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Three Myths Hurting Young Black Men and Boys
Huffington Post ^ | 6/26/2014

Posted on 06/27/2014 7:25:39 PM PDT by Altura Ct.

In America today, there are three myths, three fundamentally misguided beliefs that are hurting our young black men and boys -- bright young people that I have been fortunate to meet in my time as Mayor of Philadelphia. These myths chip away at the opportunities of these young men of color. As a result, we're putting an entire generation at a severe disadvantage and wasting the lives of millions of people who, with reasonable investment, could become vital contributors to our economy and society.

Myth: America has progressed enough as a nation that black men and boys have an equal opportunity to be successful.

We have a black President and many other elected officials, doctors, lawyers and industry leaders. Success is a possibility for any person willing to work hard to achieve it. That's the underlying belief that fuels this myth. But, it neglects the realities young black men and boys face every day in America: higher rates of poverty, arrests and incarceration, large health disparities and lower educational attainment rates.

Nationally, the four-year, on-time graduation rate is 78 percent. The national graduation rate for African American boys is just 52 percent. In my city, the on-time graduation rate for 2013 is 64 percent, with the graduation rate for African American boys at a mere 57 percent.

Why the gap? A young man of color is more likely to live in poverty. Children who live in poverty are more likely to miss school and less likely to graduate. Too often, they grow up to work a low-wage, low-skill job -- it's a cycle of poverty that usually remains unbroken. Addressing low-educational attainment for African American men and boys is not simple fix. We need more education funding, targeted resources and development programs.

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Blacks are not responsible for what they do.
1 posted on 06/27/2014 7:25:39 PM PDT by Altura Ct.
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To: Altura Ct.

I figured that was the conclusion so I didn’t read it all.


2 posted on 06/27/2014 7:26:51 PM PDT by mrsmel (One Who Can See)
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To: Altura Ct.

My Gawd.... will this crap ever end?


3 posted on 06/27/2014 7:29:34 PM PDT by workerbee (The President of the United States is PUBLIC ENEMY #1)
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To: Altura Ct.
Huffington Post? What's the matter,was the People's Daily website down?
4 posted on 06/27/2014 7:30:10 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Rat Party Policy:Lie,Deny,Refuse To Comply)
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To: Altura Ct.

The welfare state libs & poverty/race pimps need to rethink their idea of a government plantation. It ain’t working.


5 posted on 06/27/2014 7:30:35 PM PDT by Jim Robinson (Resistance to tyrants is obedience to God!!)
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To: Altura Ct.

Let me be the first to say: “Democrats Fault!”

Now shut up, eat your peas and get back on the plantation...but don’t forget to vote Democrat early and often!


6 posted on 06/27/2014 7:31:09 PM PDT by Diana in Wisconsin (I don't have 'Hobbies.' I'm developing a robust Post-Apocalyptic skill set...)
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To: Altura Ct.

Yeah, and the black kids who do try to use their brains to escape the black poverty trap are the ones ostracized and beat nearly to death by the others for ‘acting white’.

Until the adults in these kids lives actually stand up and act like ‘real adults’ I see no hope for black kids in America as a group. Sure there will be isolated example of those who did manage to break free but they will be few and far between.


7 posted on 06/27/2014 7:31:56 PM PDT by The Working Man
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To: Altura Ct.

If Blacks thought that they had it tough before, wait until they see what Barry’s Latino Kiddie Krusade is going to do to their prospects of ever making it. Barry definitely didn’t do them any favors.


8 posted on 06/27/2014 7:34:40 PM PDT by FlingWingFlyer (Feed the wacko enrviromentalists to the starving polar bears.)
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1. Myth: America has progressed enough as a nation that black men and boys have an equal opportunity to be successful.

Its not about America progressing enough as a nation. It is about blacks voluntarily enslaving themselves in exchange for free stuff and thinking that those who will not enslave themselves are acting white.

2. Myth: Black-on-black violence only affects the black community.

But the no snitching ethos means that black-on-black violence goes unsolved and the police are blamed for that, not the community that won't help the police solve the crimes.

3. Myth: Helping young black men succeed is not government's problem.

Government is massa. Massa don't like us leaving the plantation so we needs to obey the massa and stay on the farm like we s'pposed to.

9 posted on 06/27/2014 7:36:17 PM PDT by 17th Miss Regt
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...fuels this myth. But, it neglects the realities young black men and boys face every day in America: higher rates of poverty, arrests and incarceration, large health disparities and lower educational attainment rates.

Asians came over with only the shirts on their backs... went to the same crappy inner city schools... and now excel

Kids cross the borders without enough money to last a week... risking life and limb.. broke... and within a few decades they're part of the American mainstream.

The problem blacks have is the problem they and white liberal elites have created. Enough 'help' has been given, used, and abused... that's NOT the answer.

10 posted on 06/27/2014 7:36:53 PM PDT by GOPJ (“REMEMBER MISSISSIPPI!”)
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Until the adults in these kids lives actually ...

Unfortunately you are talking about the forth or fifth generation of adults that have been raised in this atmosphere. So, there are no responsible adults (in general), to give their progeny any guidance along a path that would make their lives better.

11 posted on 06/27/2014 7:36:56 PM PDT by doc1019
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To: Altura Ct.

fact 1. only the black community can fix the fundamental problems they’ve created for themselves. they don’t want to hear from anyone else and turn a blind eye towards the real problem, hide behind racism charges and blame everyone else’for their problems.

fact 2. black racism distorts their world view and must stop in order for them to ever have a chance at supposedly’living the way they say they want to live, peacefully, without violence, and ina colorblind society.

fact3. 75% of of gun death in america are caused by 3% of people - black youth/males. 93% o black murders are caused by other blacks. whitey ain’t killing blacks. white racists aren’t. blacks are keeping up tribval behavior and killing off other’rival blacks. blacks ignore reality and continue to blame’white people’for the violence they suffer.


12 posted on 06/27/2014 7:37:20 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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wasting the lives of millions of people who, with reasonable investment, could become vital contributors to our economy and society.

Reasonable investment?

13 posted on 06/27/2014 7:38:24 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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We need more education funding, targeted resources and development programs.

Know what Japanese schools look like? PRISONS.

Know how many computers the kids typically have access to in school? ZERO.

Parents are MARRIED and they CARE how their kids do in school, and if they miss school or disrupt THEY ARE IN MAJOR, MAJOR TROUBLE.

The school problems black kids face have NOTHING to do with school funding --US black culture generally assigns a very low value to education.

14 posted on 06/27/2014 7:38:28 PM PDT by gaijin
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The illiteracy rate isn't a myth.
15 posted on 06/27/2014 7:46:27 PM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum ("The more numerous the laws, the more corrupt the government." --Tacitus)
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To: Altura Ct.

Deliberate targeting of African-Americans for heroin as portrayed in Mario Puzo's The Godfather.


"We should hire three or four colored ministers, preferably with social-service backgrounds, and with engaging personalities. The most successful educational approach to the Negro is through a religious appeal. We don't want the word to go out that we want to exterminate the Negro population, and the minister is the man who can straighten out that idea if it ever occurs to any of their more rebellious members."
- Planned Parenthood founder Margaret Sanger, letter to Dr. Clarence Gamble, December 10, 1939 (Smith College, Sanger Collection)

16 posted on 06/27/2014 7:48:55 PM PDT by CharlesOConnell (CharlesOConnell)
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You want three myths hurting black kids?

(1) Working your a** off to succeed in school or anywhere else is "acting white," and that's not cool.

(2) There is a powerful cabal of white conservative racists who want for you to fail, and have the power to make you fail.

(3) Liberals are your friends. They only treat you like infants because they want for you to be independent and strong.

17 posted on 06/27/2014 7:53:52 PM PDT by TChad (The Obamacare motto: Dulce et decorum est pro patria mori.)
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To: Altura Ct.

It’s the puffington Host.


18 posted on 06/27/2014 7:53:53 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Embrace the Lion of Judah and He will roar for you and teach you to roar too. See my page.)
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To: The Working Man
Yeah, and the black kids who do try to use their brains to escape the black poverty trap are the ones ostracized and beat nearly to death by the others for ‘acting white’.

Yep, can't be acting white now can they? I have had some of them tell me this, to my face.

19 posted on 06/27/2014 7:54:16 PM PDT by Mark17 (Rats and RINOs, who are destroying America, may an elephant caress you with his toes, or worse)
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To: Altura Ct.

Garbage.... Total garbage.
This from the Huffington toilet.


20 posted on 06/27/2014 7:54:24 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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