You may notice many of my posts address the problems and social pathology faced by blacks in our country. I do this for good reason. I so want to see black people in our country succeed and live normal lives; and many are. However, I go to work every day and witness first hand, an entire generation of black youth throwing their lives away as they emulate and worship thugs, mysoginists, and moral turpitude. In fact, one of La Shawn Barber's more recent posts quoted a black columnist who explained it best. Speaking of yet another bout of violence during a celebrity hip-hop event at a nightclub, the columnist stated,
Viewed through the racist eye, events of this nature serve only to lend credence to the notion that blacks deserve none of the rights and freedoms that our ancestors struggled and died to earn for us, because our race is inherently incapable of civility. Examined in broader context, they speak to the current state of the African-American psyche in a culture unmatched at pandering to its lowest common denominator.In the same post, Ms. Barber candidly sums up her thoughts about what blacks in America need to do. Please keep in mind, this is a black female talking:
If American blacks, as a group, don’t start: 1) marrying before they have children, 2) stigmatizing illegitimacy as they once did, 3) ostracizing immorality and decadency, 4) holding themselves accountable for their children’s low educational achievement, 5) shunning criminality, and 6) resisting the “racism” hustle — moral decay, social pathologies, underachievement, and other ills will define the “black community.”As long as I watch such a disproportionate number of the black students I teach do their damndest to emulate the "lowest common denominator", I will continue to do all I can to demonstrate to them (and students of all colors), that they don't have to hobble themselves with their dress, speech, and behavior. I will never stop telling them to pull up their pants, conjugate their verbs, and tell them that it is not acceptable to backtalk me, until the day it no longer becomes necessary. As a teacher, I owe them that much.
And thug culture will be the perverse crown jewel sitting at the top.
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