Monday, April 28, 2008

The Revagogue makes the KKK proud

Spoken like a true Klansman! The Reverend Jeremiah Wright talked about all kinds of bizarre subjects during his speech to the NAACP in Detroit the other night. As a teacher, the brain-to-mouth dump that caught my attention most was Wright's theories about differences in learning. This extended quote from Wright's speech is taken verbatim from a transcript of the speech that was posted by CNN. All parenthetical statements and emphasis on the wackiness are mine:
...It was in Dr. Hale's first book, "Black Children their Roots, Culture and Learning Style." Is Dr. Hale here tonight? We owe her a debt of gratitude. Dr. Hale showed us that in comparing African-American children and European-American children in the field of education, we were comparing apples and rocks. (The E-A children are rocks?)

And in so doing, we kept coming up with meaningless labels like EMH, educable mentally handicapped, TMH, trainable mentally handicapped, ADD, attention deficit disorder.

And we were coming up with more meaningless solutions like reading, writing and Ritalin. Dr. Hale's research led her to stop comparing African-American children with European-American children and she started comparing the pedagogical methodologies of African-American children to African children and European-American children to European children. And bingo, she discovered that the two different worlds have two different ways of learning. European and European-American children have a left brained cognitive object oriented learning style and the entire educational learning system in the United States of America. Back in the early '70s, when Dr. Hale did her research was based on left brained cognitive object oriented learning style. Let me help you with fifty cent words.

Left brain is logical and analytical. Object oriented means the student learns from an object. From the solitude of the cradle with objects being hung over his or her head to help them determine colors and shape to the solitude in a carol in a PhD program stuffed off somewhere in a corner in absolute quietness to absorb from the object. From a block to a book, an object. That is one way of learning, but it is only one way of learning.

African and African-American children have a different way of learning.

They are right brained, subject oriented in their learning style. Right brain that means creative and intuitive. Subject oriented means they learn from a subject, not an object. They learn from a person. Some of you are old enough, I see your hair color, to remember when the NAACP won that tremendous desegregation case back in 1954 and when the schools were desegregated. They were never integrated. When they were desegregated in Philadelphia, several of the white teachers in my school freaked out. Why? Because black kids wouldn't stay in their place. Over there behind the desk, black kids climbed up all on them.... (Lord forbid that the black kids are held to the same standard of behavior as the white kids)
Next, I expected the good Reverend to get out a slide rule and begin measuring noses like some German Nazi elementary schoolteacher in 1935. Haven't white commentators been fired for pointing out differences in blacks and whites? Wasn't author Charles Murray demonized for saying very similar utterances in his book, The Bell Curve? When Wright says the same thing, he is ooohed and aaaahed by the adoring, mostly black, crowd, and then given multiple ovations. In what kind of looking glass world are we living?

So to review. I believe that what the Revagogue is trying to say is that we white people are cold, calculating, and logical, while black people are warm, and feeling, and emotional. This reminds me of that kook professor Leonard Jefferies and his theory about blacks being "Sun People" and whites being "Ice People." Same crap, different package.

Keep on talking Reverend Wright; you mire Obama's candidacy with every word that leaves your profane tongue.

Good Day to You, Sir

1 comment:

The Vegas Art Guy said...

It's Pharisee Wright, not Reverend Wright. Make sure to note that for future use.