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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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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society
KEYWORDS: blackmales
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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To: Altura Ct.
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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To: Altura Ct.
...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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To: The Working Man
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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To: Altura Ct.
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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To: Altura Ct.
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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To: Altura Ct.
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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To: Altura Ct.
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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To: Altura Ct.

Here’s another myth, Mayor...

Making Philadelphia a sanctuary city only enriches it through diversity.

http://articles.philly.com/2014-06-26/news/50859033_1_suspect-own-apartment-rittenhouse-square


21 posted on 06/27/2014 7:54:37 PM PDT by MurrietaMadman (Most Folks believe White bread is meant to be eaten)
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To: CharlesOConnell

Sanger was a louse and yet when does she ever draw outrage from the American black community?


22 posted on 06/27/2014 7:54:55 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: Secret Agent Man

Mind sharing sources for figures in Fact 3?


23 posted on 06/27/2014 7:55:37 PM PDT by LowOiL ("Abomination" sure sounds like "ObamaNation" to me.)
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To: Altura Ct.

What really can be done for people who insist on living and acting like feral animals?

Not much.


24 posted on 06/27/2014 7:57:42 PM PDT by Bullish (You ever notice that liberalism really just amounts to anti-morality?)
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To: Bullish
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25 posted on 06/27/2014 8:01:40 PM PDT by umgud (I couldn't understand why the ball kept getting bigger......... then it hit me.)
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To: Altura Ct.
"...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.

All problems of the Government's making, with 'entitlement' programs that have eliminated the need for fathers to remain with the families they create. We are now going on two generations of young black men who were sired by men who never lived with their mothers. Their mothers never had any need of a man to help support her children, because she could get a welfare check.

How would these young men have ever learned to control themselves, or bother to stay in school, or to be the kind of man who WOULD support a family?

26 posted on 06/27/2014 8:02:17 PM PDT by SuziQ
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To: Altura Ct.

1: “ 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.”

Forgive me but isent this looking at the effect of this sentment, rather than as the cause?

57% of Black boys do in fact graduate, and poor black boys do in fact grow up to become wealthy and successful. Clearly it is possible if you work hard, but you have to be inclined to do so. Something a sad few number of black boys are not inclined to do.

2: This is at least agreeable, Black males commit most of the crimes murdering and getting murdered at a rate that far exceeds their numbers indicating a massive cultural problem among that population and serous threat to the rest of us who lives near them.

2: Defiantly don’t agree, thousands of years of “disinvestment” in Europe and every other place of the world did not create this sort of homicidal self-destructive and depressing madness that we now see in the black community in America.

Only the last 50 years sense welfare and the soo called “civil rights” movement have we seen this sort of mass self-destruction in the black world. All of which seem indicative of a population that both collectively and individually feel hopelessly wronged, and thus unwilling by majority to try pull themselves up by the boot straps instead of waiting for someone else to do it for them.

A poor man does not become wealthy simply because a rich man feeds and educates him. A poor man must be motivated to earn his own food, learn his own lesions and make uses of those skills. This is the sort of self-drive that is at the heart of anyone who is truly successful. Anyone who believes this is fundamentally not possible or too difficult will never commit all the enormous amounts of time, dedication, and effort towards making it happen. Thus they will never be successful if they do not try.

If blacks as a group feel entitled and so wrong personally that they are unwilling to pull themselves up by their own boot straps then they will not do so as individuals or a group.

No amount of external or community effort will ever change that except thou changing how they see and act themselves. After all nobody can ever change the world except by changing themselves.


27 posted on 06/27/2014 8:03:18 PM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Altura Ct.

What an offensive racist article.


28 posted on 06/27/2014 8:05:02 PM PDT by ViLaLuz (2 Chronicles 7:14)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Sanger was a ghoul.


29 posted on 06/27/2014 8:06:12 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Army Air Corps

And that’s being harsh to ghouls.


30 posted on 06/27/2014 8:08:23 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: ViLaLuz

Yes, because a patronizing lefty wrote it.


31 posted on 06/27/2014 8:09:18 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

Touché.


32 posted on 06/27/2014 8:11:55 PM PDT by Army Air Corps (Four Fried Chickens and a Coke)
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To: Altura Ct.

Here’s the real three myths working on young men of color:

1. Books are Kryptonite: stay away from them.

2. Jobs are for suckas.

3. You can be a rap star and make millions.


33 posted on 06/27/2014 8:12:12 PM PDT by henkster (Do I really need a sarc tag?)
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To: LowOiL

i believe’both are doj stats. the articles that discussed them are posted on fr. the 75%/3% one is’more recently’posted, likemin the lastcouple’weeks,/and the 93% one i know is a doj stat and that was posted multiple’times’here.

forgive post, on my tablet and really tired.


34 posted on 06/27/2014 8:18:44 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man ( Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: Altura Ct.

“People of color” “men of color”.
What does that mean anyway?
Purple?
Ultramarine green?
Maybe iridescent?
The meaning of the words can describe someone who is: white, asian, Pakistani, tribal, etc etc etc..


35 posted on 06/27/2014 8:20:25 PM PDT by Darksheare (Try my coffee, first one's free..... Even robots will kill for it!)
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To: Altura Ct.

My mayor. small guy i wanted to trip while his thugs pushed us aside for his ride in our company’s elevator. And he doesn’t mention single female children as parents in the many free housing spots here contributing to this? nah


36 posted on 06/27/2014 8:28:38 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (civil law: commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong Blackstone Commentaries I p44)
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To: MurrietaMadman

used to live on spruce at 23rd. last year there was a Similar “follow home after the bar scene” not to far away from where i live now and the girl was raped and murdered.


37 posted on 06/27/2014 8:36:22 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (civil law: commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong Blackstone Commentaries I p44)
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To: Army Air Corps

Factually mistaken as well: Saying “We have a black president.” is like calling an illegal alien an undocumented immigrant.
Barry Soetero is a halfrican Arab muslim.


38 posted on 06/27/2014 8:42:04 PM PDT by tumblindice (America's founding fathers: all armed conservatives)
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To: Altura Ct.

Wow Nutter was 0-3.


39 posted on 06/27/2014 8:45:24 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (Do The Math)
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To: Darksheare

funny but i think that there are still only three races of people in the world with variations. (shem, ham, japheth, not larry and moe) I’m not sure if the science (blinded by science) has changed. wiki has five historically
The 1775 treatise “The Natural Varieties of Mankind,” by Johann Friedrich Blumenbach proposed five major divisions: the Caucasoid race, Mongoloid race, Ethiopian race (later termed the Negroid race), American Indian race, and Malayan race, but he did not propose any hierarchy among the races.[44] Blumenbach also noted the graded transition in appearances from one group to adjacent groups and suggested that “one variety of mankind does so sensibly pass into the other, that you cannot mark out the limits between them.

now in 2014 the reality is there is no such a thing as a race. there are just so many subtle differences that you really can’t reasonably classify.


40 posted on 06/27/2014 8:47:27 PM PDT by kvanbrunt2 (civil law: commanding what is right and prohibiting what is wrong Blackstone Commentaries I p44)
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To: Altura Ct.

A young man of color is more likely to live in poverty.


It might would help if more of their father’s behaved responsibly and honorably and took responsibility for their children.


41 posted on 06/27/2014 9:31:10 PM PDT by boycott
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To: Altura Ct.

More excuse-making for those who refuse to take responsibility for themselves.

When we stop treating Black people as children, maybe they’ll grow up.


42 posted on 06/28/2014 1:32:07 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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To: Altura Ct.

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


I can’t read past this.

It isn’t government’s problem or even possibility to solve.

The plight of poor black young men starts out with their mamas who were desperate to be wanted by their daddies. The girls need to really learn, more importantly than learning to write well or do algebra, that it is No Great Skill to get a guy into bed. it says nothing about you. It’s easy and worthless.

Larry Elder’s rules apply here. Paraphrasing. Stay in school and go as far as you can with your education by hook or buy crook. Do not have unprotected sex ever until you are married. Don’t get married until you have a decent job. Your child thus will not be born into poverty.

It’s all about not conceiving a child until you are mature, earning, and married. No black kid - or any other kind of kid - would ever be born poor if everyone followed those rules.


43 posted on 06/28/2014 1:51:06 AM PDT by Yaelle
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To: Altura Ct.

prior to obammy is was not prejudice.
At this point, to hell with black folk, you all deserve contempt.


44 posted on 06/28/2014 3:47:59 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) obammy lied and lied and lied)
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To: Altura Ct.

There is a black man in the White House but they can’t be successful. Sure.


45 posted on 06/28/2014 3:50:52 AM PDT by AppyPappy
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