Foundation Launches $50-Million Project to Support Minority Boys

Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2013

California’s largest healthcare foundation Wednesday announced a $50-million initiative to support minority boys and young men, saying the odds against their succeeding in school and in future careers were staggering.

The California Endowment said the seven-year project would aim to boost attendance 30% in targeted schools, reduce by half the number of those suspended, train campus police on the effect of trauma on students, establish conflict-resolution programs in 10 communities, develop 1,000 youth leaders and make sure all eligible children have health coverage.

Foundation President Robert K. Ross said those goals were based on research showing that poor third-grade reading scores, chronic absenteeism, school suspensions and truancy in early grades were reliable warning signs that students were “losing hope and headed for trouble.”

Such students are disproportionately minority boys and young men, he said.

Among African American males, for instance, more than 80% cannot read at grade level by third grade‚ÄĒa key marker of high school graduation. They are also 30 times more likely to be suspended from school in Los Angeles than are white girls.

And with 70% of Californians under age 25 identifying as non-white, Ross said, the state’s future depends on better preparing minority young men for success.

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  • “California’s largest health care foundation”

    Something tells me this isn’t purely altruism. I bet the ObamaDontCare California exchanges play into this somehow.

    • Oil Can Harry

      So in one breath California’s liberal establisment tells us that “the odds against [black and hispanic males] succeeding in school and in their future careers were staggering” and in their next breath inform us that we MUST allow tens of millions of these same unassimilable losers to immigrate here.

      • Erasmus

        For at least the last 45 years, this country has been committing slow-motion suicide. We’ve made it economically advantageous for low-IQ, anti-social people to multiply. We’ve acted against the natural order.

        Is it sad, tragic or funny watching a once great nation kill itself in real time?

    • sbuffalonative

      When the ACA was proposed, we were told (read: LIED TO) that the reason we had ‘epidemics’ of obesity and diabetes was because people couldn’t afford healthcare.

      The THEORY (read: LIE) was that once people had access to healthcare, they would rush to sign up and these problems would disappear because people would now have access to doctors and healthcare.

      Few people are signing up. The TRUTH is that most people who didn’t have health coverage didn’t want health coverage.

      • Jesse James

        One of the problems is that this whole ACA nightmare isn’t about health care it is about health care insurance and so far it seems to me that the insurance companies were allowed to write most of this cursed law with increasing their overall revenue and decreasing the quality of coverage/care being their primary objective. This is the same type of enormous windfall for them that mandatory auto coverage represented. My rates have been jacked up three times in the past year and a half, now when I add up all my insurance cost: home, auto and health I am paying more each month than my modest house payment. I believe that many people honestly can’t afford health care insurance and those in this country that are at the most risk are not the very poor or of course the very rich. It is the working class and those of us hanging on to the bottom of the middle class that are in trouble. Now add to that the fact that the vast majority of the jobs created last year were no benefits part time jobs and you can see where we are going to end up. There is nothing in the ACA that is going to help these people, in fact the reaction of the market to the new regulations is making things more expensive not less.

        • rowingfool

          Good straight talk Jesse. Without political rancor and hits all the major points. You said it correctly, the problem with the program is that it is an insurance racket, not a health care delivery system. And that it hurts the pathetic remnants of our once proud middle class.

          • Jesse James

            Thanks row I have been thinking real hard lol about this in past couple of months. I still have to sit down and calculate exactly how much I am paying for all those different types of insurance. Because some are paid monthly, others every quarter and some every six months I really don’t have a complete handle on exactly how much I am paying because in the past it was still manageable enough that it wasn’t a major source of concern, but not anymore.

      • Beetlejuice

        “They” said the same thing about black obesity being caused by a lack of supermarkets in black areas, which created a food desert. This meant blacks only choice for sustenance was junky foods like 40 oz-ers, chips, kool aid, hot dogs and high-fructose soda. It was the supermarkets’ fault that blacks are obese.

        No matter what happens, it’s never the fault of blacks, there is always a ready, pat excuse that the media lap up.

        • Brian

          The typical chain supermarket has a gross profit margin of about 2%. Anything goes wrong to an abnormal degree, and you’re losing money and gone. Just the higher insurance premiums and security of a ghetto store would put them in danger. When you factor in the lower employee quality, higher theft and spoilage, higher absenteeism, and general lack of conscientiousness among workers and customers in these areas, there’s no way to make a profit…hence the food deserts.

          Whoops, did I say that out loud? I meant to say ‘the problem is a legacy of institutional racism’, of course.

  • E_Pluribus_Pluribus

    A article by Charles Murray in National Review on Jason Richwine’s termination by the Heritage Foundation for presenting IQ data on minorities reminds us of the futility of the California Endowment’s “seven-year project”:

    May 15, 2013 In Defense of Jason Richwine
    His resignation is emblematic of a corruption that has spread throughout American intellectual discourse. By Charles Murray

    Take-away quote: “A rereading of the dissertation last weekend confirmed my recollection that Richwine had meticulously assembled and analyzed the test-score data, which showed exactly what he said they showed: mean IQ-score differences between Latinos and non-Latino whites, found consistently across many datasets and across time after taking factors such as language proficiency and cultural bias into account.”

    • kjh64

      You also have to realize that the Latinos that are and have been coming across the border are the poor and the underclass which tends to have the lowest IQ’s regardless of race. You don’t see Mexican professionals and the intelligent ones coming across the border.

  • JohnEngelman

    Among African American males, for instance, more than 80% cannot read at grade level by third grade‚ÄĒa key marker of high school graduation. They are also 30 times more likely to be suspended from school in Los Angeles than are white girls.

    – Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, October 9, 2013

    To equalize these statistics it would be easier to refuse to teach white girls to read until third grade, and to increase their suspension rate 30 times.

    • Jesse James

      Maybe we should tie heavy weights around the white girls necks to slow then down and destroy their natural grace. We should also feed them on saturated fat and huge plates of cheap fast food. OH and brand their foreheads with a UP – for Undeserved Privilege. Maybe we should give them some drug to destroy their gene driven intelligence advantage as this is clearly not fair to the other non-white students. Honestly this country is starting to make me physically ill.

      • Puggg

        I just got finished reading this fascinating short story called “Harrison Bergeron.”

        I only wish someone would have made me read it back when I was in school.

        • Jesse James

          Exactly the story I was thinking about.

        • They’d never let anyone read that in school.

      • rowingfool

        Good point about the branded forehead. I’d never thought of those phrases scribbled on people’s faces (the one’s about inborn white privilege) in Duluth in that way before. So that’s what we’ve come to. Whites must publicly display a brand signifying humiliation in order to appear in public? So the tables have been turned. It is WE who must wear identifying badges. This is our penance. Our reparations take the form of the largest transfer of wealth in the history of the world i.e. that from the middle class of 1960’s America to the investment banker class that currently rides high on the despoiled wealth of our once proud Republic. This is why our fathers and grandfathers fought in Europe’s wars? This is the thanks we get for our blood poured out on European soil? We are truly strangers in a strange land.

    • Watanabe is a Japanese name.

  • Puggg

    Totally new, novel ideas that have never been tried before.

  • sbuffalonative

    California’s largest healthcare foundation Wednesday announced a $50-million initiative to support minority boys and young men, saying the odds against their succeeding in school and in future careers were staggering.

    Prediction. It won’t make a damn bit of difference.

    • Brian

      Except that, ultimately, your wallet and mine will be $50 million lighter, via taxes, insurance premiums, or some other scheme.

      • sbuffalonative

        I suspect we’re going to have to ‘try everything’ until we reach the inevitable conclusion. I don’t know how much money, programs, initiatives, and time it’s going to take but there is only one conclusion.

        • Brian

          I suspect that conclusion will involve .308 Winchester and Remington .223, en masse.

  • willbest

    Somebody ought to write the LA TImes and tell them to put the word minority in quotes because the last time I checked 30% white was a minority where 50+% Hispanic would be a majority.

  • Alfred the Great

    I can’t believe the title calls them “boys.” How racist can ya get!

  • bigone4u

    Well, there’s another $50 million WASTED on blacks and browns. At least it’s money contributed by LIBERALS, not the tax dollars of white taxpayers. So, this time we get the last laugh.

  • It’s a fund for all poor boys, except White ones.
    More positive discrimination, because discriminating against Whites can never be negative.

    What are they going to do anyway, bride their fathers to hang around for a bit longer than normal?

  • Spartacus

    “And with 70% of Californians under age 25 identifying as non-white, Ross
    said, the state’s future depends on better preparing minority young men
    for success.”

    ———————————————————————————————————————

    California has no future, the percentages you just quoted prove that beyond any doubt .

    • So CAL Snowman

      We are dead, I’m staying because it should be a fun ride, and by fun I mean a nightmare of orgiastic Mexican violence.

      • Brian

        Can you imagine what will go down when the San Andreas ‘Big One’ happens? Roads collapsed, power out, no food or clean water. Lots of guns and gangs. Martial law is guaranteed.

  • kjh64

    “And with 70% of Californians under age 25 identifying as non-white, Ross said, the state‚Äôs future depends on better preparing minority young men for success”

    Goodbye California. The state’s “future” ? What future? California’s only future is that of a 3rd world state.

  • IstvanIN

    Grant California its independence, yesterday.

    • bigone4u

      Back in the day, the wish for California was that the big earthquake hit and it sink into the ocean.

    • Can we nuke it after we do?

      • IstvanIN

        I prefer bulldozing, then we can reclaim it faster.

  • So CAL Snowman

    “And with 70% of Californians under age 25 identifying as non-white, Ross
    said, the state’s future depends on better preparing minority young men
    for success.”

    No the state’s future is that of Mexico, a dirty, third world hell hole.

  • Spartacus

    Mafmaticks bee rayciss !!

  • kris

    Wait a minute- the headline said it’s giving 50 million to MINORITIES, same article states 70% of California’s youth identifies as “non-white”. So, by default, shouldn’t the monies actually go TO whites, as they are, by definition, the minority??

    • Spartacus

      No, because one of us is worth a hundred of them .

  • Jesse James

    Why not just have a program that helps boys period regardless of race? There are millions of at risk boys of all races in this country who have never had even part time jobs, have done poorly in school and have no adult role models. To be a young poor white boy in this country is to be of less concern to the do gooders and the government than the damned feral dogs and cats running all over the place. No wonder so many of these boys are killing themselves or zoning themselves out on drugs and video games.

  • Luca

    Well, I’m glad to see they have found yet another worthy cause to spend my tax money on.

    God forbid they had spent that money on road improvements, building a new wing on the county hospital, building a new jail or increasing the police force.

  • Diamond_Lil

    Can’t teach minority kids basic manners, much less math and reading.

    • newscomments70

      Diamond Lil, I suggest you write a book based on your teaching experiences. It would be a patriotic act and it would help fight the amnesty crowd. Furthermore, I bet it could be a best seller. All those years of hell could become a useful political weapon for you/us.

  • Beetlejuice

    “poor third-grade reading scores, chronic absenteeism, school suspensions and truancy in early grades were reliable warning signs that students were ‘losing hope and headed for trouble.'”

    These are good reasons to separate them from the schools immediately and permanently.

  • leftists are delusional

    If you want to prepare the ones who can’t read by third grade for the future, teach em how to handle a paint brush or a mop.

  • MekongDelta69

    Another waste of money to make leftists feel smug and smarmy and ‘morally superior’ (in their own minds).

    But, it’s just “A mere bag of shells” as Ralph Kramden in the Honeymooners would say – compared to the $6 Trillion?, $9 Trillion?, $12 Trillion? we’ve handed over since 1965 to make everything all ‘fair’ and ‘equitable’ and ‘equal’ and ‘wonderful’ and ‘utopian’.

    Worked out ‘real well’ me thinks…

  • ViktorNN

    You’re never going to get Mexican boys to not be Mexican.

    California’s about to become a lot more like Mexico – a dysfunctional, third world hole. Case closed. What did they think would happen when they let 5 million of them in?

  • LolKatzen

    Why call them “minority”? At 70% they are now the majority.

    And with 70% of Californians under age 25 identifying as non-white, Ross said, the state’s future depends on better preparing minority young men for success.

  • William Krapek

    And on a completely unrelated note, sociologists are alarmed as California looks more and more like a feudal society.

  • We can’t call them greaseritos y greaseritas, so the “minority” euphemism will have to suffice.

  • Juan Outtamany

    you can’t claim minority status is you’re 70% of the population under 25

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    They are, numerically. But in modern America, whites will never be called a minority (except when the elites are trying to humiliate us) and they will never be the recipients of any minority-directed projects.

  • GeneticsareDestiny

    This is mostly a Hispanic endowment fund. Liberals in California are already hard at work doing their utmost to pander to Hispanics for votes.

  • Herman

    Wouldn’t it be simpler just to burn the $50 million?
    The same result.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      It would probably be a better use of the money to burn it. The energy from burning $50 million could heat some homes for a while, which would be a real, tangible benefit.

  • scutum

    California is done, you can just stick a fork in it. What I fail to
    understand are the people who have left California and moved to other states
    like Colorado or Utah because California is unlivable. But then try and
    institute the same values and political philosophies that destroyed the state
    they just left. I have a buddy whose older brother lives in Utah and he is
    constantly complaining about the influx of Californians into the state, and
    what a bunch of left wing morons they are.

  • Herman

    To Juan
    Just for the record who do blacks get along with? Including themselves.

  • Goldcoaster

    California deserves exactly what they will get.

  • M&S

    I think taxes should be treated like poker.
    Everyone has to pay up the pot to a certain level to play the game but then how much you put into each hand and how long you stay in the game is up to you.
    Relative to this, we should _get to choose_, by identity group, who or what we will contribute to.
    State roads? Fine. Water, Electrical, Telecomms? Okay.
    More Cops in Mordor? No. I’ll pay our cops more to keep the Orks out of the Shire thanks.
    More money to educate blacks/Hispanics/Asians? No. I’ll send the money to set up charter schools for whites exclusively and hire from within the community to make sure that what we spend is frugal and wise.
    Whites can plan and schedule dispersions of funds across a wider number of good-for-us relevant activities. I bet we can.
    So long as the basics of infrastructure are supported ‘as used by all’, at the levels of taxation for each group represented by it’s population percentage, the remaining excess should be dispensed back into their hands for intra-group application and management.
    Racism would end. Reality would return. There would be blood.

  • Magician

    Only 30% of all young men in California are white? Scary

  • European Observer

    Not bad, they really brought the state down. In 1910 or so Whites still made up 90-95% of the Californian population. Even when I was young, California was widely considered among my European friends the golden state, the uber paradise, the stuff of dreams. Today, it comes across like a rusted Mexican state with a large White minority.