Black Boys in Crisis: Why Aren’t They Reading?

Matthew Lynch, Huffington Post, September 16, 2014

Though people outside the “Black boy” demographic like to think that American K-12 schools, workplaces and courthouses are pillars of fairness, those within the grouping know better. Study after study, research report after research report, and statistic after statistic all point to a crisis among the young, Black men of the nation–beginning in homes, stretching to K-12 educational experiences, and leading straight to the cycle of incarceration in increasingly high numbers.

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This spring, the Black Star Project published findings that just 10 percent of eighth-grade Black boys in the U.S. are considered “proficient” in reading. In urban areas like Chicago and Detroit, that number was even lower. By contrast, the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress found that 46 percent of white students are adequate readers by eighth grade, and 17 percent of Black students as a whole are too. The achievement gap between the two races is startling, but the difference between the NAEP report on Black students as a whole and the Black Star findings of just Black boys is troubling too. It is not simply Black children in general who appear to be failing in the basics–like literacy; it is the boys.

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While it is true that Black boys often arrive in Kindergarten classrooms with inherent disadvantages, they continue to experience a “behind the 8-ball” mentality as their school careers progress. Black boys are more likely than any other group to be placed in special education classes, with 80 percent of all special education students being Black or Hispanic males. {snip}

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  • Tim_in_Indiana

    No doubt it’s due to the “legacy of being denied the privilege of reading during the slavery era.” Etc. Powerful mojo in that “legacy” stuff.

    • obot

      da turbo leguthy ub da slayburry

      • B.A_2014

        The legacy of Slavery Eau de toilette worn by Matthew McConaughey.

    • bilderbuster

      It’s not like they had the opportunity to learn to read in Africa before they came here or even had books.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      Why read at all?… when you can rely heavily on all that “oral history” bull crap…”my blue-gum great, great, great grandiddy done tole me.”

  • Easyrhino

    I’m sure the DC brain trust is trying to dream up some connection between black illiteracy and White/institutional racism or the legacy of slavery.

    The blame will be assigned to anyone or thing with the exception of blacks themselves and their mucked up culture and values.

    • AndrewInterrupted

      And the teachers are probably mostly Black, who probably fudge the scores upward, just as in Atlanta schools. So the 10% number might be inflated? OMFG!

    • obot

      Just like math is for old white men, perhaps reading is also for old white men. Just give them some bouncy balls and let them do what they do best

      • bilderbuster

        Give them the balls then next they’ll want you to buy them the shoes.

    • Samuel Hathaway

      You canNOT find any problem unique to the black community that, eventually, they will not blame on whites. NONE.

  • DaveMed

    From the original article:

    _____________________________________________________________________

    So what can be done to save this group of children that consistently seem to fall through the cracks of a society that does little to rescue them?

    _____________________________________________________________________

    You see? It’s always our fault.

    • obot

      Why is it they always need to be rescued?

      • [Guest]

        And why are there always people eager to try to rescue them?

        • Grandiose moral posturing on the part of the libtards. They want to be publicly viewed as somehow better than the rest of us.

      • The official answer to your question, obot is “racism”.

      • Lagerstrom

        Rescue them? Quick, throw that black boy some Conrad or Camus!

      • Maximo Partagas

        Because left to their own devices blacks will ultimately destroy themselves and their immediate surroundings. We should have never imported the black animal to this continent, the best we can hope to do now is to contain them.

    • John R

      I know. “Rescue them”? Uhhh, I have a question: Excuse me, but where is your evidence that they are equal to other races? Name the study. So, maybe they are reading about as well as is to be expected.

    • baldowl

      I sit in traffic behind school buses every morning, as these simian scholars board them, and I think it’s unfair to everyone that they have to go to school. I can tell from their expressions, attitudes, and modes of dress that they’re nothing but disruptive all day long. They don’t want to be there; they don’t deserve to be there. There are children there who actually enjoy learning, and they shouldn’t have to try to learn through the noise and chaos of unruly beasts.

    • SaggyGenes

      They are falling through the cracks in their own DNA.

      • DaveMed

        AmRen posted an article specially for you, today!

      • bilderbuster

        Maybe in the old days it wasn’t a matter of not teaching them to read but more of a matter of spending our time doing something more productive instead.

      • DNA Explains It All

        BINGO, tell him what he has won Don…

    • HE2

      So right, DaveM. The unwilling and unteachable cannot be taught, but hey, ignore that.
      Black non-logic says it MUST come down to White’s magic juju to fix the problem. They are but passive partners awaiting the next program with an Orwellian name.
      In the 21st Century, there lives among us a vast Cargo Cult. Scary.

    • 48224

      It’s hard to read a book when you are shooting a Glock at someone because they looked at you the wrong way.

  • What, he didn’t blame the school to prison pipeline?

    Any HBDer worth his or her salt could deduce that black men are the race-sex combo least likely to want to read and to have the worst verbal test scores.

  • Nomo Mojo

    I don’t think printing books in ebonics and using the gang graffiti alphabet would help. This group is simply deficient intellectually, morally, ethically, and culturally.

  • LHathaway

    This is interesting because the way this is presented, what is the takeaway? Read more. Who reads Huffpost? Liberal whites with white boys and girls.

  • TruthBeTold

    While it is true that Black boys often arrive in Kindergarten classrooms
    with inherent disadvantages, they continue to experience a “behind the
    8-ball” mentality as their school careers progress. Black boys are more
    likely than any other group to be placed in special education classes,
    with 80 percent of all special education students being Black or
    Hispanic males.

    They start out behind and therefore need special ed.

    I recall when blacks demanded special programs to help black kids falling behind.

    It’s like I always say, when it comes to blacks you’re damned if you do and damned if you don’t.

    If you don’t provide them with extra help, you’re a racist.

    If you identify them as having problems and needing extra help, you’re a racist.

    When it comes to blacks, you can’t win.

    • cherrie greenbaum123

      The only logical solution is to lower the bar yet again because it is apparently set too high. What value is this “reading” thing, anyway? And who needs to learn how to write? Rachel Jeantel openly admitted that she can’t read cursive. When did this “reading” thing get started and why does everyone seem to think it’s so important. It’s outdated and “acting White”.

    • obot

      At least you can turn manure into fertilizer or fuel. What can you do with blacks?

      • John R

        Well, you could technically, naaahh, I better not say it! (Just joking, moderator!)

      • bilderbuster

        Fertilizer, pet food, fishing bait?

    • I suspect that in many cases these black “special education” students are really placed in this category because (A), they are disruptive disciplinary trouble, and (B) their mothers each get a nice, fat Social Security disability check each month after little N’DeShitavious is declared “mentally handicapped”.

  • AmericanCitizen

    Perhaps something new is needed. We should spend massive amounts of tax dollars in these inner city schools. We should provide them with free meals so they aren’t distracted by hunger. The government should start some programs directed at helping black youth.

    Oh, I just realized. We’ve been doing that for 45 years now and in return we have a semi-literate subclass of surly, lazy, and insolent blacks who blame everyone else for their failures as a race.

    • TruthBeTold

      We’re just not trying hard enough. We have to re-double our efforts. Increase spending on education. Blah blah blah…

      • AndrewInterrupted

        Wow. This chart is disturbing. I wonder how much of this has to do with the breakdown of the two-parent household?

        • obot

          We also used to run a balanced budget. Once the criminals figured out they could put everything on the US taxpayer credit card, spending went out of control.

          • Remember the “peace dividend” the economy was supposed to get at the termination of the Cold War? Entitlement spending for non-white bloc-voters was allowed to skyrocket, so there wasn’t any peace dividend.

        • John R

          Breakdown of the two parent household? WTF! Are you kidding me? Look, this is the American Renaissance website, not the water cooler where you work. We can be honest here. It isn’t the breakdown of the family; it isn’t the “legacy of slavery”; it isn’t the “lower standards for African Americans”; it isn’t “poverty and discrimination”; it IS because they are an average 85 IQ group of people, as shown by every IQ test ever devised. Let’s just clear that up. Thank you.

          • Viking_61

            I think 85 is too generous, that might be encroaching on Mestizo IQ territory. Hell, black IQ is 70 in Sub-Saharan Africa.

          • Less than that in Equatorial Guinea.

          • B.A_2014

            Equatorial Guinea has the highest GDP per capita in all of Africa.

          • John R

            Yeah, the blacks there aren’t smart enough to screw things up. You need at least a minimal IQ to be a criminal.

          • Since Equatorial Guinea’s exports are 75% crude oil and 22% liquified natural gas, which totals 97% of their exports, their prosperity is an accident of petroleum geology, rather than anything these Afritards actually make themselves. Dividing massive petroleum revenues across a population of 620,000 – about the population of Denver – naturally produces a high per-capita GDP.

            Oil wealth can be a killer in the developing world, because it tends to produce massively undiversified economies.

          • B.A_2014

            what an accident to have. The country still barely functions from the pictures I’ve seen. But aren’t we always told that poverty is the cause of poor educational achievements. I guess not!

          • Bingo! The black two-parent household was an artificial product of reasonably well-paying factory jobs that were not intellectually demanding. What happened to those jobs? First Europe and Japan recovered from World War Two’s devastation, and then countries like South Korea, Taiwan, China and India industrialized.

          • AndrewInterrupted

            They have babysitters hired at schools for every purpose now. They are disguised as “Teacher’s Assistants”, even “Speech Therapists”, among other sketchy titles. All tasked with teaching, babysitting–and raising your kids. The way two parent households use to.

            24 thumbs-up to my 7? I feel violated.

      • From this chart, I think it’s fair to conclude that we need to ramp up spending on America’s ‘at-risk’ youf, as soon as humanly possible.

    • bilderbuster

      They’re not a failure by Black standards as they excel at what Blacks do.
      They’re failures at being White or any other race.

  • Visceral

    Nothing new here. Blacks are less intelligent and more violent, and are therefore outcompeted by Whites and Asians in academics.

    That Occam’s Razor is a real sticking point for the leftists. Quick definition: “When you have two competing theories that make exactly the same predictions, the simpler one is the better.”

    Or shall we rather believe in a vast invisible conspiracy like evil White men in dark smokey rooms inventing “institutional racism”?

    • Rhialto

      As a public school student in the 1950’s, who was in classes with Blacks, I observed that Blacks did at least as well as Whites of the same IQ. The school system was not run by Liberals, but by educators dedicated to maximizing education for all students. Stupid and violent Blacks (and Whites) were segregated into holding pens where they could not disrupt normal students.

      All the “Black boys” in my 8th grade class could read, or they would not have been in the 8th grade: QED, Ipso facto.

      • Garrett Brown

        The two black kids that you went to school with?

        • Whitetrashgang

          One half white half black, the other in black face.

      • LHathaway

        Well, this article is just saying they are reading below level or are not ‘proficient’, but I hear you. I appreciate your comment and I’m glad I read it.

      • obot

        What you didn’t know was those black boys in your 8th grade class were 25 years old

      • John R

        Operant words are blacks and Whites OF THE SAME IQ. Yeah, OF COURSE they did just as well. That is a huge qualifier. Sorry, won’t wash.

      • That, however was the 1950’s. Current black social pathology didn’t hit its stride until after LBJ’s “Great Society”, which served to both subsidize the reproductive rates of society’s bottom elements as well as insulating them from the consequences of their own behavior.

        I can’t prove it, but I will bet average black IQ’s here in the USA have actually declined since your school days. The least intelligent among them are producing the most children, and have – at taxpayer expense – been allowed to do that for the last 50 years.

        • GeneticsareDestiny

          We’ve also been importing a lot of blacks from Africa as refugees, who have no white admixture and have correspondingly lower IQs. If we place them in the same group as American blacks (as the government seems to do) they will drag IQ scores and average reading ability down, too.

          • B.A_2014

            I would have thought a lot of blacks that have emigrated from Africa are the intelligent ones, at least the ones that aren’t being omitted as refugees. Does the US not have a hig proportion of African doctors?

          • GeneticsareDestiny

            Those Africans are the ones admitted through the immigration system, not the refugee system. The immigration system is supposed to select for people with qualifications and skills (though I’m not sure how good a job it does at that), while the refugee system has no minimum qualifications and purposefully brings people over from the worst hellholes in the world (such as Somalia), which are usually hellholes because of the qualities of the people who live there.

            That means that immigrant blacks tend to be smarter than American blacks, while the refugee blacks are lower-IQ than American blacks. I’m not sure how the proportions work out, but I see a lot more refugee blacks than successful immigrant blacks, so my impression (which may be wrong) is that we are importing more low-IQ blacks than high-IQ ones.

            If I’m right, the average IQ of blacks in the nation should be slowly declining, even before we account for dysgenic breeding patterns among our own blacks.

            You are right about African doctors, by the way. We do have a lot of them, and a very disproportionate percentage of them are immigrants, rather than American blacks.

          • GeneticsareDestiny

            Okay, I did some research on this, and I was wrong. We bring in more regular immigrants than refugees. But the types of African immigrants (not counting refugees) we bring in are mainly either coming in through the family reunification program or the Diversity Visa lottery, neither of which have any form of implicit IQ screening.

            (Some of those people could be reuniting with successful, intelligent black immigrants who already live here, but regression towards the mean means that most of them won’t be nearly as impressive as the original immigrant.)

            Only 6% of the total amount of Africans allowed in are let in through “Employment and Other,” which seems to be the only category that would have selection mechanisms for IQ.

            Thus, though I was incorrect on the ratio of refugees to immigrants, I stand by my original stance that the majority of the Africans we’re letting in have lower IQs than our own Africans.

            I hope this picture will display properly in Disqus; it’s got a lot of data on this issue. Edit: Good, it does! Just open it in a new tab to see it full size.

          • B.A_2014

            A lady friend of mine argued with me that the NHS (the Belfast hospitals) would fall apart without the Africans. What she didn’t realize was I had been in the hospital everyday for three months visiting my grandmother and uncle. In the whole time I never once saw an African doctor. I saw plenty of Asians, Filipinos and Indians but the clear majority were indigenous whites. The only blacks I saw worked as a cleaners. They are probably the only blacks in Ulster with a pair of work boots. I couldn’t begin to explain to you how many of them do not work. In the UK as a whole, I think half of black males are unemployed. It must be in the ninety percentile region in Ulster.

    • 1stworlder

      Asian kids found out the secret to avoid the conspiracy, by finding out that teachers hid the answers to test questions in the textbooks. The good news is you can wear any shirt you want around blacks and none of them will be smart enough to read it.

      • SaggyGenes

        “Asian kids found out the secret to avoid the conspiracy, by finding out
        that teachers hid the answers to test questions in the textbooks.”

        Thanks, I had a good laugh at that.

    • Occam be razist.

  • ncpride

    We’ll see this same nonsense five, ten, even twenty years from now, only with even more outrageous excuses for continued black failure. It’s anyone’s guess how much lower we allow negroes and other minorities to drag this nation down before we have had enough.

    • AmericanCitizen

      Nothing will change until we hit rock bottom. A good first indicator will be when a bunch of things that are normally routine go wrong and fail, like air traffic control, train routes, sewage plant operations, power plants, the things we don’t think about. The cause will be found to be incompetent minorities holding jobs they just can’t do right. There will be so many of them in these positions that it will all snowball downhill quickly.

      If you think the Post Office is inefficient because of the blacks that staff it, wait till some affirmative action blacks crash a city power grid for a week, or cause 25,000 toilets to back up, or a jet plane to land right on top of another one.

      • Whitetrashgang

        That’s called keeping it real.

      • John R

        That has been held off for now. Why? Think of the Whitest occupations: Air line pilots, physicians, and automobile technicians. In other words, when you need for the job to be done right, you use only White males. The system will break down when there aren’t enough White males left to do these jobs. They will try and survive using Asians and Hispanics, so total disaster might be averted.

      • “…or a jet plane to land on top of another one.”

        Something like that happened in the Canary Islands in 1977: two 747 airliners packed with people.

      • Delta Private Jets. Choose your pilot!

    • [Guest]

      I’m not sure there’ll be excuses made for black failure. I think it more likely that the country will just continue to model itself after Zimbabwe and Guatemala, and the New America of blacks and browns will redefine success in a way that elevates themselves and demeans white people. I believe the process is well underway.

  • JohnEngelman

    Literacy began with the Caucasian civilizations of Egypt and Mesopotamia, and is only five thousand years old. During the Roman Empire only five to ten percent of the population had any knowledge of reading and writing at all. They were all Caucasian. It should not come as a surprise that some races have an easier time learning how to read and write than others.

  • I’m waiting for someone to write a book with a title like this:

    Why Won’t Shitavious Read?

    • Whitetrashgang

      George Zimmerman should write it, or at least the forward.

  • JohnEngelman

    They are not reading for the same reason they are good at basketball. White racism.

    • Luca

      They are not reading for the same reason they are good at basketball. Genetics.

      • JohnEngelman

        Genetically they are more suited for life in the African jungle, than in a civilized country. The races have evolved in response to different population pressures.

        • Wally Wally

          If it’s genetics, why are so many blacks living successfully in your first world society? And please don’t give me the tired excuse: “they’re exceptions”. There are no exceptions to the ‘force = mass x acceleration’ rule; why are there so many exceptions to your ‘genetics rule’?

          • JohnEngelman

            But they are exceptions. The percentage of blacks who behave, perform, and achieve well is much lower than the percentage of whites who do.

            The persistence of de facto segregation means that many whites only come into contact with those exceptions. This causes them to have an unrealistically benign opinion of Negroes as a race.

          • Wally Wally

            How many exceptions are there John? And have the number of exceptions been constant through the years, and if not, why not? Your genetic theory generates a lot of questions, questions the theory should be able to answer. Or maybe, the theory hasn’t been sufficiently fleshed out?

          • JohnEngelman

            How many exceptions are there John?

            – Wally Wally

            If you are asking about the number of blacks who became successful without affirmative action policies, the answer is, “Not very many.”

          • Wally Wally

            You mean affirmative action policies like the one that allowed the gifted neurosurgeon — Dr. Ben Carson, to participate in medicine?

            “Not very many.”

            I would expect something more informative than — “not very many”, from a bona fide theory. Give me some percentages, even if there ball-park figures. Your genetic theory is so full of holes, I’m surprised you would insist on defending it.

          • JohnEngelman

            If this “Dr.” Ben Carson deserved to be a doctor, he would have become one without affirmative action . Affirmative action does not create opportunities. It takes them from those who deserve them, and gives them to those who do not deserve them.

            There was a time when I had more respect for black doctors than white doctors, because the black doctors had to work harder and be better to get where they were. Because of affirmative action I distrust the credentials of all blacks in professional positions. I would not go to a black doctor, or hire a black lawyer if I could avoid doing so.

          • Wally Wally

            Without AA, there’s probably 0 chance Dr. Carson would have become director of pediatric neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, even though he was talented enough to have been the first surgeon to successfully separate conjoined twins joined at the head.

            Before AA, there were many college educated black males who were not allowed to participate in the work force, which was why being a railroad Pullman porter was considered a choice job amongst them. A Pullman porter, imagine that.

          • JohnEngelman

            Those who advocate affirmative action necessarily lie about it. They say that it does not lower intellectual requirements for blacks and Hispanics, but it does. They say it does not discriminate against whites and Asians. Again it does.

            I do not think blacks should be discriminated against. I believe they should not be discriminated in favor of. I do not believe they are discriminated against. I believe they are discriminated in favor of. I want that discrimination to come to an end.

          • Rhialto

            You bring up a most important point. The answer is that adaption to a jungle environment preadapted Black men to success in a Feminized society. The Black males’ high level of sexual and social capability makes them immune to female control; White men have little immunity to Feminism. Thus Black men thrive, while White men decay.

        • Francis Miville

          Most of Black Africa is not jungle : 95% of its inhabitable surface is rather prairie or savannah, and semi-desert, not counting the desert proper which is the main thing about Africa, rather than jungle. Low-level agriculture and extensive cattle-rising, not hunting and gathering is the traditional way of survival. The 5% jungle part is rather peopled by pygmies, whom the Bantus proper despise. The few Blacks who do learn to live naked outdoors in jungles or in open field, and do beautifully so, do that as a form of religious initiation, or military boot-camp, it is not their natural state, even though I for one would recommend them to be trained for real jungles than for urban jungles by our schools, but even then I think even more Whites would show up for such a discipline and have the guts to succeed, like the Spartans of yore.

          Amazonia, together with Indochina and New Guinea is a far more typical extensive jungle land, and had it been for the real jungle people coming from these countries, American cities wouldn’t be suffering such a blight. The peoples of Amazonia are far better adapted to live happily in jungles than the Bantus who generally destroy it to make room for their inter-tribal battlefields, or grow easy crops. If the Negroes were so systematically reminiscent about jungle life, they would not have turned Haiti into the desert it is now, right next Dominican Republic which is still jungle in the mountains. Amazonian Indians, though poor, have never achieved the same level of destruction when transported to modern Brazilian cities as Blacks always do. African Blacks seem to have far more affinity with semi-deserts, and also with desert-making activities. African Blacks are not that adapted to heat, they suffer from extremes of it more than Whites, they complain more about it when it comes to make love, and are more eager than Whites or Arabs to get equipped with air conditioning as soon as they get rich enough, which is not the case with Brazilian Indians, nor with East Indians proper. Apart of being quite good at frequent internecine genocides taking place on open field, Blacks are adapted to indoor or veranda party life, as some savannahs and forests permit to build most easily and cheaply the facilities for, and they themselves will vindicate such a statement even more forcefully than I do.

          • JohnEngelman

            What matters is that Negroes have only recently been introduced to urban civilization. Urban civilization selects biologically for intelligence, while de selecting for physical aggressiveness. That is why the races differ in average intelligence and crime rates.

  • Luca

    It is not in their history, mental capacity, or culture to read. Nowhere in sub-Saharan Africa throughout the history of the world did an African ever conceive of a written language of any kind unless it was imposed upon him, in the last few hundred years, by exposure to more advanced civilizations. It is still foreign to them. In essence, it is being forced upon them.

    • LHathaway

      Then why do black girls read so much, possibly, more than white boys and girls?

      • Luca

        Then why didn’t Black girls invent some kind of alphabet back in Africa? Why aren’t Black girls competing on the same level with White and Asian girls?

        What are they reading, at what level and where did you get your data from?

        • Kenner

          ‘How Stella Got Her Groove Back’.

        • LHathaway

          Haven’t black girls surpassed white girls in income? To tell the truth, Luca, at times, I just say stuff. I count on John Engelman to come up with the facts and stats. I should get a bumper sticker that says that, “I just say stuff”.

          • Luca

            The answer to your question is “No”.

            People who “Just say stuff” frequently just make stuff up too because they need something to say.

          • Garrett Brown

            Unless they’re referring to just Oprah, the answer would overwhelmingly be “nope”.

        • Bossman

          I worked with many black women. They do seem to love to read. But most of the stuff that they read is trivial stuff like romance novels. The older ones love to read their Bible.

          • Luca

            They read, talk on the phone or listen to headphones to avoid work.

        • Wally Wally

          What percentage of inventions have white and Asian girls authored?

      • Mary

        Yeah, you know those black girls. You just can’t tear them away from their reading material! I’m being sarcastic, of course, and I hope you are as well?

        • LHathaway

          What would be served by making up, saying, ‘black girls read more than white boys and girls’. And that black girls incomes have surpassed that of white girls? I believe I read that one on, AmRen. Perhaps they employed an unusual methodology, such as only considering the income of those Employed.

          • Garrett Brown

            You make up stuff all the time, so you tell us.

          • Mary

            There was an article a while back claiming that black women with a bachelor’s outearned white women with a bachelor’s. I can’t speak to the particulars of the claim, but it’s quite obvious that, if true, it is due entirely to the effect of Affirmative Action, not to the shimmering brilliance and competence of black women in general. If a black women can obtain a degree and hold a pen, she is generally rewarded with a plum job.
            I don’t know of any data regarding black women’s reading habits, only anecdotal of myself and others. I live in a region with quite a lot of blacks and I hardly ever see them read. Very rarely see them in bookstores or libraries looking at books. That black women in general are avid readers is no more likely than their average IQ is 125.

          • John R

            Two factors: What percentage of black women earn a bachelor’s as opposed to White women? And second, and this is a cultural thing. Black women know full well that THEY will be the primary, if not only, providers for their children. White women are mostly princesses who know full well that some hard working White male will be the primary bread winner, and besides, they just might forgo having children anyway, and just study something that makes them feel “fulfilled.” So, yes, I do believe that black women just might earn more that White women.

          • LHathaway

            You know, Mary, now that you mention it, I remember that too. I think it worked the same when both races had a masters or PHD. Maybe for men too. I’m not sure which article I’m remembering (as the basis of my statement) maybe that was it.

          • Tarczan

            I also read on AmRen that the average black woman has a net worth of $5.

          • That’s no suprise, Tarczan. They lease their cars, rent their homes, and spend whatever’s left on bling and eating out. Consumer goods are nearly always depreciating assets, so that stuff isn’t “wealth”.

          • I don’t know whether there’s a difference between native-born and foreign-born. Overall, Asian women are twice as likely to marry whites (1/3) as Asian men (1/6) and among ethnic Japanese this doubles to 2/3 and 1/3, respectively.

        • [Guest]

          I wonder whether they even read the product labels when they buy their hair-straighteners, ‘stensions, and press-on nails.

      • Garrett Brown

        I went to a 97% black high school, saw maybe ten black girls pay attention and actually do their work that was required for them to pass. This is in a span of four years. Out of those ten maybe two actually read in their leisure time, and they were Mulattoes who were rather geeky. They also never took care of themselves. Hair unkempt/nappy, rather smelly, wore old worn out clothing. Out of those two girls one went to UVA, and she actually deserved it.

  • Dave4088

    If 22 trillion dollars since 1965 can’t fix it then nothing can, not even liberal hand wringing and teeth gnashing.

    • obot

      How about finger pointing, foot stomping, and accusations of racism?

      • How about new federal programs with the usual bloated bureaucratic staffs, but cute new names like “No Child Left Behind” and “My Brother’s Keeper”?
        I thought everything works better when it has a sexy name. For instance, I will just bet that if the Russian navy merely renamed its dangerously unreliable high-test peroxide-fueled torpedoes, the safety record would instantly become perfect. Instead of calling it the 65-76A torpedo, they could call it the “Fantabulous Torpedolator” and everything would be fine.

        • Tarczan

          That goes along with naming black schools Success Academy, Columbus Afro-Centric or MLK High School. None of it helps, they all have terrible test scores, at least in Ohio.

          • Yes: you’ve got it! Renaming Rhodesia as “Zimbabwe” and “Salisbury” as “Harare” doesn’t seem to have improved anything there, but at least it amounts to what civilized people would call “truth in advertising”.

          • In which case, sadly, we need to get started on renaming several of America’s largest cities.

          • Any renaming suggestions we made here would quickly be deleted by the moderators, as too many old Anglo-Saxon monosyllables would be involved.

      • Dave4088

        You forgot claims of white skin privilege which is preventing sweet, young black males from reaching their boundless potential.

        • They jes ’bout to turn dey lives ‘roun too.

    • Viking_61

      We would have been to Mars while flying around in hydrogen powered cars were it not for the economic ball and chain otherwise known as “African-Americans”.

      • Francis Miville

        No, you did not make it to the Moon, this is impossible due to space radiation outside the Earth’s magnetic shield, and it is thanks for your accepting such a lie that you were forced-fed with that other lie of human biological equality and capacity for humankind to vanquish that other insuperable barrier right from the same year, 1968-69. Only the day you will refuse that very false and misplaced pride of having trodden upon the moon, shall you also be delivered from the lie of Affirmative Action.

  • Black male youths have too much animal pent up energy to sit down and read, which is a passive activity. The black youngsters I see in the supermarket are like wild hyenas, which is an appropriate comparison, since both creatures are out of Africa.

    You combine the animal energy, the low IQ, and the dysfunctional culture, and of course blacks don’t read well. They’re not good at it. Just as I was not good at jumping toward a basketball hoop in my youth.

  • MBlanc46

    Has anyone already mentioned the salient fact of their average IQ of 85? Or their lack of impulse control as bigone4u notes below?

    • obot

      Those are just the mixed ones. The pure bluegums are closer to 70. The average sub-Saharan African has the intelligence of a retarded white person

    • Alexandra1973

      I was told my younger sister has an IQ of 79, but she reads quite a lot. Then again she’s mostly White like I am. I think she has a slight bit more Amerind than I do, though, through her father (my step/adoptive father–who was a blue-eyed blond).

      She says she saw me reading a lot and that’s how she got into it.

      • MBlanc46

        Most Negroes could read–at least some things–if they chose to. Clearly your sister chose to. It sure can’t have hurt her mental development.

  • Kenner

    I saw one HuffPo comment that brought up the ‘elephant in the room’, IQ, and a harsher one that said they’d rather ‘Rap, rob, and riot’.
    Both comments had been up for some time without being removed.

    • obot

      Since Puff Ho stopped censoring comments so vigorously, sane and honest posts are getting through

      • Whyever did they do that? I found them quite entertaining when they were completely moonbat crazy.

        • HE2

          Yikes, MCS. If in need of an aggravation “fix,” I would opt for bamboo shoots pushed under my fingernails to five minutes on HP.

          • If The Onion wanted to satirize the modern liberal left, they could not possibly have done a better job that the comments in Huff Po.

        • Mark

          I prefer Al Sharpton show a couple of times a month. Can usually take 10-15 minutes of him.

      • HE2

        Used to read HuffPo, but quit because of the obnoxious and rigorous moderation.
        In fact, many of us quit. The good news is that many of us popped in occasionally with a comment explaining why we decamped. Maybe that helped, but I still avoid HP. AmRen is just right.

      • Kenner

        That’s welcome news.

    • E7 sharp 9

      Wow Kenner,
      your post reminded me of what they teach in the Philadelphia inner city schools…
      The three Rs!
      Rappin’ Robbin’ and Riotin’!

  • One thing I noticed when delivering pizza 9 and 10 years ago was that I never saw books in the living rooms of black homes when I was making deliveries. Not even at good, middle-class black homes. Every single one of them had a ginormous TV set, but never and books, magazines or newspapers in sight.

    A kid who grows up with parents who don’t read for pleasure isn’t going to get started on his own. Darnell and his brother N’DeJamal are not going to wake up one morning and decide “Instead of watching team sports or playing XBox today, we going to walk over to da public libery and gets us some books to read.”

    As a field exercise, I suggest a visit to a nearby bookstore. The public libraries have other attractions, like PCs running “World of Warcraft”. Visit a “Barnes & Noble” and count the black families you see there with kids. You won’t see any. I’ll bet anything you like the “missing” black families aren’t at home ordering books online from Amazon, either.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      Auhhhh snap,,, ya no ma homies Darnell an hiz lil brotha N’DeJamal to? Mannnn, we goz way back son, na-imeen? Yo demz iz ma n—-z dog fo-reel yo. Boff me an Darnell dropt out da 6ff grayed ta-getha wen we waz 16 like whhhhhat,, f— dis skool s— son fo-reel,,,,, wez all bout arrrrrr paper,,, na-imeen?

      Sincerely, An Anonymous HomeBoy

      • obot

        That’s LaDarnell. Darnell is too white

        • [Guest]

          >>>…Darnell is too white

          Just insert an apostrophe in there somewhere. That’ll fix it.

          It’s D’arnell or Da’rnell or Dar’nell or maybe Darne’ll.

        • LIBERTYSINCURSION

          No, Darnell is actually short for Darnelliashakwan. Which is pronounced: ( Dar-nell-eeee-aaaa-sha-kwan )

          • We’re getting a bit too good at black names here. I suspect we have a combination of synergy and positive feedback going, but must confess that at first I believed “Shitavious” to be another poster’s goofy caracture.

    • AmericanCitizen

      Malcolm X did say the best way to hide something from the black man is to put it in a book. Guess he knew his people well.

      • Who Me?

        WAS it Malcolm X who said that first? I’ve heard several black comedians use the line over the years.

      • Most whites stay glued to the TV tube evenings after work, too, but lots of them also enjoy reading novels: Clive Cussler, James Mitchner, Robert Ludlum, Michael Crichton, etc. When I want to know how to do something, the first thing I do is search on Amazon for books on the subject. I have decided to make my own traditional-construction bamboo fishing rod, so I ordered three “how-to” books from Amazon. Compared to discovering how to make something like that, TV is thoroughly insipid.

        • antiquesunlight

          Yeah, it’s much better to get up and learn to do something. Some of the nature shows and things are ok, but 99% of what I see on TV is completely stupid. It is nothing other than pure laziness and habit that keep people staring at it for hours a day. I think it’s insane and very destructive. Being on the internet isn’t necessarily great, but at least you’re interacting and looking up interesting things.

          I read Sherlock Holmes stories (fanatic), learn something on the piano here and there, and practice Muay Thai.

        • Tarczan

          Clive Cussler writes the most idiotic books I have ever read, or tried too.
          Frederick Forsyth and C.J. Box are my two favorites.

          • Frederick Forsyth is great. I read Cussler in prison, which could politely be described as a “book desert”, so I wasn’t able to be very picky.

          • Tarczan

            Yeah , I wonder what I would do if I were ever in the joint. I’m sure I’d read anything to keep my sanity. Forsyth’s triology of the 20th century is great, the final book due soon.They had a poll of German readers and they rated “Pillars of the Earth” and “GWTW” as the top two novels of all time. Pillars is the best book I ever read; it has a very complicated cast of characters, but the way he presents it it is easy to keep track of them.
            Every race realist should read GWTW, some of the things discussed are so pertinent to today’s issues.

            C.J. Box writes novels set in Wyoming that involve current topics, wind energy (and the farce it is), hispanic rights,( and the farce it is), etc. Very readable, entertaining books. Each book skewers some current left wing belief.

          • I like Roald Dahl. He wrote “James and the Giant Peach” and “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory”, but joined the Royal Air Force during World War Two and became an ace and a Wing Commander. We got the kid’s books for my daughter, but he also wrote a lot about flying during the war, and that’s brilliant stuff.

          • Kenner

            ‘Pillars of the Earth’ is Ken Follett, most of his stuff is terrific.

          • Tarczan

            Oops, my mistake. His name has an f. A brief senior moment.

          • Kenner

            Wilbur Smith is the original, far better, ‘Clive Cussler’.

          • Kenner

            Cussler can’t write. He’s awful.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Should start a rumour that TVs are racist, see how that ends.

      • [Guest]

        Or just suggest to them that they live authentically black and make use of nothing developed by non-blacks.

        They’d lose a whole lot more than their TVs.

    • Luca

      Bookstores or libraries are like kryptonite to blacks.

      • shmo123

        Classical music concerts as well. You’ll never see a more lily white crowd. An arena filled with polite, respectful people enjoying beautiful music. One of the best examples of European/American civilization still intact.

        • HE2

          Exception, shmo. When Andre Watts [black military baby daddy, White coal digger French mama] came to town with his limited repertoire, Bay Area blacks dolled waaay up and styled on into the concerts.
          I avoided Watts’ appearances, even if they were listed on my subscription program.

    • Spikeygrrl

      You won’t see books in my living room either. That’s because DH and I have a “library room” exclusively devoted to them: floor-to-ceiling bookshelves — all full! — with minimal carve-outs for the door and a small computer desk. The PC itself houses almost 4,000 titles in ereader format, from Chaucer to Chuck Pahlaniuk.

      It’s a beautiful thing when readers find each other. 🙂

      • HE2

        Agree, Spikey, meeting kindred fanatics of literature is a joy. TV just does not float our boats around here.
        Also have a large library, but in every room of my house, including the bathroom, there are books, culinary, medical, scientific, half finished New York X crossword puzzles, journals, chess boards and a jigsaw puzzle in progress.
        Just cannot seem to be away from the written word and fun things to solve. :]

        • I ran out of space in the den, and book cases have spread elsewhere in the house. Our bedroom, one of the wider hallways, the living room, etc.

          • HE2

            MCS, yep, knock out a few walls to make room.
            If you are anything as I am, having books, CDs, videos out of order is unsupportable. :]

        • Spikeygrrl

          Give us time, we’ve only been in this house 4 months (abrupt military move) .

          Magazines are already starting to migrate: Popular Mechanics and Smithsonian to “his” bathroom, half a dozen “foodie” mags to the master bathroom (soaking tub, mmmmm!, de facto “mine” due to my disability), National Review to whomever snags it first.;)

          • HE2

            Spikey, I understand military “rapid rotation” practice. Take all the time you need. :]
            My brother-in-law is a career USN scientist, and believe me, they have lived everywhere.
            You mentioned having lived in the Mojave. Was it China Lake or Ridgecrest by any chance? They were stationed there for a while and hated it. Sister still refers to it as the “g’damned desert” and the “winter of my discontent.”

          • Spikeygrrl

            It was Twentynine Palms. Other than a Walmart in Yucca Valley (don’t blink or you’ll miss it!) about 30-40 minutes away, the nearest real civilization is 90-105 minutes away in Palm Springs.

  • LIBERTYSINCURSION

    I don’t even have to read this Huff-Post article to give you their conclusion as to the cause of the “Black Boy Crises”. -> ((( !@- RACISM -@! ))) <-

  • disqus_irCdmAu8It

    Dey don wan be white.

    • I’m sure that’s an important element. Black culture has been a race to the lowest common denominator for decades, and they consider “acting white”: reading, doing schoolwork, etc. a serious no-no.

      • JohnEngelman

        When they were discriminated against they tried to act white. They even tried to look white. They bleached their skin and straightened their hair.

        In the past blacks composed songs about romantic love. Rap music is exclusively about lust.

        • Now, now, John. Rap music isn’t just about lust. It’s also about using drugs and shooting folks.

  • Hubbub

    Have we learned nothing in all these years since the Civil Rights acts of the 1960s and 70s. We should remember not to refer to ‘young Black males’ as ‘boys’, It is a racist term when it’s applied to young Black males. This is probably one of the reasons they don’t or won’t read as well as other ‘diverse’ groups.

    Can you not imagine how many times when they read a book or magazine or computer-generated reading material they come across the term ‘boy’? It must be massively destructive to their egos and depression inducing to a degree that we White boys just don’t understanding. And what do they do? They strike out at a society that sees them as ‘boys’ by refusing to read the ‘White man’s trash’. They strike out by fulfilling every expectation that they are told they are supposed to have – they rape, they steal, they riot – but they will not read, because ‘boys don’t read no kinds o’ sh*t.’

    Oh, the shame of it all..

    • Lynn Munoz

      You are being facetious, right? I’ve been called more than a few names in my lifetime of 60+ years – some of ’em pretty darn mean, others downright filthy, but that hasn’t stopped me from trying to lead a good life: being productive, obeying the law, working, paying taxes, taking care of my family, trying to be kind to people who often didn’t deserve it. But, then, I have pride and a certain amount of self-control. Oh, and I read a lot.

  • superlloyd

    Because they can’t. Dumbest question of the century.

  • AmericanCitizen

    Q: Do you know why Stevie Wonder can’t read?

    A: Because he’s black.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      Ha! – That’s classic, I have to remember that. It actually got me to laugh, which is no easy feat. So thank you friend, I’m gonna have to remember this one.

      • AmericanCitizen

        It’s hard to find a laugh in these troubled times. People like us know that things aren’t headed down the path to harmony in this country, and since every upheaval in past countries that fail becomes violent real quick . . . not much to look forward to.

      • I laugh because I am criminally insane.

    • Q: Why does Stevie Wonder smile all the time?

      A: Because he doesn’t know he’s black.

  • Frank_DeScushin

    “While it is true that Black boys often arrive in Kindergarten classrooms with inherent disadvantages”

    Genes, no dad, no books in the house, illiterate teenage mother…

    Feel free to add to the list.

    • LIBERTYSINCURSION

      You forgot that not only is there no dad, there’s no mother either, in fact there’s not even a grandmother. Both “Momz” and “GranMomz” are still hanging out on the “block” with their Homies all day. While the “black boy” is being semi-raised by his 46 year old great grandmother.

    • AmericanCitizen

      Don’t forget touchy-feely education that doesn’t stress basics like letters and their sounds and how to write them. Our teachers are more worried about fairness and diversity, so little JaMarcus and Deandre can end up graduating high school as functional illiterates.

      There is a reason the cash registers at fast food outlets have pictures on them.

      • The old “Phonics” system actually worked, but because it worked, it was replaced with faddish, trendy $#!& like “Whole Language Learning”.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Nappy hair?

    • B.A_2014

      I read crappy Irish mythology books for children when I was really young. Then at around twelve and thirteen it was books on war from then on in. The tunnels of chu chi is my favourite book to this day.

  • farbeyonddriven

    As always its OUR fault and always OUR responsibility.
    They won’t let anyone even catch a whiff of black irresponsibility or low IQ.

  • Why aren’t they reading? Because they’re not interested in reading or anything even remotely connected to academic pursuits. It’s rare indeed for blacks to genuinely desire academic subjects because intellectual stimulation is not who they are. It’s not how they think or view the world. The deeper questions of life and more advanced concerns of how the world actually works doesn’t comport with how they think or reason.

    Yes, there are exceptions, but how many decades does it have to take for whites to see the obvious – namely, that blacks generally have an aversion to math, history, science, literature, reading, and learning about technological and medical discoveries?

    Those blacks who do show an interest in intellectual and academic pursuits most often do so because they’ve been motivated by whites. Left to themselves, it doesn’t come natural for blacks (except on rare occasions).

    • MBlanc46

      You’re quite right, and this fact shouldn’t be ignored. Nor should the fact that the average Afro-American IQ is 85.

      • Peter Connor

        Which is smart enough to read adequately, so other factors–gang banging etc= have to be at work. Black girls apparently do much better.

  • Conrad

    If I remember correctly, IQ is not only a measure of intelligence, it has a strong influence on drive as well. So not only are black boys slow, they refuse to step on the gas too.

    • Bossman

      They do have a drive to get big booty and to listen to loud music.

  • Garrett Brown

    Books be racis yo.

    • Whitetrashgang

      Yes they are, the white pages tells you so.

  • B.A_2014

    10% isn’t half bad for clothed monkey’s.

    • obot

      lmao

      the leftists should be proud of themselves

      • B.A_2014

        I apologize for that terrible slur. I guess that qualification in cultural diversity I recieved at school (which proves I’m not a racist) needs updated.

  • MekongDelta69

    IQIQIQIQIQ

  • Alex Dihes

    Black boys cannot read, because they do not know that they cannot read; and because they cannot read, they cannot read, that they cannot read.

  • NoMosqueHere

    So what’s the moral of this story? If you want to hide cash in your home from thieves, put it in books.

    • If you’re in a place and the blacks around you start rioting, find the nearest public library and get inside any way you can. You’ll be safe there.

      The public library in Ferguson? Nary a scratch.

    • Melvin Bonzarelli

      Or hide it under a pile of job applications.

  • John R

    Hey, blacks are just stupid. Anyone who has been around them knows that. So what’s new?

    • MBlanc46

      That’s the unkind framing. True, but unkind.

    • JohnEngelman

      Because of the persistence of de facto segregation most whites get their images of blacks from Hollywood movies and television. These images are unrealistically benign.

  • HJ11

    They’re not reading because they aren’t very smart. It’s genetic.

  • Bon, From the Land of Babble

    The feds will spend millions of White taxpayer money to commission studies as to why blacks can’t read.

    I’ll save everyone’s time and cut to the chase: It’s all Whitey’s fault.

    BTW: Anyone else here notice that in this article “Black” is capitalized and “White” is not?

    “By contrast, the 2013 National Assessment of Education Progress found that 46 percent of white students are adequate readers by eighth grade, and 17 percent of Black students as a whole are too.”

    This is done on purpose by the media to debase and denigrate Whites.

  • Shadow

    “…’Black boy’ demographic…”

    Just imagine how much better our country would be if there were no such thing.

    “…beginning in homes…”

    Left unmentioned in the article,of course,is the fact that those homes are among the roughly 75% of households headed by single (and irresponsible) black women,whose misbegotten offspring were sired by equally irresponsible (and impulsive) black males (I refuse to call them “men) who lack the responsibility and maturity to raise productive and useful members of society.

    “…Black boys often arrive in Kindergarten classrooms with inherent disadvantages…”

    That line would have been a lot more accurate if Lynch would have used the word INNATE,instead of “inherent”.

    In any event,this is a good opportunity for us to recall a timeless saying that is more true now than ever before:

    READERS ARE LEADERS !!!

    • baldowl

      Disadvantages/disadvantaged is another strike in the name of “white privilege,” too. Disadvantaged ALWAYS means black.

  • TruthBeTold

    Black Star Project

    Is that like a Black Hole; one of the most destructive forces in the universe?

  • Blackhawk

    Xbox has graphics. Doesn’t that count as reading?

  • TruthBeTold

    “Black boy” demographic

    ‘Who you callin’ boy?’

  • cherrie greenbaum123

    While we’re on the subject of school daze, a little Fred seems to be in order.
    http://www.fredoneverything.net/KGReunion.shtml

  • That’s like visiting one of the museums in Denver; the only blacks one sees are uniformed employees. Those are free, or nearly free, and all kids like to look at dinosaur fossils, but one doesn’t see black families there.

    The mineral exhibits and animal and habitat dioramas at the Denver museum are also great. That place and the art museum are two of very few things Denver has going for it since the Forney Transportation Museum moved off to parts unknown.

  • antiquesunlight

    Black irresponsibility is so aggravating. Like it or not, children will pick up a lot of their habits from their parents. If their parents don’t do anything but watch TV and collect welfare, their kids are probably not going to voluntarily become interested in poetry or whatever else, unless they are just unusually bright. And, as we know, most black kids are not unusually bright. Nature and nurture both matter a very great deal and blacks have both going against them in a big way. It’s not the system’s fault and it’s not Whitey’s fault.

    • I’ll take “nature” for $500, Alex.

      My old man was a university physics professor who did the newspaper Cryptoquote in pen because he didn’t make mistakes. That said, he was completely worthless working with his hands. He once let a broken home window latch go unreplaced for six months until the window blew open in a severe winter storm. While he was on vacation. The pipes froze and broke, the sheetrock walls were destroyed by water, and the house was thoroughly flooded, with thousands of dollars worth of damage. The water probably flowed for several days. Replacing that latch would have involved a trip to the hardware store with the broken original, maybe a dollar and change, and then a few minutes back home with a Phillips-head screwdriver.

      I do crossword puzzles in pen, but my real loves are woodworking, machining, welding, automobile repair, and making fishing lures. I take after my mother’s dad, but while I was growing up in Colorado, he and my grandmother were retired in Florida, so I almost never saw him.

      Obviously “nurture” was not much of an issue.

      This suggests to me that changing the education system to accommodate blacks has a very dim likelihood of success, even if black parents could be convinced to read to their little ones and keep lots of reading material around. It certainly won’t hurt, but it won’t level black kids up to white and Asian standards.

    • MikeofAges

      It’s the system’s fault to the extent that we do not seem to be able to create the large number of semi-skilled jobs needed the fully occupy the potential workforce. I have often said, if King’s dream was achieved one fine Saturday night, Monday morning, a lot of people would have to go to work in a lot of very uninteresting jobs.. But better than no job at all.

      Frankly, I think we have to give up the idea that “economy” will ever create enough jobs to have permanent full employment. The only time America has had full employment was when our population was around 140 million, we were fighting a World War on two fronts, supplying three major allies and had removed at least 10 million white men between 18 and 40 from the civilian workforce. That ought to wake a few people up to the dimensions of the problem.

      Right now in America, half of all adults who ought to be working aren’t.

      • Melvin Bonzarelli

        Excellent post. Right on the money. A low-intelligence, low skilled population worked out fine when we were an agriculture-based economy. Even when we were a factory driven economy. We are now largely a knowledge-based economy

        • MikeofAges

          Not quite what I had in mind. My point is, in the type of organized society we have the nature of the human herd requires that there either be work for people who are limited or that people be kept on the dole. I was arguing also that the “economy” will never create these jobs, or jobs even for more able people. We have to start considering how to create permanent full employment. Absent extreme condition, such as I described as existing during the world war, the economy will never spontaneously create this condition.

          • Melvin Bonzarelli

            There is a story in today’s Wall Street Journal about the increasing use of robots to work alongside human workers in factories and manufacturing to do tasks that humans could do. Industrial robots, not any Star Wars stuff. Repetitive, low-tech factory work taking only one person of average or limited intelligence instead of two.
            In a previous job, using Microsoft database software, I automated a clerical function that was being performed by six women of decidedly average intelligence, at best. Four of the women were let go after my little system went into production. Could have been done by one woman, but they needed one of the remaining women to be a Spanish speaker. Mea Culpa too, I guess.

          • MikeofAges

            I don’t know if there is anything you need to consider yourself culpable for, but your experience goes to the essence of the issue. Another issue is that, if some large number of people need to be sustained on the dole, then the lower intelligence ones are not the ones you want to have idle.

            On an adequate dole, I would have found uses for my time and intelligence, eventually have made some significant contribution to knowledge and become qualified to teach on an undergraduate level anyway. Even without any dole and without adequate employment most of my life, I have developed worked out some significant ideas. These will be published in an autobiographical essay which I term “my intellectual autobiography”. All I will tell you about it is, my stance is very anti-Aristotelian. Even when and where I apply the Aristotelian hierarchy of knowledge, I remain very cognizant of what Aristotle left out.

            I have called Aristotle “the original philosopher of the comfort zone”. In other instances, I have described him as “instructing people how to be good subjects in a slave empire.” The Aristotelianism of our era is the central prop to the inadvertentcy of the privileged or relatively privileged and casual acceptance of mediocrity. This is shown, for example, is their acceptance of the type of fiction they call a “read” as real literature and in how the authors of these, propped up as they are by book editors, book doctors, the university caste system and the ability of their own social rank to control library sales, are allowed to think of themselves as real writers and are treated as the same . Some of few of the vast numbers of these works will survive a be recognized as real literature. That process often takes time though.

            People of lesser intellectual intelligence nevertheless sometimes have some talents, These could be in music, artisanship, crafts, mechanical arts, even applied technology. Intellectual investigation, however, has the advantage of being very labor intensive, labor being defined as the application of your time to a task or endeavor. Music might also be largely a labor intensive pursuit, but most applied arts require at least some capital input apart from the upkeep of the individual who is practicing them.

            This, I think, will tell you what a swamp American and all Western society ultimately has become. The solution, as I suggest, is to find a way to create organized work for people. But to do this in a coherent way also require that an intellectual foundation for it be established. That has to be found in a return to the Platonic hierarchy of knowledge as it is articulated in the Myth of the Metal, I would say. The Aristotelian hierarchy is hardly more elaborate, actually. It is found in Book I, Chapter 1 of the Metaphysics. Although it resembles the Platonic hierarchy, it corrupts it also and turns it into a prop for the type inadvertent class system we have today, based more on the guild concept of the sequestration of knowledge than on the Platonic hierarchy of natural intelligence and natural law.

        • chuck_2012

          Do you actually think that farming does not require some sort of intelligence???Really? I agree the average black could not manage to farm as it requires knowledge in a lot of areas. Go and ask any farmer.

          • The example of Zimbabwe, once the breadbasket of southern Africa and now a starving basket-case is quite illustrative in this respect, Chuck_2012.

          • chuck_2012

            Yes I agree because they plunked uneducated and ignorant blacks onto those lush farms with the result being disaster. Once the blacks had eaten all the seed corn and slaughtered the animals for barbeque and burned the house for firewood there was nothing left. But talk to any white farmer to understand the complexities.

    • Melvin Bonzarelli

      Remember that for most of them, ‘family’ was an unmarried teen age mother and a different ‘uncle daddy’ around the public housing apartment every month or so. Each ‘uncle daddy’ usually disappeared about the time that mom got pregnant again.

      • Uncle daddies also tend to violate parole and get sent back to the hoosgow on a regular basis. We call that “doing life on the installment plan”.

  • Melvin Bonzarelli

    I attended grade school in the 1950’s. New Jersey. Integrated schools. All of the black kids came from two-parent families. Many of the black families owned their own homes and had a car. Parents were married. Fathers worked full time real jobs. Mothers were stay at home like the white mothers in those days.
    We first second and third graders were put into reading and math groups in class so that students could be kept with others of like ability. Was definitely not done for any racial reasons.
    By second grade the black kids were ALL in the lowest performing groups. By fourth grade they were being left back
    Nothing to do with racism. A lot to do with race. Just the way it is
    I can exercise, practice, and buy the most expensive pair of running shoes out there. My thirty pound beagle will still outrun me every time. Get what I’m saying?

    • Maximo Partagas

      What you’re saying is the truth; to most of the MSM and American Liberals it’s “The Evil Truth” and will be deleted from history at all costs. Whites can expect the bill in the mail any day now.

  • ViktorNN

    Reading is “acting white” and anything white is racist, therefore reading must be racist.

  • Lagerstrom

    As far as I’m concerned a person is either interested in reading, or they’re not. Simple. Child or adult.
    Of course, if you grow up with smart parents that read to their children and encourage them to read (as mine did) that’s good. I suspect that not many black kids have parents like mine that would encourage them to read anything at all. What benefit would a ghetto black that wears funny clothes, acts ‘tough’ and listens to silly hip-hop get out of reading T.S Eliot at school anyway?

    • Alexandra1973

      I was reading before I started Head Start in 1977. I don’t remember not knowing how to read.

      • Melvin Bonzarelli

        Me too. We could never figure out how and where I learned to read. We got our first Dick and Jane reader in the First Grade and I remember telling the teacher that the stories about Spot were too silly. She sent me too the principal’s office. He had me read the whole book to him in his office and then sent me back to class.
        I have flunked the Mensa admission test twice. Came real close, but no cigar. I’m just wired right for reading and math. Like some groups are wired right for brain work, and others are wired for picking cotton and tap dancing. Genes am powerful things!

        • Alexandra1973

          I think I’m wired more for languages and arts. I was reading music at the age of 4, or starting to.

          • Tarczan

            One of these days I’ll learn how to read music; I’m running out of time though.

  • Alexandra1973

    That’s true. My mother can’t get food stamps (she was fired unjustifiably from her job, her unemployment ran out, and she has been trying to find work–she’s 65) because she has the foresight to have an IRA and CDs.

    I told her that they expect her to run out of all that money first.

    • When I applied for food stamps, I was denied because I own my own home. I replied that I thought that programs like that were intended to help people through temporary hardship without making them destitute.

  • Maximo Partagas

    The Nature V. Nurture has been raised here on several occasions. As a teacher (public middle school) I’ll tell you my opinion. Some of the most tragic circumstances produce very good readers, homelife has little to do with it. Childrens’ brains are either wired for reading and or math or they are not. In my experience most blacks are just not wired for reading and complex thought comprehension. This is a genetic factor plain and simple. No one asks why an ostrich is unable to fly, they just can’t is genetic; we as a civilization need to recognize and accept the FACT that we are not all the same. Race is real and it does matter in ability.

    • Black Swan

      That blacks have smaller brains, undeveloped frontal lobes and lower IQs than Whites is not in dispute. Nothing can be done about this and trillions of White tax dollars have been spent in futility trying to raise blacks up to the level of Whites.

      It cannot be done as long as the Cultural Marxists control the levers of power in this country and insist that blacks have the same potential as Whites. Until we shake off this anti-White agenda that says blacks and Whites are equal in all ways, we will always be beholden to Marxist theories of equality.

      http //collapsereport com/2012/11/03/blacks-mature-faster-but-brains-develop-less-arthur-jensens-difinitive-work-on-low-black-iq/

      THAT’s where the problem is, notwithstanding that the Cultural Marxists wish to genocide the White Race.. I’d put a stop to this genocidal,hateful,racist agenda right now if I could.

  • Uncooperative

    The writer of this article is a “black boy” named Lynch. I just think that’s kinda funny.

  • Black Swan

    Honestly, I don’t care. What I highly resent is that my taxes will go to yet another program costing billions and designed and intended to help only blacks.

    This is another of a million reasons why we need a complete separation from blacks and every other non-Whites. If blacks can’t read then that is their problem, not mine and I don’t want anything to do with it, let alone my money used to address this issue.

    Let each take care of his own.

    • Maximo Partagas

      Excellent point, billions of hard earned tax dollars will go chasing windmills to teach the unteachable.

  • skedaddle1

    I’ll wade in since my education was nearly halted by school desegregation. Black teachers aren’t smart. I don’t know how they get degrees but I never had one who was as smart as the white kids in the class. Black students, especially black males, just can’t learn as well as most whites. Even in early grade school I was amazed that the few black kids just sat like knots on a log. The teaching didn’t sink in. They were well-behaved because they were vastly outnumbered by mafia kids but nothing the teacher did made much information stick in their heads. There were a few exceptions during the years but most blacks just can’t book learn. And I knew plenty of whites from disastrously bad homes, no books, violent alcoholic dad and they could all learn circles around blacks from better homes.

    We need to bring back our manufacturing jobs. It gives non book learners something useful to do with their lives and it’s cruel to go through life being useless and outperformed at everything but violent crime.

    • Tarczan

      I’ll suggest we eliminate the cotton gin, and other modern farm implements.

  • Tarczan

    $10?

  • Montgomery Draxel

    Genetics is God’s programming language. I hope modern civilization wakes up from the left wing nightmare soon.

  • gsrider

    It’s only a crisis to bed wetting leftist. For any normal thinking person it’s pretty simple. They don’t read because they’re
    not interested in learning.

    • Reading also involves sitting down, remaining still, shutting up and concentrating. They’re good at sitting down only when they are supposed to be working, and complete failures at the other three.

  • LHathaway

    My God, the comments on HuffPost sound a bit like the (practicle) ones on AmRen.

    There’s nothing whites won’t do to try and hide their racism. . . . (joke)

    That’s the secret. . make it OK to be racist. . something to understand and learn from. Then whites won’t try so hard to pretend they and their societies aren’t racist. . . Then we can truly work on this conversation about race. . . . .

  • Melvin Bonzarelli

    Check out Dr David Manning and Tommy Sotomayor on YouTube. There ARE black Americans who realize what is really happening. That’s why you never hear about them in the white-controlled news media.

  • TXCriollo

    Hmm lets put this in perspective, before i started kindergarten in cypress texas, my mom and dad would read to me. When i started kindergarten i knew how to read, also when i was in 1st grade we did math at home, so when i moved to thr north i was still ahead of the yankee kids. All of what my parents did black parents dont do.

  • Chris

    I am “starting” to think you could answer most sociological/demographical questions with , “Because Whitey is racist”, and very few would argue , one way or the other.

  • Mysterious all-encompassing Black National Educational Crisis Number 957–and please write on the blackboard 1,000 times: Has nothing to do with genetics!

  • WR_the_realist

    Well, this is the uber liberal Huffington Post, so ultimately all the savage inequalities are going to be white people’s fault.

  • texasoysterman

    I would like to point out one reason blacks don’t read is the dearth of black authors in comparison to white authors. Take a look at the african american “literature” section in any bookstore. It’s pretty much the smallest section in the store (with the exception of christian fiction).
    How can these black folks, yearning for knowlege and entertainment, be expected to read white authors? Especially old, dead white authors. How can they relate to any white authors opinions and experiences?
    In all seriousness, when I am browsing books I will look at the title and author first, then the cover. Lastly I read the blurb. Even if I’ve gotten that far and I’m still interested, once I discover that the author is black, maybe due to the photo, the book goes back on the shelf.
    I cannot relate to a black author. Our experiences are too different.
    It’s the same with women authors. I’ve read quite a few books written by women but they will never be my first choice. Our experiences are too different. I ( usually) cannot relate.

  • Demo P. Seal; PouponMarks

    The “Missing Link” has been hiding in plain sight for a long time. Or is it the “Missing Sink”?