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  • Nome Governo: Michael Key
  • Registre Número: K-54135
  • Idade:37
  • Time Served:15+ anos
  • Home Town:Chicago, IL
  • Sentença:VIDA
  • Corrente de carga:Assassinato, Tentativa de homicídio, Armed Robbery, Home Invasion
  • Pseudônimo:Mike G
  • Data de Lançamento:N / A
  • Afiliação prisão:Discípulo Gangster
  • Círculo de Influência:Kenneth Key
  • Instituição:Stateville Correctional Center
  • If you always do what you’ve always done, then you’ll always get what you’ve always gotten.

The Mis-Education of Black Children

“The marvel of the living mind is that when it is illumined it can move into uncharted territories. It is enabled to take this step not out of reaction to the hurts of the past, but through the miracle of liberation from them…”

-Indira Gandhi

I read somewhere that “one of the highest most universal freedom in the world is the freedom to educate your children to live free.” But that is a freedom consistently, systematically and viciously denied the children of African descent in America. I tried to find fault in the statement, but could not! Our children generally attend the worst, lowest performing, poorest schools in the nation, with teachers that are so ill-equipped and poorly trained that I ask myself, why did they choose teaching in the first place?

I say all the time, America cares nothing for our children. If it did, how do you explain the disproportionate numbers of Black children who are suspended, expelled, and arrested in school compared to White children, or any other child for that matter? How many mass shootings have we seen in suburban schools in the last ten years? Now think about how many mass shootings there have been in inner-city urban schools. How is it possible that a student is able to enter a school armed to the teeth and execute five, ten, fifteen students? Where were the metal detectors and armed security guards that we see in our children’s schools?

Rather than our children being prepared to compete with the best and the brightest, they walk to school in fear and many are even more afraid of the people who are supposed to protect them. A danger that is greatly exaggerated I might add. Inner-city schools have become authoritarian institutions focused on control, very similar to prisons, where students are made to suffer psychological abuse before they’ve even entered the classroom. Then you have teachers who struggle and are often too out of touch with their students’ reality to make things any better. They too are focused on control, but more importantly they’re in an environment that stifles their potential and creativity.

According to the U.S. Department of Education 20% of Black boys are suspended each year, more than any other race. Black girls are 12-times more likely than girls of other races to be suspended from school, and like Black boys, are disproportionately subjected to police violence in and outside of the classroom. This violence is not just delegated to young Black girls at the hands of the police, but Black women as a whole. Black women account for 20% of the women killed by police since 1999, despite being only 7% of the population.

Remember that stifling of potential and creativity I spoke of earlier? You can blame that bogus ass No Child Left Behind Act. And do you wonder why your child doesn’t know anything about his or her heritage, outside of the fact that you haven’t taught them? It’s because they don’t teach it in the schools. The authors and publishers of their history books s refer to the transatlantic slave trade as nothing more than a “migration of African workers.” No wonder our children are so disconnected from their heritage. If you’re interested in who the publisher is, it McGraw Hill. (They have since updated books after public outcry)

When McGraw-Hill was called upon to change that false and misleading description of what Blacks went through and how they first arrived to these shores, they initially refused, stating the books met Federal standards. Is it any wonder that our children don’t take serious the true dangers they face? Overall there are very few Black teachers, especially Black men, and most teachers regardless of race are not trained to thoroughly and accurately teach Black history. There’s more to Black history than the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and Rosa Parks.

What of Marcus Garvey, Frederick Douglass, W.E.B. Du Bois, Carter G. Woodson, Cedric R. Robinson, Ida B. Wells and the list goes on and on. There are many Black leaders, scholars, innovators, and freedom fighters whose struggles to achieve our children need to know about. Em vez, our children are led to believe in the White saviors and that all our opportunities and accomplishments are because of them. As if there wasn’t strong, educated Blacks and thriving African civilizations before slavery. As if we didn’t command not one, not two, but three of the world’s greatest empires and many, many more great nations.

And if you’ve heard me say some of this before, so what? My dad tells me all the time that reiteration is the key to not only learning but also retention, so you may very well hear some of this again.

No fechamento, I recommend the PBS series “Many Rivers to Cross.” Sit down with your grandparents and children, and get a full measure of who you are and where you come from.

I leave you with a quote from Carter G. Woodson’s O Mis-Education of the Negro, “History shows that it does not matter who is in power, of what revolutionary forces take over the government, those who have not learned to do for themselves and have to depend solely on others never obtain any more rights or privileges in the end than they XXX in the beginning.” (1933)

I leave as I came … in the vision of knowledge, sabedoria, e compreensão. LEVANTARÁ!!!


One response to “The Mis-Education of Black Children”

  1. C says:

    Buddha saidno one saves us but ourselves. No one can and no one may. We ourselves must walk the path.

    Be good to stop watching tv, they show you who they want you to be. let other people shape you, who you gonna blame? people are looking for something to save them. Save yourself, walk that hard road.

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