When Black Kids Want to Learn and the World Tells Them ‘No’

When Black Kids Want to Learn and the World Tells Them ‘No’

“In light of the recent news out of Chicago, I think we should take another look at first lady Michelle Obama’s remarks from her commencement address at Bowie State University. Particularly this part:

But today, more than 150 years after the Emancipation Proclamation, more than 50 years after the end of ‘separate but equal,’ when it comes to getting an education, too many of our young people just can’t be bothered. Today, instead of walking miles every day to school, they’re sitting on couches for hours playing video games, watching TV. Instead of dreaming of being a teacher or a lawyer or a business leader, they’re fantasizing about being a baller or a rapper.

I hope the first lady has seen this video of 9-year-old Asean Johnson, on the eve of Chicago’s Board of Education vote to close fifty schools, telling a crowd of protesters, ‘You should be investing in these schools, not closing them. You should be supporting these schools, not closing them.’ He wasn’t alone and this wasn’t the first demonstration. Young black people were out in the streets fighting for their right to an education and they were ignored.”

Read more: When Black Kids Want to Learn and the World Tells Them ‘No’ | The Nation http://www.thenation.com/blog/174536/when-black-kids-want-learn-and-world-tells-them-no#ixzz2WJAyjIwe 
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