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Commentary: Saving Our Sons A Call to Action
Black Entertainment Television ^ | September 18, 2013 | Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)

Posted on 09/18/2013 1:20:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

The best way to honor Trayvon Martin is to work to elevate the social status of Black men and boys everywhere. It's up to us to close the opportunity gap and stop the school-to-prison pipeline, so we can, at long last, eliminate society’s negative stereotypes and — most importantly — end the crisis of negative self-perception.

Forty-two percent of Black students attend schools that are under-resourced. Young Black Americans are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug offenses than young whites — in spite of evidence showing that white kids are more likely to abuse drugs.

Taken together, these challenges have bred a psychological and cultural catastrophe: Negative self-perception. Syndicated columnist Leonard Pitts sometimes asks groups of Black students how often homicides committed against white Americans are committed by Black Americans. Many of these students — taking their cues from the nightly news — assume the figure is around 75 percent. They are often shocked to learn that the real statistic is 13 percent.

Yes, we must strengthen rules against profiling and discrimination. But we must also attack the underlying structures that breed discrimination and devastating social pressures against Black men and boys.

This week, I am convening an all-star panel of experts at the Congressional Black Caucus Foundation’s Annual Legislative Conference in Washington to identify proven strategies to improve health, education, and economic outcomes for Black men and boys. During the panel — which will feature leaders including the Rev. Al Sharpton, actor Malik Yoba, civil rights attorney Judith Browne Dianis, White House official David Johns, civil rights advocate Tracy Martin and others — I will be discussing the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project, an in-school comprehensive dropout prevention and mentoring program that I launched in Miami-Dade Public Schools 20 years ago. It has kept thousands of mostly fatherless young men away from destitution and drugs while inspiring ambition and a sense of civic responsibility.

Other panelists will describe their own experiences and ideas of how to close the opportunity gap. I am grateful for the work of the Advancement Project — which is doing work across the country to ensure children of color are placed on paths to college and careers — for its help organizing this panel.

We know what works. It’s time to put it into practice.

Members of the 5000 Role Models Project will be present in Washington for Friday’s panel. They are living testaments to the fact that young people can transform massive challenges into inspiration and achievement. For the sake of their siblings, classmates and young men and boys around the nation, we must act now.

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson represents Florida's 24th District and is a member of the House Education and Workforce Committee. A longtime educator and advocate for young people, she is the founder of the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Project

Congresswoman Wilson


TOPICS: Florida; Issues; Parties; U.S. Congress
KEYWORDS: congress; democrats; florida; trayvon
Trayvon Martin’s Brother Earns Internship with Florida Rep. Frederica Wilson

http://www.eurweb.com/2013/07/trayvon-martins-brother-earns-internship-with-florida-rep-frederica-wilson/

1 posted on 09/18/2013 1:20:16 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Forty-two percent of Black students attend schools that are under-resourced.

Ahhhh, the not-so-blatant call for mo' money!

2 posted on 09/18/2013 1:25:35 PM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Saving Our Sons – A Call to Action

First step - turn off B.E.T.

3 posted on 09/18/2013 1:28:08 PM PDT by PGR88
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To: jeffc

Yes, if they only had more money, they could have better schools and teachers... that would solve all of the problems. Right? (/s) So tired of this theme from the education industry.


4 posted on 09/18/2013 1:32:49 PM PDT by NEMDF
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

These idiots will fail. They can attend all the conferences they want - but they will fail. As they should.

The answer to solving their “Travon Marin” problems is obvious. And has been for years. But they are too enslaved to their democratic plantation to realize it:

Get married. Have children. Stay married.

If they followed this (and many of them do), they will see their educational and economic problems disappear.

But then the down side - their welfare and EBT cards will disappear too. And their platform for throwing down the race card and claiming discrimination and on and on.


5 posted on 09/18/2013 1:32:54 PM PDT by Responsibility2nd (NO LIBS. This Means Liberals and (L)libertarians! Same Thing. NO LIBS!!)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

>>> The best way to honor Trayvon Martin is to work to elevate the social status of Black men and boys everywhere.

The way to do that is to reject the urban culture that doomed Tayvon.

>>> It’s up to us to close the opportunity gap and stop the school-to-prison pipeline, so we can, at long last, eliminate society’s negative stereotypes and — most importantly — end the crisis of negative self-perception.

As long as the focus of black men is crime, drugs, and using women, the negative stereotypes are true.

>>> Forty-two percent of Black students attend schools that are under-resourced.

That’s a lie.

>>> Young Black Americans are 10 times more likely to be arrested for drug offenses than young whites — in spite of evidence showing that white kids are more likely to abuse drugs.

Cite?

>>> how often homicides committed against white Americans are committed by Black Americans. Many of these students — taking their cues from the nightly news — assume the figure is around 75 percent. They are often shocked to learn that the real statistic is 13 percent.

How about all homocides?

What did I learn from this article:

It’s all whitey’s fault.


6 posted on 09/18/2013 1:34:55 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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"Somebody help me, there's a weasel on my head!"

7 posted on 09/18/2013 1:36:03 PM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Don't blame me for McCain.)
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We also need to talk to the young women. Don’t emulate mama if she had babies at 14, or 24 with no man. Sperm donation (a roll in the hay) is NOT PARENTING. Every time penis meets vagina a child might be conceived. Don’t spread ‘em unless the man can afford a wife and kid. Period.

Realize that there is a world outside the hood and it is better, fairer, and more forgiving. To get there, you probably do need college or specific and serious job training. Forget about the opposite sex almost completely until you get into one of those programs and out of the hood. Then, use protection until you have that decent income.

Kids have to be stricter with themselves. Leave themselves less goof off time. They need examples of banishing temptation. Not forever. Just until they are on their way to a good life. At that point they will have something to lose and will hopefully have more motivation to stay clean.


8 posted on 09/18/2013 1:39:36 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The only thing they excell at is being a criminal.

The Chinese kick their butts on what is important.


9 posted on 09/18/2013 1:41:17 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously, you won't live through it anyway)
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She be has a fly hat.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iKNU0cdmZr4


10 posted on 09/18/2013 1:45:51 PM PDT by humblegunner
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More than 7 out of every 10 black children are born out of wedlock. Add in divorce, and an even greater percentage end up fatherless. Until the family is fixed, all the money and affirmative action in the world is not going to help Black sons and daughters. Telling black children that they are all helpless victims of whitey and that their only salvation is government isn’t going to help them either.


11 posted on 09/18/2013 1:46:16 PM PDT by Nevadan
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” . . . Pitts sometimes asks groups of Black students how often homicides committed against white Americans are committed by Black Americans. Many of these students — taking their cues from the nightly news — assume the figure is around 75 percent. They are often shocked to learn that the real statistic is 13 percent.”

13% of black on white homicide? Where did this figure come from?


12 posted on 09/18/2013 1:55:22 PM PDT by Old Grumpy
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To: Jeff Chandler; Vendome; humblegunner

I thought I would pick out a few of her best hats, but how to choose?

Wilson is to hats what Imelda Marcos was to shoes:

http://images.search.yahoo.com/search/images;_ylt=A0oG7nKiFzpS7lYAsTpXNyoA?p=Rep.+Frederica+Wilson&fr=ytff1-&fr2=piv-web

Of course, there’s always the distinct possibility that she’s covering a hole in the top of her head where they scooped out the brains.


13 posted on 09/18/2013 2:19:16 PM PDT by shibumi (Cover it with gas and set it on fire.)
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Anyone know what channel number to punch for White Entertainment Television ?


and ps: is that a bath rug on her head ?

14 posted on 09/18/2013 2:22:01 PM PDT by tomkat
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5000 Role Models of Excellence Project,........... It has kept thousands of mostly fatherless young boys

in how many years?

thosands of fatherless children who may mot even KNOW anyone who has a present father ... Id bet.


15 posted on 09/18/2013 2:26:55 PM PDT by MeshugeMikey ( Un-Documented Journalist / Block Captain..Tyranny Response Team)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
The best way to honor Trayvon Martin...

Honor a drug addled thief and thug? Instead how about honoring Booker T. Washington, George Washington Carver or a contemporary black role model like Justice Clarence Thomas, Walter E. Williams or Thomas Sowell?

16 posted on 09/18/2013 2:37:17 PM PDT by JimRed (Excise the cancer before it kills us; feed & water the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS NOW & FOREVER!)
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To: Jeff Chandler

It matches the weasel IN her head.


17 posted on 09/18/2013 2:43:59 PM PDT by noprogs (Borders, Language, Culture)
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To: Jeff Chandler

Frederica Wilson voters are so stupid to eat dog food, when people food costs much less than Alpo.


18 posted on 09/18/2013 3:06:11 PM PDT by dancusa (Molon Labe)
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To: Old Grumpy

Her WEIRD COWBOY HATS?


19 posted on 09/18/2013 4:22:51 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet (I aim to raise a million plus for Gov. Palin. What'll you do?.)
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