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7 Lies We Need to Stop Telling About Black Males
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Last week Long Island teenager Kwasi Enin captured national headlines after becoming part of an impressive club: high school seniors who have been accepted into all eight Ivy League schools. However, while many celebrated Enin's achievement, a bitter minority griped that the teenager had somehow gamed the system. The racial subtext was obvious: Enin couldn't have actually have gotten into all those schools by himself. Why? Well, because he's black.

This type of harmful and wholly inaccurate narrative has been constructed around African-American male student achievement for years. Enin is just the latest high-profile example of how it hurts all young men, high school high achievers or not, by implying that the majority of African-American boys are hopelessly behind and may never be able to narrow the achievement gap.

There are, of course, legitimate issues that African-American male students face due to a confluence of factors. But even data that show the more dire aspects of black male achievement do not exist in a vacuum, with researchers misrepresenting or not calculating for the experiences of African-American male students.

The good news is that bright spots like Enin may help raise the profile of America's African-American young men. However, there is a lot of work to be done, beginning with rethinking the way we use these seven common "facts."

Please click on the link below to learn about the 7 lies.


http://www.policymic.com/articles/87167/7-lies-we-need-to-stop-telling-about-young-african-american-men


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HMJC commented on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 11:52 AM

The other lie that needs to be addressed is that racial inequity is a two way street. The preponderance that just because you are a white male your chances for success are higher than other ethnicities is a farce. Current affirmative guidelines for minorities provide an automatic advantage. With this said my intent is not to distract from the fact that all ethnicities have the potential to excel. As long as we continue to conduct surveys to demonstrate disparity it creates an assumed excuse. Society today sees itself as a victim and their current woes have nothing to do with individual effort. Until we stop making everything about color we will truly never advance.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Thanks for the feed-back. I agree with most of it. However, I wish you could walk in my shoes or the shoes of a young black male for 1 month not a day but a month. It's not as cut and dryas one thinks. It's better but we still have a long way to go.

HMJC commented on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 12:26 PM

I may have not walked in your shoes and refuse to use the "I have lots of black friends" adage however; my 20+ years serving in the Armed Forces exposed me to just about every ethnicity you could think of. Have I seen examples of disparity? Yes... But I have also witnessed people of all walks, creeds, and color be highly esteemed and respected based on actions and character. In my era every one was one color, green... which alludes to my previous discussion about continuing to use ones color as a focal point as opposed to who you are. Ironically ignorance is colorblind and in the immortal words of Ron White, ya can't fix stupid! In order to move forward as a society and a people we will need to strive to be recognized by word and deed; not social orientation. We have made progress and I do concede that racism exists. I just think continuing to make the center of any negative situation race based is counter productive and keeps us from moving forward.

PoliticsNation commented on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 16:54 PM

HMJC-I appreciate your comments and insight.

JimmyMack commented on Thursday, Apr 10, 2014 at 19:04 PM

PN: your are an articulate Queen!!!

gacpl commented on Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 09:19 AM

as long as Current affirmative action guidelines for minorities provide an automatic advantage, they will never be seen as true equals. minorities that have busted there butts to do better and get ahead say they feel the stigma of affirmative action even though they didn't need it.

JimmyMack commented on Friday, Apr 11, 2014 at 16:47 PM

Like the SPLC, Affirmative action is necessary but needs tweaking. The problem is, in politics no one knows how to do that sort of thing. It's ALL or NOTHING.

HMJC commented on Tuesday, Apr 15, 2014 at 08:21 AM

JM you are 100% correct, we tend to use a 'blanket' fix approach instead of addressing the circumstance at the level it needs to be.


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