Upending Stereotypes About Black Students

Leslie T. Fenwick, Education Week, October 9, 2013

There’s a troubling undercurrent to the national conversation about the black-white gap in student achievement. The (mostly) unspoken belief about black students is tied to broader perceptions about black people. So, let’s just say it: Some believe the gap is a function of weak family and community structures, male joblessness, drug use, and permissive cultural values—which they assert predominate in the black community.

Others believe that blacks constitute a community that is largely beyond intervention and that no amount of funding or special programs can fix what ails the perpetually troubled. An attendant assertion is that blacks who do achieve have outsmarted stereotype vulnerability and are outliers. Some say these blacks are exceptions and are successful because they embrace and actualize a white cultural-value system.

These erroneous and insulting beliefs persist because they are buoyed by a constant recitation of negative statistics about blacks in the research literature and unrelentingly circulated in news accounts. Such wrongheaded assertions negate accurate and meaningful portrayals of black people. Mostly, they misdirect formulation of educational and social policy and skew funding priorities in education and elsewhere.

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To understand what I mean, take this true-false test. How would you score?

1. Black parents are not invested in their children’s education and do not engage in school-affirming behaviors.

False. The National Center for Education Statistics reported in 2008 that 94 percent of African-American parents said their children did homework outside of school. The same percentage of parents reported setting aside a special time and place for their children to complete homework and having an adult in the household check it. This is the highest percentage of any subgroup of U.S. parents engaged in this critical school-affirming behavior.

2. A much higher percentage of white parents than black parents attend PTA meetings and parent-teacher conferences.

False. Comparable percentages of black and white parents reported attending school meetings, according to the same 2008 NCES study. Specifically, 90 percent of white parents and 87 percent of black parents said they attended PTA meetings. Seventy-eight percent of white parents and 77 percent of black parents reported attending parent-teacher conferences.

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5. White educators are more qualified than black educators.

False. For decades, research has shown that African-American educators are the nation’s most credentialed and experienced subgroup of educators. As I wrote in Education Week in 2000, they are more likely than their white peers to hold a master’s or doctoral degree in education and possess more years of experience as a classroom teacher when they ascend to the principalship and more years as a principal when they ascend to the superintendency.

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7. Black kids use more alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs than white kids.

False. White 12th graders use more alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs than black 12th graders. According to reports from the National Institute for Drug Abuse and the Washington-based think tank Education Sector, use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs has consistently been found to be less prevalent among African-American high school seniors than their white peers. This finding also is true among African-American students in lower grades, according to a 2011 study published in the Archives of General Psychiatry.

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Well, how did you score? The question-and-answer sets above are not meant to be a “Jeopardy!” game of sorts (“Alex, I’ll take African-Americans for $600”). Nor are they about advancing a strengths-based or asset-based research perspective and good-news fantasy about blacks.

Rather, these data sets (and numerous oters like them) urge a deep interrogation and interruption of the defamation of black people in research and media accounts. Such data should encourage educational practitioners, researchers, policymakers, journalists, funders, and everyday citizens to question the negative statistics we hear almost every day about black boys and girls, black men and women, black families, and black communities.

So, what can educators, researchers, and policymakers do about all this? Here are a few recommendations:

• For principals and teachers. The worst images of black culture have been manufactured and placed in broad circulation. As an antidote, educators must find, consciously elevate, and celebrate the best of black culture in schools and classroom. When schools put the best of black culture in broad circulation (through serious and ubiquitous curricular content and instructional materials), black students experience identity restoration, and all students learn meaningful cultural appreciation.

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• For policymakers. Direct policy formulation and funding initiatives at empowering research and programs. For instance, historically black colleges and universities make up just 3 percent of the nation’s colleges and universities. Yet, HBCUs like Howard University, where I serve as a dean, prepare the majority of black physicians, engineers, and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) PhDs, and more than 50 percent of the nation’s black teachers. These irreplaceable institutions should be viewed by policymakers as engines of innovation worthy of deeper investment by federal, state, and philanthropic agencies.

Let’s dump the litany of negativity and see where more accurate and nuanced research and reporting about black students and adults take the nation’s schools and even the nation itself.

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  • D.B. Cooper

    Always looking out for your own kind, right Leslie?

    • dukem1

      I know that Jared and his trusty moderator have set the bar ridiculously high, but this may be the most depressing AmRen news article I have ever read.

      • Moderators don’t select stories.

        • dukem1

          Huh.
          I did not know that.
          Well, regardless, unless you’re a Lions fan, I hope your guys do OK this week.

        • David Ashton

          Who does?

      • Thor Bonham

        That would be “Mr.” Taylor .. Show some respect to a man that fights for our rights ..

    • c684570

      So am I…but Leslie’s just wrong.

  • Puggg

    There’s too much here to deal with, so I’ll try to keep it short.

    All the things they say that blacks have to do to make themselves equal, they are doing it if this article is to be believed. Yet, they’re still behind, there still is the naughty gap.

    Shouldn’t that tell you something?

    • Fair Dingum

      Yeah. It’s institutional racism. White privilege. You know, white people.

    • Oil Can Harry

      That’s a good summary. The article laughably claims that black students and families are just as good as white ones but are failing because the gov’t is not spending enough $ educating them..

      • willbest

        I don’t believe the numbers on white families let alone the black ones.

        • Oil Can Harry

          Nor should you believe them.

          Since nearly 80% of black children are now born out of wedlock that means most of the black “families” described here are kids being raised by their mom or grandma.

          • Jefferson

            Don’t be surprised if in our lifetime the out of wedlock birthrate in the Black community reaches 90 percent.

        • leftists are delusional

          Good instinct – it’s not that leftists can’t tell the truth it’s that they can’t tell the difference.

          • Bodhisattva

            Actually it’s some of both.

      • Sick of it

        I’m still trying to figure out how they can say that white kids use drugs more than black kids with a straight face. Always remain skeptical of reports produced by Washington policy groups.

        • Puggg

          My bet is surveys where the people doing the surveys have to be honest, and honesty isn’t much the virtue of a certain well tanned group of people.

          • Oil Can Harry

            And you know they’re lying because the the article states “87% of black parents said they attended PTA meetings.” Yeah, right.

          • Jesse_from_Sweden

            No, they did not say that 87% attended PTA meetings.

            What they said was that 87% reported that they attended PTA meetings.

            You have to learn how to read statistics, remember Mark Twains word on that.

            The basis for all these statements is likely a survey based on self-reporting.
            And they probably haven’t accurately represented the loss in answers (in other words, all those that don’t bother to answer the survey). That’s a big problem with surveys, especially since those that tend to answer the most are those that are highly educated etc.
            And of course, it also doesn’t take into account that people can lie on surveys.

            One such good example is penis length. Numerous surveys has been done on what is average penis length, and self-reporting surveys tends to come up with an average that is an inch or more than what a study done by doctors come up with.

            People lie, even when anonymously answering a survey.
            And I wouldn’t hesitate to claim that blacks tends to lie more than whites on them.

          • Oil Can Harry

            Jesse, you just made the same point I did. I quoted the part of the article where 87% of blacks claimed to attend PTA meetings and I said the blacks were exaggerating.

          • Franklin_Ryckaert

            I protest! That is a melanine deprived prejudice!

          • Erika525

            The confusion of “is” with “out” is common among children and I think that this occurs in these surveys. Hardly surprising given that many respondents have a mental age of 12 or less.

        • Brian

          I notice she left out the massive disparity in disciplinary infractions by race.

          • GeneticsareDestiny

            B-But das cuz white teachers be racis’! Black kids din do nuffin!

          • Bodhisattva

            Of course – why would she include anything that tells the truth about it. She needs this to be yet another example of whitey keeping her and others like her down. How? By not transferring enough wealth from the white community to the ‘people of color’, that’s how.

        • leftists are delusional

          Well, she didn’t say White kids use drugs more. She said White high school seniors use drugs at a higher rate than black high school seniors.

          Considering the statement carefully it is plausible. The black kids that use drugs are probably more likely to not make it to their senior year in high school, while a White kid with a 15-30 point IQ advantage would be more likely to pass their classes while stoned.

          • Sick of it

            You know that is a good point. So many of them drop out of high school that things could be skewed in that direction due to the lack of black high school seniors.

          • leftists are delusional

            Another thing I noticed in the actual study was “After controlling for adolescents’ age, socioeconomic variables, population density of residence….”

            Or in other words massaging the data…

          • Bodhisattva

            Good point.

          • watling

            Agreed.

            It’s like the assertion that after soldiers’ cloth helmets were replaced by steel ones on the western front in WWI the number of reported head injuries went up – the opposite to what you’d expect.

            You need to dig deeper to understand the apparent anomaly.

            Well, it’s because more of those sustaining shrapnel and bullet impacts to the head when wearing cloth helmets died pretty much immediately, so did not feature on the injuries list.

        • Jesse_from_Sweden

          Because they included alcohol and tobacco amongst the drugs.

          Kind of putting an “racial equality” on uses of addictive drugs.
          Then it doesn’t matter if whites drug of choice is alcohol on the weekends while blacks do crack or something other.

          They’ve lumped together two legal drugs, alcohol and tobacco, with “other drugs”, which means the result is kinda skewed.
          Would have been better if they divided it into legal drugs and illegal drugs, and see who does more of what.

          But that would be racist wouldn’t it? And it would make it a hard question for some, as to what the difference between legal and illegal drugs is.

        • Bodhisattva

          They’re probably talking about raw numbers, not per capita, which they tend to do when they want to ignore reality .

      • Dave4088

        Yeah, like we’ve never heard THAT one before.

      • Brian

        Behold the hatefacts from Richwine:

        – Per pupil spending on non-White students eclipsed spending on White
        students in the early 1980s and has remained slightly higher ever
        since.

        – School funding is similar across all racial and ethnic groups.

        – Racial differences in educational achievement have endured for decades in spite of increased spending on black students.

        – If White 15 year olds were counted as a separate group, they would
        rank 3rd in the world on the PISA among the 34 OECD countries, whereas American Hispanics would score 31st and American blacks would rank 33rd.

        – The South is the region with the smallest racial differences in per
        pupil spending, but more money is actually spent on blacks, Hispanics,
        and Asians than White students here.

        – In the Northeast, $2,000 more dollars is spent on the average black student than on the average White student.

        • Bodhisattva

          In other words, throwing money at the ‘problem’ isn’t solving it – time for a different strategy!

    • LastBastionOfHope

      It’s hysterical. First they argue it’s because of lies. Ok, let’s grant them as true for a second. What does that leave? IQ. When we talk about IQ all bets are off. You get fired, condemned, called the naughty r word, etc.

      Blacks know one way or another it’s still their fault deep down.

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        Success in life depends on three things : 1) talent, 2) effort, 3) circumstances. If circumstances are not the problem and, as this man says, effort is present then pray tell what must be the only reason? Lack of talent of course, but you can’t blame Whitey for that , so it must not be mentioned.

    • dukem1

      Sorta makes me think that maybe these kids are all kinda, you know, dumb from the git-go.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Well if your racist against a people with75 IQ maybe, I myself blame it on books being printed on white paper, why not black paper with white ink? See books are racist, perhaps even sexist , and even ageist. The only solution is no more books in school just 40s and blunts, would anything change if you have a 75 IQ?

        • Bodhisattva

          I think you have an idea that might just catch on among students there. Don’t know about the adults though, they might take issue.

  • JohnEngelman

    There’s a troubling undercurrent to the national conversation about the black-white gap in student achievement. The (mostly) unspoken belief about black students is tied to broader perceptions about black people. So, let’s just say it: Some believe the gap is a function of weak family and community structures, male joblessness, drug use, and permissive cultural values—which they assert predominate in the black community.

    – Leslie T. Fenwick, Education Week, October 9, 2013

    I believe the gap is caused by genetic differences, which in turn have been caused by different evolutionary pressures lasting for thousands of years.

    • Jesse James

      Well let’s double down on more minority educational funding and special assistance. Sixty years down, that leaves us only 9,940 more years to go by my estimate till we can close this gap. Don’t stop now we are almost there! And let me give a special shout out to all the momma’s and the poppa’s out there working overtime to help their kids get ahead! Forward Comrades.

    • stewball

      I’m sorry John. I think you’re talking rubbish.

      • Thor Bonham

        He usually does ..

    • T_Losan

      The ironic thing is that current policy merely serves to reinforce survival of the least fit. The stupid and lazy are encouraged to procreate while the intelligent and resourceful do not. The only comfort is that this is not sustainable and a tipping point will necessarily be reached sooner or later.

    • Bodhisattva

      Yeah, how is it they claim being gay is genetic but this is not? They have it backwards.

      • WhiteGuyInJapan

        Back in the 90s when I first started to notice such things, I picked up on that difference. Black underachievement is blamed on environment while homosexuality is genetic. Geneticists are starting to think that there is a genetic factor in homosexuality and many LGBT/BLT/KGB/TGIF (!) groups claim homosexuality is NOT a personal choice.

        Black behavior is still clearly not their fault, it is the environment. OK, why can’t they change and improve their environment? Because of white racism. Why are white so violent and racism? Because of their Neanderthal ancestry! *face palm*

        • Franklin_Ryckaert

          Neanderthals are a prehistorical social construct.

  • haroldcrews

    What are the implications if these assertions are true. If Black academic performance can’t be blamed on poor parenting; lower parent involvement; less qualified Black teachers; or higher substance abuse on the part of Black students then that only leaves one cause for Black academic failure. The only cause left is poor academic ability on the part of the students themselves.

    • Puggg

      You’d think that with all excuses X-ed out, they’d conclude what we have already concluded. But no, they’ll find some other excuse. It’ll be some new undiscovered form of white racism. Supercalifragilisticexpialidocious racism.

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        They under perform due to lack of self-esteem, which must be ascribed to the influence of low expectations by Whites, even if those evil Whites don’t express their low expectations in words. It is their unconscious prejudices that have this nefarious effect. The solution therefore is to reeducate Whites to get rid of their unconscious prejudices. Work to do for Tim Wise !

    • JohnEngelman

      After structural racism is disproved as a cause we will begin to hear about clandestine racism.

      • willbest

        Good thing nothing can disprove structural racism.

      • David Ashton

        We already are.

      • Bodhisattva

        Actually there is structural racism, it’s rampant. And all against white males. Look at any federal structure that favors non-white, non males. Institutionalized racism AND sexism.

    • Bodhisattva

      True, but they’re determined to insist it’s whites keeping them down. How could it be anything else, they insist. Typically any time someone does poorly, even if they’re white, liberals first look for external reasons for their poor performance and rarely admit that perhaps the person is at fault.

  • Yet, HBCUs like Howard University, where I serve as a dean, prepare the majority of black physicians, engineers, and other STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) PhDs, and more than 50 percent of the nation’s black teachers.

    That makes me suspect of all those black physicians, engineers and STEM doctorates, if they have to graduate from Howard and not a real school. That and I think many of these professionals aren’t really in that profession, but in ancillary fields related to their profession. For example, being the Diversity-EEOC-HR-AA director for a big tech firm is not the same thing as being a CSIT professional.

    • leftists are delusional

      Especially considering other universities are bending over backwards with scholarship money to recruit “qualified” blax.

    • Brian

      She thinks the high number of professionals from the HCBUs is proof they are doing something great and needed. All it really shows is that blacks can only pass when they’re somewhere that’s set up just for them…the ‘special olympics’ of colleges.

  • JohnEngelman

    1. Black parents are not invested in their children’s education and do not engage in school-affirming behaviors.

    False. The National Center for Education Statistics reported in 2008 that 94 percent of African-American parents said their children did homework outside of school. The same percentage of parents reported setting aside a special time and place for their children to complete homework and having an adult in the household check it. This is the highest percentage of any subgroup of U.S. parents engaged in this critical school-affirming behavior.

    – Leslie T. Fenwick, Education Week, October 9, 2013

    If the National Center for Education Studies asked the teachers of those black students if they did their homework they would have gotten different answers.

    • Andy

      If someone asked my parents if their daughter “did homework outside of school” when I was a kid, they would have truthfully answered “yes”, because I was assigned homework and occasionally did it. There’s a long distance between that and actually being a regular homework-completer.

  • JohnEngelman

    2. A much higher percentage of white parents than black parents attend PTA meetings and parent-teacher conferences.

    False. Comparable percentages of black and white parents reported attending school meetings, according to the same 2008 NCES study. Specifically, 90 percent of white parents and 87 percent of black parents said they attended PTA meetings. Seventy-eight percent of white parents and 77 percent of black parents reported attending parent-teacher conferences.

    – Leslie T. Fenwick, Education Week, October 9, 2013

    The NCES study should have asked the people who ran the PTA meetings whose parents showed up.

    • willbest

      I been in PTA meetings, I think every parent attends one at some point in their life, but it tends to be a handful of women that treat it as a social group.

  • borogirl54

    If what this article says is true. Why then do blacks lag behind whites and Asians in school performance? In the inner city neighborhoods, kids who do well in school, are bullied because of it.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      They are bullied for “acting white” (a wholly unnatural thing for them to do).

  • Andy

    False. Comparable percentages of black and white parents reported attending school meetings, according to the same 2008 NCES study. Specifically, 90 percent of white parents and 87 percent of black parents said they attended PTA meetings. Seventy-eight percent of white parents and 77 percent of black parents reported attending parent-teacher conferences.

    ____________________________

    They’re getting this kind of results and it doesn’t occur to them someone might be fibbing?

  • Kit Ingoldby

    Do the authors even believe their own nonsense?

    • Alfred the Great

      Yes, they do. And they are indignant, if anybody challenges what they say.

  • JohnEngelman

    The National Center for Education Statistics should ask teachers of black students about the experience, and promise not to name them in the study. If the teachers of those blacks students tell the truth and are identified by name it will be bad for their careers.

  • sbuffalonative

    Another report from largely ‘self-response’ surveys. These have to be the worst barometers of actual behavior there are. Totally worthless.

    • Alfred the Great

      Are you talking about blacks or the surveys!

    • Brian

      94% of black parents self-report that their child ‘din do nuffins’. Police beg to differ.

      • sbuffalonative

        THAT is a true LOL! And I’m still going… That’s going to pop into my head at inopportune moments.

  • Rhialto

    10. Black kids have lower I.Q.’s than White kids.
    True.
    Black I.Q.’s are one standard deviation lower, and there ain’t a damn thing we can do about it, ‘cept pretend it ain’t there, ‘n’ blame Whitey for the problem.

    • JohnEngelman

      Rhialto is guilty of thought crime!

      Guards! Seize this man!

    • leftists are delusional

      Two standard deviations when you look at the Africans that are not half White.

      • Whitetrashgang

        Yes what is wrong with some people, blacks in real life have 60-70 IQs

    • Jefferson

      The percentage of Blacks with a triple digit I.Q is lower than the percentage of Asians who are over 6 feet tall.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      IQ tests have been invented by racist Whites in order to oppress Blacks, but at the same time Whites and Blacks don’t exist because race is a social construct. If you have a score high enough on the non-existent IQ test then you can understand it, you evil non-existent White oppressor of non-existent Blacks!

      • watling

        Chess ability is a social construct. Blacks would be as good as whites if the game weren’t inherently racist. White always moves first.

  • dd121

    In this case the stereotypes are stereotypes because they’re 99% true.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      That’s a stereotype about stereotypes.

  • Alfred the Great

    I didn’t have blacks in my high school and there were very few at West Point. When I taught tactics at Fort Sill and at Fort Leavenworth, the black officers were ALWAYS the worst students. Even when I gave them a script for a tactical briefing, they had no clue what they were doing. And then I would tell them, in front of the entire class, “Good effort, F minus.” They can sound very forceful and confident, but they don’t say anything. I used to counsel them, then they would get mad, and then I would say, “You are all show and no go. The grade of F, that you earned, stands.” The ONLY reason blacks get ahead in the Army, like Collin Powell, for example, is because of affirmative action.

    • Luca

      Political correctness kills. Can you imagine these affirmative action specialists leading men into battle? When I was in the service very few of the ones I ran across were nothing more than substandard at best.

    • Tarczan

      I know a black guy who claims he is a retired army colonel. He makes a big deal out of it, col license plates, army flag, tells everyone to call him colonel. The guy is a complete head case, even all the blacks in the hood hate this guy. I just can’t believe someone as screwed up, stupid and dishonest as this headcase could be a colonel. Is there any way to check him out?

      • I would just call him “n-word”.

      • leftists are delusional

        Honestly a complete retard could have been promoted to a full bird if he was the right color.

        It would be hard to confirm his actual rank without his cooperation.

        • Tarczan

          Jeez, did you know this guy? Describes him perfectly.

          • leftists are delusional

            No, I just know what happens when affirmative discrimination is practiced.

      • Alfred the Great

        He may very well have been. From your description, he sounds typical. Search the internet, his name should come up; I know that mine does.

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      Collin Powell is really intelligent, but he is at most 1/8 negro.

      • Alfred the Great

        I saw him in an interview. He was asked how a man who made Cs and Ds at New York City College (I may not have the name of the school correct, but it was a small school and definitely not NYU.) rose to the highest rank in the military. His response, “Only in America.”

    • Norseman

      It might be that Colin Powell got ahead in the US military because of AA. I don’t know. In all fairness though, Powell actually strikes me as a person who is rational, constructive, reasonable and intelligent. I would not believe him to be intellectually brilliant, but then again few people are. He also seemed like the type of person who would know the scope of the role he was assigned and maintain its integrity, as well as understand the limits of his own capacities and not try to go beyond them.

      These are only my impressions based on what I saw of Colin Powell in his political roles. I might be mistaken.

      • Brian

        I have no beef with Powell’s intellect or qualifications. He probably benefited a good deal from AA, but he’s certainly competent. (Of course there is a lot of cream in his coffee too.) I would be thrilled if blacks were closer to his level on average. That they aren’t is the problem. But I prefer to focus on the actual jigaboos and thugs rather than running Powell down. Remember folks, this is a target-rich environment.

  • JohnEngelman

    Excuses, excuses.

    When I was a child and teenager I made excuses for blacks. When I was a young adult I got tired of making excuses for those people. Now I am tried of hearing them.

    I will believe that they are equal to whites as soon as most of them begin to behave and perform as well as most whites.

    • FransSusan

      ….which will never happen…. “as soon as most of them begin to behave and perform as well as most whites.”

    • watling

      You’ve only got to look at black majority African countries where alleged white racism is absent to realise that their behaviour and performance are still way behind.

      Mind you, I believe efem’tiv ekshun still happens in South Africa, nearly two decades after apartheid ended. I really miss the South Africa Sucks blog.

  • bigone4u

    Hogwash. I can recognize hogwash when I read it.

  • Erasmus

    Stereotyping[profiling] works.

    Sorry, Leslie, so long as it works, you’re never going to get rid of it. But, be of good cheer. Since you’ve got a problem you can never solve and our “leaders” haven’t the balls to say that throwing money at it is a waste of revenue, you’re on the gravy train for life.

  • Spartacus

    “…black culture…”

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    • JohnEngelman

      I would never feel safe with those two. They would treat me like a friend. They would go drinking with me. Then they would kill me and rob me.

      • David Ashton

        They might, or they might not. However, due prudence is recommended.
        Ethnic stereotypes often have significance, except of course in the case of your “superior race”.

        • JohnEngelman

          The negative stereotype of Jews does not include accusations of stupidity. The complaint is that Jews are “too bright by half.”

          Antisemites resent Jews because they are too intelligent, and too prosperous as a result.

          • David Ashton

            The complaints from antiquity to present times are about “business ethics” and “ethnic clannishness”. I make no comment on the veracity of this almost universal observation.

          • JohnEngelman

            Those observations are made by unsuccessful business rivals of Jews. If you are aware of a credible study that indicates that Jewish businessmen tend to be less ethical than Gentile businessmen, please post it.

            Also, during the middle ages Jews were forbidden to own land or to engage in many trades. At the same time, Christians were forbidden to become money lenders. Consequently, Jews became money lenders.

            The superior average intelligence of the Ashkenazim is often attributed to the fact that money lending requires superior intelligence. Jews who could not learn the skills left the faith, or did not have children.

            Money lending is essential to commerce. However, it is not the way to make friends. People do not like to have to borrow money. They do not like to have to pay it back.

          • David Ashton

            Cicero, Voltaire, Hume, Kant, Marx, Rathenau and Herzl were not unsuccessful business rivals of Jews, nor particularly low in IQ. As for the rest, point taken. Read Amos in the OT.

          • Brian

            This is all true but there’s a wee bit more to it. Consider the biblical story about Joseph as the vizier of Egypt, and the seven years of famine. Joe gives the Egyptians grain in exchange for all their livestock, and the next year gives them more in exchange for taking their land and making the whole country into sharecroppers.

            ‘People do not like to have to borrow money. They do not like to have to pay it back.’ _Where did Joseph get the grain that he exchanged for land and livestock?_ Presumably he took/taxed from the people’s sweat and labor; neither he nor pharaoh grew it. A foreigner takes, by force, from the nation, and then gives what they produced back to them while reducing them to penury. He then proceeds to bring in his family from Canaan, giving them food, gold, land…’living off the fat of the land’. His family earned none of that.

            Running a pawn shop is fine. Using the power of the state, backed by force, to take what I have and then selling it back to me on credit at high interest, is not.

          • David Ashton

            My brief reply simply listing prominent people from Cicero through Kant to Herzl, who have expressed such observations but who have not been business rivals, has been removed from this website.

            You can do your own research by putting “Jewish Financial Crime Statistics” into a search engine. I had neither the time nor interest do more than read two entries: (1) YIVO Encyclopedia, “Crime and Criminals”, and (2) an essay by Prof. Kevin McDonald on financial misbehavior, and the critical comments it evoked. Go thou and do likewise.

          • JohnEngelman

            I can easily find famous people, including Bertrand Russell who have said negative things about blacks. I do not explain my low opinion of the Negro race using them as authorities.Instead I document using credible sources that on the average they are much less intelligent than whites, and much more prone to crime.

            (There are individual blacks that I like, but that is a topic for another post.)

            What I have asked for are credible studies indicating that Jewish businessmen and financiers tend to be less ethical than Gentile businessmen and financiers. I am confident that there are none, because Jewish businessmen and financiers do not tend to be less ethical than their Gentile rivals, only more capable.

            Pointing out that Jews overwhelmingly vote Democratic does not serve as an condemnation of them.

          • David Ashton

            My point was that people who have historically accused Jews for avarice or dishonest trading were not all intellectually inferior or business rivals. This answers an earlier assertion of yours.

            I have not to my best recollection referred to historic Jewish support of the Democrats in the USA.

            Your standard of “credibility” is exorbitant, if you have done the internet search I recommended.

            Some Jews have made important contributions to science, medicine, mathematics and economic theory. Some Jews have been notably involved in dubious financial activities. I would not expect them to show up at all in the statistics of pub fights on Saturday nights or domestic violence, but in statistics of white-collar crime requiring high intelligence (oligarchs), an exception being organised crime in the USA. In the USSR they were quite prominent for years in the secret police.

          • Brian

            I have no problem acknowledging high Ashkenazi IQ, and I recognize and admire massive historical achievement. As for resentment, it’s not just jealousy; there is also the perception of someone benefiting from a host society while working against its interests. E.g. Israel gets to have an ethnostate with tight immigration control and less-than-total separation of religion and state while relying on big brother USA for support, but we Americans have a different set of rules. Who disproportionately backs the NAACP, SPLC, ACLU, AIPAC, Red Scare communists and spies, pro-amnesty groups, and the general push for multicult in the media? It’s not a conspiracy, but there is disproportionate impact for memes and orgs that knock down WASPs in the US. Those of us with enough pattern recognition skill to notice high black criminality are also bound to notice that certain types of names tend to show up among the Wall St. clowns who nearly took down our financial system.

            Basically, we resent The Elite Cathedral out to destroy us for their gain, and the demographics of the elite are not proportional to the population. I can recognize this while harboring no ill for any individual son of Abraham. I can love Murray Gell-Mann and hate Morris Dees. Unfortunately, the more stupid among us want a one-size-fits-all heuristic with a binary friend/foe designation.

    • Erasmus

      I can think of nothing unique to black culture that isn’t outright dysfunctional.

  • willbest

    1. Setting time and place for your kid without follow through is irrelevant

    2. Those PTA numbers are clearly a sham. I have been to no PTA meeting where there has been anywhere near that level of participation on a regular basis

    5. Meaningless credentials are meaningless and experience beyond about 4-5 years is irrelevant to performance in these situations. Also, it taking longer for Blacks to advance up the career chain is evidence that they are taking longer to develop as well as an indication of their experience level. And in fact, it takes lower quality people longer to achieve a promotion than highly talented and ambitious people

    7. Tobacco operates as a mild performance enhancer. Alcohol and drug usage won’t have a material affect on grades unless they are abused. It isn’t enough to report usage/experiment rates, you need to understand the type of usage.

  • DailyKenn

    How encouraging it is to be liberated from black stereotypes. We can now expect liberals, by the thousands, to take advantage of low housing costs in black neighborhoods and relocate where they can enjoy the diversity they are so fond of advocating and imposing on the rest of us.

    • Fighting_Northern_Spirit

      Yep, you can buy entire city blocks in Detroit for pocket change, yet mysteriously liberals or even wealthy blacks didn’t flock there.

  • So CAL Snowman

    ” The worst images of black culture have been manufactured and placed in
    broad circulation. As an antidote, educators must find, consciously
    elevate, and celebrate the best of black culture in schools and
    classroom. When schools put the best of black culture in broad
    circulation (through serious and ubiquitous curricular content and
    instructional materials), black students experience identity
    restoration, and all students learn meaningful cultural appreciation.”

    I damn near fell out of my chair when I read this. The best of black culture?? What exactly does that entail?

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      Rap.

    • Brian

      I hear 1987 was an excellent vintage for grape drank.

    • watling

      Goat curry with a side order of KFC and peanut butter

  • Tarczan

    This is a great article! It is jam packed with a wealth of humorous material, but when you add it all up, if what this guy says is true, blacks should be outperforming whites. I wonder what his excuse is, inspite of all this wonderful nurturing, blacks are still as dumb as dirt.

    Let me add one more untrue stereotype about black education: Black schools spend less per student than white schools.

    FALSE.

    • JohnEngelman

      A website that unfortunately no longer exists documented that in 2003 the public school system of Washington, DC spent more per student than the public school system of any state, had a higher percentage of blacks than any state public school system, and got lower test scores than any state public school system.

  • Luca

    ” The National Center for Education Statistics reported in 2008 that 94 percent of African-American parents said their children did homework outside of school. The same percentage of parents reported setting aside a special time and place for their children to complete homework and having an adult in the household check it. This is the highest percentage of any subgroup of U.S. parents engaged in this critical school-affirming behavior.”

    Just wait until Asian parents hear about this.

    Many of the blacks I have known are baffled by things like percentages. I suspect they are throwing random figures in the air that bear no correlation to each other to make it achieve outcomes they desire. I would be curious who did this statistical analysis and survey. Did they speak to two-parent homes only? If so, only about 30% of black students come from two-parent families. So perhaps of that 30% maybe 94% of those look after their kids as described. This does not correlate into 94% of black students doing their homework with parental guidance. It would be more like 28% overall.

    Furthermore, if all the popular “negative” stereotypes are false, then what are we left with for an excuse of their dismal academic performance and high drop out rates compared to other racial groups? their achievement numbers should be smashing all the stereotypes instead of reinforcing them.

    • dukem1

      All this statistical nonsense comes from the bogus research which earns these educationists their worthless credentials.
      It is not at all unusual to earn a Phd in education by simply collating the results of a survey.
      I suspect that articles such as this will in the not too distant future provide the basis for many more billions of dollars spent on policy initiatives.
      May I be the first to say here “The emperor has no clothes!!!!”

      • Puggg

        I don’t know, remember the beltway snipers? The chief of police in Montgomery County MD, Charles Moose, black, has a Phd. The former police chief in St. Louis, Dan Isom, has a Phd. I’m not the brightest bulb in the box but I think I can outsmart both of them put together. Are they handing out education and criminology Phd’s like candy?

      • Franklin_Ryckaert

        What did you expect? The emperor is black!

  • tacheles

    You know instantly that you are dealing with a deluded article when you read the phrase “black parents” that appears so frequently in the article.

    • Sick of it

      They may have chosen some of the few cases where both parents were present in the household. In any case, these figures are obviously garbage.

  • Stentorian_Commentator

    So, if those “myths” are untrue, then we are left with . . . blacks are stoopid! They dumbass! Maybe those “myths” aren’t defamation, but a desperate attempt by whites to come to any conclusion other than . . . they stoopid! They dumbass!
    Actually there are some ways that blacks have it all over me intellectually. For example, I still can’t grasp the distinction Rachael Jeantel made between “WHUP ass” and “whup AAAAHHHHSSSSSSSSSS”, which I understand is crucial in understanding Trayvon Martin’s intentions and intended behavior in beating up George Zimmermann. I still don’t get it.

  • Beetlejuice

    “Some believe the gap is a function of weak family and community structures.”

    I believe it is a function of low IQ.

    “Some say these blacks are exceptions and are successful because they embrace and actualize a white cultural-value system.”

    They are successful because of Affirmative Action.

    Next myth.

    • FransSusan

      My thoughts exactly!

  • My daughter can now recover her RC pterosaur from an inverted flat spin; she tucks one of the wings in and lets it roll. Ariadne had fun with the usual area flock of crows that way, as she can now deliberately depart and then recover. We worked on multiplication today.

    I think a departure and subsequent recovery is a nice milestone. She had a red-tailed hawk chasing the radio-controlled pterosaur and she departed it on purpose. The hawk looked very confused, and shrieked in fury.

  • John R

    Here are a number of negative stereotypes about blacks:
    1. Blacks have lower intelligence than Whites.
    True. Nearly all objective measures of intellect reveal an IQ gap between blacks and Whites of about 15 points, one standard deviation.
    2. Blacks are more likely to be unemployed than Whites.
    True. On average, black unemployment is about twice as high as White unemployment.
    3. Blacks engage in reckless procreation.
    True. About 15% of White babies are born out of wedlock. The comparable figure for blacks? Seventy-five percent!
    4. Blacks commit most of the interracial violence in the US.
    True. Roughly 90% of interracial assaults feature black assailants and White victims. And most of the “White” on black assaults turn out to be committed by Hispanics.
    5. Blacks are violent.
    True. A black man is roughly eight times as more likely to commit murder than a White man. About one half of America’s murderers are black.
    6. Black men lust after White women, but White men do not find black women attractive.
    True. Roughly 30,000 White women are raped by black men every year. The figure for black women raped by White men? Too low to give an accurate count.
    Yep. All those unfounded stereotypes! Anyone think of some more?

    • Jesse James

      Well done.

    • Jerrybear

      The typical leftist response to items 1-6; It’s white institutional racism that is the cause of all of these inconvenient truths.

      • MBlanc46

        Da turrible, turrible legacy ob da slabery.

      • JohnEngelman

        Whites have oppressed blacks for centuries. If it was not for us they would be colonizing Mars and the moon. We force them to commit all those crimes and have all those illegitimate children.

    • Jefferson

      True that Hispanic on African American crimes are labeled as “White” on Black crimes.

      If a member of MS-13 for example murders a member of the Crips in a drive by shooting, law enforcement will categorize it is a “White” on Black homicide.

      Even though MS-13 is a gang which originates from El Salvador. And El Salvador is definitely not a White country.

    • pcmustgo

      I’m pretty sure 30% of whites are now born out of wedlock?

  • Katherine McChesney

    LOL

  • APaige

    “So, let’s just say it: Some believe the gap is a function of weak family and community structures, male joblessness, drug use, and permissive cultural values—which they assert predominate in the black community.”
    No some believe the gap is genetics and IQ.
    Blacks SAY their kids do homework…Blacks SAY they attend parent teacher conf…Blacks SAY they do not do as much drugs.
    How does this upend stereotypes?

    • Sick of it

      She did not address how often blacks lie.

      • dukem1

        Sure she did. Did you miss the part about Black cultural achievement?

    • dukem1

      When they get arrested, Blacks SAY they didn’t do it.

  • LastBastionOfHope

    Sigh. Ok, here we go:

    1. Self-report data is about the least valid way to measure especially when it shows if you are a good parent or not. Obviously no one in their right mind would admit they were a bad parent.

    2. See #1

    5. Affirmative Action corrupts the data greatly

    7. Who’s SELLING the drugs? That’s what really matters. The danger is not in the kids who actually smoke the weed. It’s in the ones who sell it. They almost always have guns or knives on them, and get shot at by other dealers who want their “turf”. They are likely to be in gangs as well. HUGE distinction between drug users and sellers. Blacks are the dealers.

  • Funruffian

    I knew where this article headed by the second paragraph. I’ve never heard of Ms. Fenwick, but if she understood how Black kids are portrayed in the media she would honor the ‘False’ stereotype that is being lodged through TV viewers brains. So this is an involuntary admission that she should know they are mentally inferior.

    5. White educators are more qualified than black educators.

    False. For decades, research has shown that African-American educators are the nation’s most credentialed and experienced subgroup of educators. As I wrote in Education Week in 2000, they are more likely than their white peers to hold a master’s or doctoral degree in education and possess more years of experience as a classroom teacher when they ascend to the principalship and more years as a principal when they ascend to the superintendency.
    While all of her points are dead false, I would like to know that there isn’t any such word as ‘principalship’ and ‘superintendency’. Blacks do excel in malapropism.
    As far as Black educators are concerned, few of the ones I ran into never passed their CSET exam to make them intern eligible. I passed this exam on my first attempt. I over heard a group of Black females complaining during a training session that they had taken the CSET several times to no avail.

  • shmo123

    The part about blacks in education holding more advanced degrees makes me laugh every time. Education is the Rodney Dangerfield of academic disciplines. Every year, there are “graduates” from countless online universities that get “Phd’s” and then get gigs as administrative hacks in other “Universities”. It only takes a couple of years, if that, and no dissertation required. I’ve always thought about starting my own University (Swampwater U. a true backwater) and handing out degrees for the right price– a true marriage of commerce and education.

    • MBlanc46

      I hope that your mascot will be Amerind-related.

    • Norseman

      Some schools eschew people with excessive education and pedagogic credentials.
      Apparently these schools consider knowledge of the subjects more important.

  • Dave4088

    Save it Leslie because our eyes and ears don’t lie. You can spin doctor the statistics all you want, but Chicago, Detroit, Camden and predominantly black schools are abject failures because of an average black IQ approaching mental retardation and black African DNA that make it forever impossible for you and your people to live successfully in first world nations.

    • JohnEngelman

      Leslie reminds me of an e-mail conversation I had with Tim Wise. He told me that the increase in black illegitimacy was due to a decline in the number of children black married couples have.

      I tried to be polite in the face of his idiocy, but he became increasingly rude and belligerent. Finally, he told me to stop sending him e-mail letters. When I sent him one more it came back rejected.

  • MekongDelta69

    blah, blah, blah…

    Some believe the gap is a function of weak family and community structures, male joblessness, drug use, and permissive cultural values

    blah, blah, blah…

    You left out one ‘genius’ – IQIQIQIQIQ

    Btw, we don’t believe – We know

  • Puggg

    “Parent-Teacher conferences.”

    Why do we think kids will become instantly smarter if only their parents visit their kids’ teachers regularly?

    • dukem1

      We don’t.
      They do.
      And they’re probably right. Show up and Mau-mau the teacher into passing young Trayvon.

  • leftists are delusional

    ” use of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs has consistently been found to be less prevalent among African-American high school seniors than their white peers.”

    Did the author consider the doper black kids don’t make it to their senior year?

    • QuinnTheEskimo9

      The author uses selective information. Let’s compare rates of crack. Not only that, she offers up no proof. But the media will blast this ignoramuses’ proclamations as if it were gospel. To question anything she says is racist.

  • leftists are delusional

    I agree with the author, it’s not a cultural problem. She probably doesn’t agree with me that it’s a genetic problem,

  • bubo

    This is, of course, patently absurd. Little more than a collection of cherry picked statistics and references to spurious “studies and research” with no citation. She’s basically demanding that we suspend reality and adhere to her alternate version.

    Sorry, I think I’ll just stick with what I know.

    A college student writing a sophomore level paper couldn’t get away with this type of stuff.

  • dukem1

    Spent=wasted.

  • What a piece of propaganda.

    • foundingstockcracker

      Lots of assertions. No facts.

  • MBlanc46

    Self-reports. Absolutely the most solid sort of data, you betcha.. And so far as black teachers with masters degrees and doctorates, can you say “affirmative action”?

    • Franklin_Ryckaert

      I can only say “dissimulative action”.

  • Charles W.

    Yet more hand-wringing and verbal acrobatics in a futile attempt to divert attention from the elephant in the room. What else is new.

  • Puggg

    “Making your children do their homework”

    Once they get to a certain age, they should know and have the internal self-startedness to do it themselves without having to be told.

  • FormerlyEdNY

    This is nothing but left-wing propaganda with no basis of truth or fact.

  • Easyrhino1

    Is this from The Onion?

  • Blacks stereotype themselves to the point where they are (nearly) mock-proof.

  • Dave4088

    Good one, except hardly any black parents would show up. The PTA? Dat be fo white folk.

  • alex

    “The National Center for Education Statistics reported…that 94% of African America Parents said their kids did homework outside of school.
    Black parent(s) said so. It must be true.

    • foundingstockcracker

      “He bez a good boy,” hear that aplenty don’t we?

      • alex

        “He was nice to everyone.He couldn’t possibly kill, (rape, rob, inflict great bodily harm…)”
        Actually, I can believe that he was nice to (almost) everyone. He just had occasional urges to kill, (rape, rob, inflict great bodily harm…)
        Pit bull can play with a kid one moment, then maul him(her) the next.

  • Franklin_Ryckaert

    They are descendants of a demographic that never went “out of Africa”.

  • Franklin_Ryckaert

    We are talking here about “affirmative statistics”.

  • Timothy Adams

    With one in three black American males winding up in the prison system, it don’t matter how well the rest do in school.

  • bubo

    The mulatto woman brags :For decades, research has shown that African-American educators are the nation’s most credentialed and experienced subgroup of educators.

    If you’ve made it to the 5th bullet point without passing out from laughter, this is the kill shot. I’ll give em this, blacks have a real knack for taking the truth and twisting it 180 degrees. It’s an art.

    • Juan Outtamany

      Getting a PhD is PhysEd or Housing Studies is REAL hard

    • alex

      Michael Eric Dyson is a typical black pseudo-intellectual.
      Has anybody here read Michelle Obama’s Princeton thesis?

  • Michael Enoch

    The most interesting conclusion here is that the conventional wisdom surrounding these supposedly “school affirming behaviors” is just hot air. Help your kids with homework, attend meetings and be engaged with the PTA or whatever all you want, It doesn’t mean anything. What matters is how smart the kid is. This goes for whites too. I would not expect low IQ whites whose parents did these things to be able to increase their child’s scores. And high IQ white kids do well regardless of whether their parents do these things or totally neglect them.

  • William Krapek

    “1. Black parents are not invested in their children’s education and do not engage in school-affirming behaviors.

    False. The National Center for Education Statistics reported in 2008 that 94 percent of African-American parents said their children did homework outside of school. The same percentage of parents reported setting aside a…”

    Yeah. I don’t think I’m going to finish this bullshit.

  • Brian

    These erroneous and insulting beliefs persist because they are buoyed by
    a constant recitation of negative statistics about blacks in the
    research literature and unrelentingly circulated in news accounts.


    ‘Erroneous beliefs’ are caused by ‘constant recitation of negative statistics’. In other words, facts are doubleplusungoodthinkful.

    • KevinPhillipsBong

      I, too, zeroed in on this sentence. Tortuous and yet specious logic.

  • Brian

    94 percent of African-American parents said their children did homework
    outside of school. The same percentage of parents reported setting aside
    a special time and place for their children to complete homework and
    having an adult in the household check it.

    Are these the same 94% of black parents who claim their loinfruit ‘din do nuffins’ when caught red-handed in a crime? The same parents who are incapable of feeding said loinfruit and require the state to provide free school meals, and Head Start gov’t daycare?

  • Brian

    Who knew that all that experience in cotton picking would translate so well into modern data cherry-picking? Ms. Fenwick is a world-beater.

  • Brian

    They are the most religious in terms of the percentage who believe in a deity, but of course that’s different from regular church attendance.

    • Bodhisattva

      Yeah, “Black liberation theology” and “Black Muslims” are more of a cult than a faith when you get right down to it.

  • Juan Outtamany

    When the 6th grade is your senior year… homework be easy

    • MBlanc46

      But when your IQ is 85, even sixth-grade work taxes you to the limits of your capacity.

  • blight14

    The comments after the original article are delusional………..

  • Garrett Brown

    You took statistics based on asking black people questions expecting them to answer honestly… So all of these “facts” are incorrect and not accurate.

  • Yale2001

    This is truly a fraudulent article. This article is the exact opposite of every under-grad and graduate experience I have had. It is also the opposite of every experience I have had with my 2 children in school. You can try to sell this to someone else, my life experiences has told me the opposite of what this article is preaching.

  • hastings88

    True. Black students are less intelligent and more prone to disruptive behavior. There, I fixed the article.

  • leftists are delusional

    jbhe(dot)com/latest/index012209_p.html

  • Stan D Mute

    The ONE thing unmentioned, and curiously enough the ONE thing that accurately predicts and describes Afro educational results, is IQ. No matter how much effort you put in, no matter how much money, no matter how the culture plays into it, with the average low Afro IQ, Afros will always yield subpar students. Those few Afros who do come out well, the Thomas Sowells and the Walter Williams of the world are merely the geniuses of the Afro gene pool just like whites have our Galileo’s and Newton’s.

    To me, what’s interesting is how much more has been invented and created by whites with their lower average IQ’s than by orientals. Even the Jews, with up to a 15 point advantage, don’t seem to invent or create that much more than whites. They seem to proliferate in medicine, mathematics, and law, but not as the true visionaries of history. Orientals proliferate in medicine and engineering, but again seem not to make the truly great leaps of inspiration we see from the greatest whites in history. Is there some mutation that happens in the white race most frequently that creates the Da Vinci’s and Copernicus’?

    • Tarczan

      The bell curve on whites is broader shaped than the other races. There are more individuals at both ends of the curve.

      • Stan D Mute

        Can you provide a source for that? I have The Bell Curve here and there may be something in it on that point, but if you have something online I’d like to see it.

  • Alfred the Great

    While I was an instructor, I can only remember one White officer that I had as a student who was pretty stupid and he didn’t get promoted.

  • stewball

    I agree wholeheartedly with the article.

  • stewball

    How many white schools are weak performing?

  • stewball

    Start worrying about what will happen when the Muslims overrun the world and that time is coming soon.

  • FormerlyEdNY

    Watch almost any episode of “The First 48” and you can see the reality of black and brown culture and what they are capable of destroying. After doing so you can infer that they are not capable of meaningful achievement or of civilized behavior.

  • Thor Bonham

    I’m not buying ANY of this crap ..I don’t believe one word .. I have experience that says otherwise ..

  • deadindenver

    If the article is true and I have some doubts, but if true it actually is another indicator that IQ is mostly heritable. The article argues Blacks are receiving the same “nurturing” from there parents as Whites but clearly outcomes are not the same. Almost comes close to the scientific method 😉 either way it does nothing to bolster the nurture argument and in fact detracts it.

  • HJ11

    No matter what PR efforts are put into improving the perception of Blacks, one fact remains: They are not White and they are not my kind. I, therefore, benignly wish to be separate from them as well as from all other non-Whites.

    The presence of non-Whites among Whites just increases the possibility of gene flow and the hijacking of the White path of evolution. Non-Whites are harmful to Whites even when they are not conscious of this fact and even when they do not intend harm.

  • JohnEngelman

    Because I did not get Tim Wise’s permission to post the exchange here I am reluctant to do so. However, if you click on my avatar you will see my e-mail address. Send me an e-mail address, and I will send it to you.

    • Why should we have to read anything that Tim Wiseguy wrote? If I wanted to do listen to that kind of language, I’d spend all night near the door of one of the many black drug/whore houses in my city. If I wanted to digest the political “wisdom” of Tim Wiseguy, I would do better to hang around that “hospital” on Arsenal Street.

      • JohnEngelman

        Tim Wise is good for a laugh. I wonder if there are any whites who are still masochistic enough to pay attention to his nonsense.

        White liberals should not feel guilty about blacks. They should feel angry. Black crime and the black ghetto riots that happened from 1964 to 1968 destroyed the New Deal coalition, and lead to the Republican ascendancy.

  • Ezra Pound

    If evolution gave us different color skin, why is it so hard to believe that it gave us different intellectual abilities also? Someday, the egalitarians are going to have accept that nature did not make peoples “equal” (i.e., interchangeable) and no amount of legislation or minority hand-wringing will ever change that. This is not to say that, objectively speaking, one group is absolutely “superior” to another – just different, though obviously in certain areas one group IS objectively superior to the other, e.g., IQ in whites with regard to blacks.

  • scutum

    Ms. Leslie T. Fenwick appears to be a Negro. Could it be that her article is biased toward negroes?

  • Bodhisattva

    So… you’re saying that the problems are that blacks CAN but DON’T fix their communities? Much easier to just blame it on “crackers” and continue doing what they do?

  • Bodhisattva

    Too bad reality remains what it is despite your delusions, Leslie. The gap IS a function of weak family and community structures, male joblessness, drug use, and permissive cultural values. It’s NOT that the black community is ‘beyond intervention’ – that’s a straw man argument of YOUR creation. However, no amount of intervention will succeed unless the community accepts it’s part in the creation and continuation of the problems, which seems to be exactly what YOU are against doing. You admit the truth when you obliquely reference “negative statistics about blacks in the research literature” – the truth is there, YOU ARE AWARE OF IT, and yet you disparage it. Unless you’re only agreeable to statistics that are contrived to support your own chosen beliefs as your ‘quiz’ suggests.

  • Brian

    They should hold them at Chuck E. Cheese.

  • Brian

    Mind the gap.

  • Brian

    I agree on all but Billy Sherman. Then again, I live in Atlanta. 😉

  • gregCall

    Lets go down the list shall we?
    1- 94% of black parents say they are very actively supporting their childrens education. could be a very specific and not typical group of blacks polled, or could be blacks are just likely to lie.
    2 – Same as first, what they say aint necessarily so.
    5 – No way I believe this although with all the pressure for black to succeed, some “affirmative action” degrees are expected.
    7 – No way possible, most of “black culture” is based around drug use and sales, of course what else would be expected of a Washington D.C. based think tank.
    In short just more disinformation produced by the usual suspects.

    • Garrett Brown

      They’re just lying.

  • Bodhisattva

    The key phrase in this piece, “… skew funding priorities in education and elsewhere”, can be summed up in one word: reparations. This is really what it’s all about – establishing a permanent, dependent underclass that will then have actual valid reasons to demand more money from those who refuse to be dependent, because they’re demanding that we set up the very “systems of privilege and power” that they claim are to blame. The more money is spent giving people, INCLUDING WHITE PEOPLE, excuses NOT to take responsibility for themselves, the more they will be encouraged to be dependent and to remain underachievers.