Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Give the Boys a Chance

While reading my New York Times yesterday, I fell upon an article entitled: “To Close Gaps, Schools Focus on Black Boys” (http://www.nytimes.com/2007/04/09/nyregion/09school.html)

The article spotlighted a mentoring program implemented in a northern Westchester County. The program pairs young Black students to Black teachers for continued guidance, extra help with homework and inspiration.

So far, so good. The problem comes from the unjustified voices of protest from various Civil-Rights Groups. Claiming amongst other things, the program is a form of racial profiling, many have asked for the elimination of the program. What? Of course it is racial profiling. Young black boys, in many American school districts do far less better than their White counterparts. Call it profiling or call it whatever the hell you want but it’s still a reality. Of course, there is a brochette of reasons for this socio-cultural unfortunate reality but it will take decades & many Chiefs-of-Command who actually care to overturn it. Here’s a program pinpointing a problem and offering an immediate solution that will, by the way, have long-term positive effects.

For now, this mentoring program can serve a few in need and eventually many, should it catch on. Civil Rights Movements need to concentrate their efforts on real ramping injustices , trigger-happy New York cops, stopping Rudy Giuliani from getting to the White House, getting Imus fired, stopping VH-1 from airing “Flavor of Love” and eradicating Ebonics.

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