded handouts and shouldn't be called entitlements at all. Social Security and Veteran's benefits are 'Entitlements' because the people receiving them are entitled to them. They were earned and paid for by the recipients.