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  • just a conservative girl 7:25 AM on 06/30/2013 Permalink | Reply
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    “Black English” and Low Expectations 

    “It’s been a little scary. Sometimes it’s like she’s speaking Hungarian, and he’s speaking Cantonese. She’s been articulate, just in a different kind of English than mainstream English, she’s speaking Black English. Everything she says, where you can see the Twittersphere, or people I know thinking she’s making a grammatical mistake. If a Martian came down and the Martian happened to be in South-Central rather than in Grand Rapids, the Martian would have as hard a time figuring out how this dialect worked as any other. She said in the clip that ‘I had told you.’ Many people are thinking, ‘why is she using that?’ That’s Black English.”

    So says a talking head on MSNBC when discussing the testimony of Rachel Jeantel.  A network that prides itself on being for the “little guy” and champion for minorities.  Really?  This is sticking up for minorities?  This is championing the cause of the inner city blacks?  I think not.  This is nothing but a huge insult as well-being more proof that the liberal mindset that they need special dispensation because obviously they are not able to do better.  Another words, they are too stupid.

    I have heard many making fun of her and I am certainly not going to do that.  I personally find the entire episode sad and symptomatic of what is wrong with our education system and our society that we are willing to accept this.  I don’t buy the argument that English is not her first language, she was born here.  I grew up with parents who didn’t speak English as their first language either.  But I certainly learned it and so did all the children of my parents immigrant friends.  Kids especially will pick up languages quite quickly.  Outside of that even this talking head isn’t using that as a reason.  This man is saying she is just an average black kid, talking like black kids do.  Why is this acceptable?

    This young woman will have a difficult time finding a good job.  She will likely stay in the confines of the inner cities.  But what really gets me about this is why does the black community accept this meme?  Why aren’t they up in arms over these comments?  This is saying this is about what we can expect of the black community and we just shrug and say, hey this is the culture.  Why aren’t we trying to change this culture?  Why aren’t we saying there are obvious problems and these problems need to be addressed and addressed now?

    Don’t they understand that they have been called too stupid to speak proper English?  That by accepting this, in reality they are accepting the low expectations that have cursed that community?  Lets face facts here, the black population is only around 12% of our population.  Yet somewhere around 27% of the welfare given out goes to that community.  They are living in poverty in higher numbers than others.  Isn’t this part of the reason for that?  We have accepted that they have a “culture” that allows them to speak almost incoherently in a setting such as a courtroom.  She came across as ignorant as well as outright belligerent.

    I would have felt so much better if MSNBC was screaming about how poor of an education this young woman received.  Now she is far from the only person who can’t read cursive, I asked a 16-year-old suburban white girl yesterday, and she says that she has a hard time reading it as well.  She doesn’t write that way, and her public school has done little to nothing to educate her on that type of writing.  Cursive is being taken out of public and private schools at an alarming rate, and I say it is to the detriment of our society.  It is a skill that shouldn’t be tossed aside simply because we are more of a technological society, learning how to write properly will also help with other skills such as reading and comprehending what you are reading.

    We can’t keep saying well that is just culture when it comes to these types of things.  We need to start asking why is this considered acceptable?  Why is this “just culture”?  What does this say about our culture?

    I want to make it perfectly clear, that I am not making fun of this young woman.  Exactly the opposite.  I think we need to do something that stops promoting this meme and stop coming out with comments like this is “Black English”.  We shouldn’t be accepting that the simple act of speaking is done along racial lines in this country.  We should have but one “English” in this country.

    My advice to Ms. Jeantel is to go to your local public library, they normally have some sort of class that can be taken at no charge to address your language deficiencies.  Then you won’t have to accept whatever job you can find and just get by.  Sadly, the talking heads at MSNBC seem to think that is all you are qualified for.  With a little help and motivation on your part, I think you can prove them wrong.

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    • Ike 8:43 AM on 06/30/2013 Permalink | Reply

      Your advice is wasted on this young woman and the hundreds of thousands of young men and women in America who are like her. She cannot read well enough to benefit from any program that requires reading with understanding – what is reading without understanding?? – at the age of 19 she and those in her situation are locked into a trained inability to learn, an unwillingness to change and a blindness to the reality of life outside of her neighborhood. Indeed, she has no interest in any other life, has only contempt for the taxpayers – black and white – who pay for her expenses … in short, she is willfully ignorant, stubbornly sullen and sees no reason to change her ways. Just as the Black Congresswomen – sorry, forgot her name – who was criticizing the GOP because they “…want blacks to get a job to pay for their babies food.” They live in a different world from the real one and there is no reaching them. A full generation – 30 years – of public education re-structured into indoctrination has produced these folks and I see no way to even begin to integrate them into American society, let alone give them the tools to use to help themselves. In case you missed it, they don’t want to help themselves and don’t want help; only welfare. “Oh, brave new world, that has such people in it.”

  • just a conservative girl 8:14 AM on 03/15/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black community, homeschooling, jammie wearing fool, , ,   

    Homeschooling Reaching the Black Communities 

    A dirty little secret that you won’t find out about from the U.S. media (shocker, I know) is that more and more black families are turning to home schooling in an attempt to give their children the education that they deserve.  While I am sure it is very difficult in the more urban areas where the public schools are especially atrocious, it is still a growing trend.  Another thing many are probably not aware of the existence of is a homeschool cooperative dedicated to the black community.

     Monica Utsey, who runs a home schooling co-operative for African American children in Washington DC, says: “African-American mothers, especially those who have boys, have a lot of trouble in the school system. The way the classroom is designed is more conducive for girls.”

    For her, though, the main motivation was cultural – she wanted her sons to learn about their African roots and not “to believe that their history begins with slavery”

    Another words, she doesn’t want her sons to be taught that they are victims who have no real chance of succeeding because of a racist society that is America.  Derrick Bell will be rolling over in his grave.  How will the left indoctrinate these young sons who are taught they are equal human beings and have the same opportunities that their white counterparts have, they just have to work for it? Oh Al Sharpton, watch out, you may not be able to make a living peddling fear anymore.

    It is true that homeschooling is not something that will work for every family.  Some parents don’t have the discipline, the qualifications, and some children do well in a public school environment.  I know someone who has one child in public school and homeschools the other.  Her son was just not doing well in school and his teachers were not communicating that to them.  They pulled him out and have him at home.  She works full-time, but works from home most of the time.  He does much of his school work online and if she happens to be away from home she can log in and watch his progress.  She told me the difference is night and day; he is learning –eager even–and is much happier.  Her daughter has excelled in the public school and is a very social young lady, homeschooling wouldn’t suit her personality.  It is a situation that works for their family.  It is the essence of choice.  Not every parent who has that choice will pull their children out of public school.

    Of course that destroys the narrative that the public school system will crumble.  More homeschooling will make the public school system better.  Competition is a good thing.  If they need to compete for the dollars they make sure that they are giving an added benefit to the parents who are making that choice.  One of the things you hear unions complain about all the time is the fact that the class sizes are too large (they are right, they are in most cases) this will also help with this problem.  The teachers will have smaller classes and will be able to give more attention to the individual students.

    Another topic that has come up with these homeschoolers is how they resent that teachers now are only teaching to the test (Thanks Sen. Kennedy and President Bush).  The evil of No Child Left Behind has left children behind.  The school systems are under so much financial pressure to keep and/or improve test scores that the joy of learning has been taken out of the equation.  I am sure it is no joy for the teachers either.  But students are suffering because of this piece of lousy legislation.  Parents are seeing for themselves that their kids are losing motivation:

    It was not the violence, or even the fact that he was being bullied, that finally led to the decision to remove Copeland from his public school in what she describes as a “really bad area” of Washington DC, but the fact that he was “losing his love of learning”.

    Of course this little boy was learning his love of learning – which by the way, is innate in a child – if he is being bullied, seeing violence, and being taught only to a standardized test.
    The shift to homeschooling has been much slower for the black community than for the white.  They are under even more pressure to keep pretending that the public school system has their child’s best interests at heart:
    “For the African-American community there was a huge amount of pressure against it, because in America, the grandparents of today’s home-schooled children fought for desegregation of schools. They thought, ‘The public schools are going to save us,'” he says.

    But Dr Ray, who regularly interviews black home-schoolers as part of his research, says attitudes are changing fast – and it’s also a lot easier today for black families to try it than it was 20 years ago, he points out.

    Joyce Burges, co-founder of National Black Home Educators, who home-schooled all five of her children, aged 16 to 35, says the practice is growing “exponentially” in the African American community.

    “The failings of public schools have caused all of us, whether we are white or black, to come up with creative ideas about how we can educate children.

    It is way past time that the black community push back and stop accepting the failing status quo that has become our public school system and take matters into their own hands.  Stop listening to the stories of the past generation that believed that it was going to be public schools that solved the ills of the black community.  Access is meaningless if the school is failing.  Your children will be much better off for it.

    H/T Jammie Wearing Fool

     
  • just a conservative girl 11:40 PM on 02/16/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: , black community, , sanger   

    Stat of the Day – Abortion in the Black Community 

    Abortion killed at least 203,991 blacks in the 36 states and two cities (New York City and the District of Columbia) that reported abortions by race in 2005, according to the CDC. During that same year, according to the CDC, a total of 198,385 blacks nationwide died from heart disease, cancer, strokes, accidents, diabetes, homicide, and chronic lower respiratory diseases combined.

    Read it and weep.  It looks like Sanger is getting what she was after when she created Planned Parenthood; death to the black community.

     
    • Ike 2:24 PM on 02/17/2012 Permalink | Reply

      And the pity of it? No one is killing their babies, except themselves. And the political leaders of the Black Community? They continue to get the benefits of their fathers’ ‘deal with the devil’ in the 1950’s and ’60’s with the Democratic Party: gerrymandered ‘safe’ districts, DOJ enforcement of those districts via the VRA, the national media turning a blind eye toward their corruption and outright crimes, and their share of the money from the federal government’s budget both personally, their families and to their political friends. Just like the white politicians, they loot while their people rot. Not enough shame to go around, I guess.

  • just a conservative girl 4:25 PM on 01/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: black community, , , , race card, , social issues   

    Tavis Smiley Getting a Taste of the Race Card 

    Tavis Smiley, a favorite of mine, is getting a taste of the leftist use of the race card.  Smiley is an activist for issues within the black community.  He wants the issues of poverty and high unemployment addressed.  While he and I agree on that, we strongly disagree with ways in which to accomplish them.  When I talk about the president and how his policies are failing, I get called a racist.  

    Well, Mr. Smiley is seeing how annoying it is to have your dissent thrown back in your face.  Smiley was scheduled to be a speaker at a celebration remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King and he has been summarily dismissed.  Why?  He has been critical of the president.  

    It doesn’t seem to matter that Smiley has a point and the needs of the black community have not been addressed under this administration.  The unemployment numbers are reaching historical proportions, the levels of people becoming dependent upon food stamps is growing and has long since reached record numbers.  

    The latest numbers are that more than 26% of those on food stamps are black, while they only make up 12.6% of the total population.  That is a staggering number.  Smiley has the right to be outraged at these numbers.  The black community is falling further behind, partially due to the ‘great recession”.  

    But, apparently, he is not allowed to say so.  Heaven forbid a left leaning black man say anything against “The One”.  The great black hope, that has done nothing to deserve that title.  He has done nothing to help that community address the real issues that are plaguing them.  Of course he is the president of the entire country, but there were expectations of what he would do for the black community.  

    Both he and Michelle have not really addressed some of the real issues.  Poor educational choices (oh, that’s right, they don’t believe in choice except when it comes to abortion), rising unemployment, 72% of all children are born to single mothers.  Study after study has shown that babies born into single homes are far more likely to face a life of poverty and are less likely to get a college degree.  Without a good education the chances of lifting yourself out of poverty become almost non-existent.  None of these issues have been addresses by the first family.  

    It has been extremely disappointing to see the first black president who by all appearances has a close family unit not addressing the problems within their own community.  He has the perfect platform to stand up and talk about being involved in your child’s life.  He grew up without a dad, he knows how that can affect a child.  He knows how that can affect the financial stability within a family.  Yet he says very little.  Michelle should be out making these points, yet she has chosen to worry about obesity.  Not fitness, but obesity.  She has chosen to help create one size fits all government programs to address these issues and force the non obese to comply to them as well.  She spends little to no time addressing the family unit.  

    Well Tavis, welcome to my world.  Saying anything against this president means one thing and one thing only, you are a raaaaacist.  The so-called black leaders in this country are more interested in appearances than calling the president out on these issues.  Remember when Emanuel Cleaver said this?

    “If (former President) Bill Clinton had been in the White House and had failed to address this problem, we probably would be marching on the White House, there is a less-volatile reaction in the CBC because nobody wants to do anything that would empower the people who hate the president.”

    So you see Tavis, it has never been about whether the president is addressing the issues.  It is about you knowing your place.  You are not allowed to criticize his holiness.  You are not allowed to the leave the democratic plantation; pointing out that all the poor get under this president is more handouts that keep them dependent.  He is the great black hope, just ignore the fact that his hope and change has been a big fat failure.  As I said, welcome to my world.  

    As an aside, maybe Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich were not too far off about there comments there Tavis.  They just may have been on to something.

     

     
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