“This is what it sounds like when Doves Cry.” ~Prince By Don Allen, Publisher – Our Black News In the mid-1970s, sitting in the band room at Minneapolis Central listening to a conversation between Prince…
SOLUTION, SOLUTIONS, SOLUTIONS… Finger pointing has yet to resolve any problems in Minneapolis.
If you were to ask me what is the main challenge in educating black males in the K-12 public school system, I would have to answer, “the teacher’s training the teachers.” Although I cannot use this as a generalization because I am product of the Minneapolis Public School system, my experience was a lot different.
In some instances, the unemployment rate was as high as 40 percent in some of the neighborhoods within the 55411 zip code where the population was majority “black” in 2013 according to city-data.com. Thus, we have answered a key question from the first article of this series. And now we also have data to back up our hypothesis.
I was not prepared mentally or emotionally for what happened to me one cold Minnesota winter morning.
Not еvеrуоnе can have ассеѕѕ tо our meanings or vаluаblеѕ in purchase of integrity sold with stratification. Mеаnіngfulnеѕѕ brіngѕ flаvоr tо lіfе. When thіngѕ are mеаnіngful to the community, thеу rеасh thе соrе оf our bеіng.
Should we find a difference between the number of “black” and “white” residents? Should a depressed part of town have a higher percentage of American citizens who are “black?” Should this same part of town have higher foreclosure rates when compared to other more affluent parts of town? It wouldn’t be unreasonable for these more affluent parts of town to be mostly “white,” would it?
Blacks are defined mostly by those who don’t look like us–but have the power to create a destiny for us which should be viewed as an unfair misrepresentation to anyone with the cognitive skills of people relations.
To deconstruct the misnomers in the American (United States) culture, in simple clarity, Sheen was thrown a life preserver, a smile and some forgiveness – for Sheen was a victim of his own lifestyle and he is a white male. The white-male patriarchal system of checks and balances passed on condemning Sheen. On the other hand, Cosby was thrown head-first to the concrete. What a difference a race makes.
R. Buckminster Fuller (1895-1983), an American architect, systems theorist, author, designer and inventor wrote, “To change something, build a new model that makes the existing model obsolete.”