Black People : Education=Prosperity

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  1. jvbzook

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    "Education, the Key to Prosperity."

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    When are, we, as a people, going to start working with our youth to eliminate the lies that are fed to them by the media that prevent them from achieving to their fullest potential? When are we, going to stand up and fight the idea, pervasive in our youth, that if you are excelling in school, in advanced classes and dominating (academically) you classmates, you are “acting white”. This idea is absurd! Throughout history, we have pushed education when it was forbidden upon pain of death! Even during Jim Crow, we created over 150 colleges to serves our children when the mainstream ones refused to let us in. When mainstream businesses refused our money, we became entrepreneurs and set up thriving districts such as Little Hayti in Durham, North Carolina and Black Wall Street in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This all happened, because we educated ourselves, either formally or informally!!

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    Now, after our people fought to open doors to the mainstream of American intellectual life, a thief come in the night to steal the victory and perseverance from our kids; the idea that academic excellence is “acting white”, our ridicule of our brothers and sisters who strive for educational and professional excellence. As they go forward in their academic accomplishments, we have Black idiots taunting them with the label “acting white.” Do not confuse professionalism or academic excellence with “acting white.” One has nothing in the world to do with the other. In fact, those Black folks who do not encourage nor support their fellow Black students or Black businesses are actually the ones “acting white.” They also act white when they do not sound their objections or defend against other races that denigrate their Black brothers and sisters, or when they mistreat their own Black people with the same lies, injustice and incorrectness as white supremacist do. Those who are accusing other of “Acting white,” are simply being ******ish, or, put a better way “stupid”, themselves!

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    I issue a challenge to everyone! Check you state’s, your individual district’s, your child’s school’s status on proficiency tests. You will see a great gap in the performance of black and white students. Check the ACT, SAT, AP, and other tests. With affirmative action about to go off into history and the standards rising, we must reaffirm our intellectual tradition. Start reading (newspaper, books, magazines, etc., use the public library, etc.). As a special treat, give your kids gifts certificates for bookstores. Take your children to museums, galleries, parks, etc. We must challenge the idea promulgated through BET and throughout history that all we do is play sports and rap!!

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  2. KWABENA

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    We all must keep the Youth close to us.

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    When i was in school excxelling in class was not considered acting white. who says that black kids think that? i went to an inner city school, there were kids that did there work and some that did not, it was the same at the white highschool i attended.

    this is a ploy by whites IN THE MAINSTREAM PRESS,

    and for the record THERE IS SUCH THING AS ACTING WHITE. THOSE ARE THE ONES WHO GROW UP TO BE COLIN POWEEL, CONDALEEZA RICE, AND CLEARANCE THOMAS!!!!!!!!

    LAST BUT NOT LEAST GOING TO COLLEGE DOES NOT MEAN PROSPERITY, I DROPPED OUT AND BOUGHT A HOUSE WITH THAT COLLEGE MONEY. UNLESS YOU ARE STUDYING LAW, CHEMISTRY,MEDICINE ECT. IT IS NOT 100% NECESSARY TO ATTEND COLLEGE. I THINK WE SHOULD STOP BRAINWASHING OUR KIDS TO THINK THEY CANNOT MAKE IT WITH OUT COLLEGE.

    MY TOWNHOUSE APPRECIATED 25% IN ONE YEAR, i PUT $25,000 IN MY POCKET, LETS SEE A DEGREE DO THAT.
     
  4. Riada

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    This is such a MAJOR issue in our community now and WHY would anyone be questioning whether Black folks should get more education is just beyond me. I'm prepared to do battle here with ANYONE who tries to minimize the importance of more education by calling it the "white man's" education or other crap. It seems that some segments of Black folks just continue to try to lead each other off a cliff by steadily blowing a death trumpet.

    Now here's one of my values: More education is better than less education.

    More education should be the goal but if a person doesn't reach the goal that they strive for, they're a heck of a lot better off than if they hadn't even reached for the goal at all. Notice I didn't say what kind of education because I think more of ALL kinds of it is better than less of it.

    Another thing that is a value of mine is: effectively handling the English language. Just because you can read, speak, and write standard English doesn't mean you're "acting white." I had a disagreement with a sistah this weekend who didn't want to go out with a black guy she met because she said he talked like a white guy and she said that others in her social circle would be laughing at him. Never mind that the guy really liked her. I mean this situation among us has really just gone beyond the crisis point.
     
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    Na, this isn't a media ploy this is a serious problem. A slew of black authors have written about it...do the homework.

    I think it is yet another negative effect from integration, but there's no point in minimizing it. We should be brainstorming about solutions.

    While I don't agree that education alone equals prosperity I agree wholeheartedly with the sentiment (and visual technique) of the thread starter.
     
  6. EL PAPI LEANDO

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    JVB, Riada and Kemetkind, I am with you in support of the idea that education is a key to prosperity, though clearly not the end all.

    Two things: What kind of education are we talking about? Institutional/Academy or Life Experience and frequent trips to the library?

    Secondly, how are we defining just exactly WHAT prosperity is? Is it to be defined ONLY in material and monetary posssessions, or Is it to be defined holistically as health, wealth, inner-peace and happiness?
     
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    ...Now you see why I whole-heartedly believe in us Building our Own Schools, Own Curriculums, etc. We are killing our youth when we allow them to go through Generations of European Institutionalization. It's like unto Homocide of their part; Genocide on ours.

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