If I were a poor black kid, is an article published five hours ago on Yahoo News. The article was poorly written by Gene Marks who contributed his article through the Forbes business section. After you read the article below, and my response, I’m sure you’ll have a response of your own. You made have thought of something to add that I forgot in my frustration. Here’s the email address: firstname.lastname@example.org
The article in my opinion should be pulled immediately. It is clearly racially motivated, and the references to Obama are a slap in the face, not an indication of equality.
If I were a poor black kid, an article that walks us through the feeble mind of a white supremacist, I mean a middle-aged white man who thought it would be brilliant to tell the nation what he would do, if he were in my shoes.
The article talks about us needing to be smarter, and needing to overcome our disadvantages of going to an inner-city school. He mentions how we should get good grades, and search out better schools- as if we can enroll ourselves. He assumed to know our home lives, living with grandparents who work two jobs and struggle. Let him tell it, he’s the secret service! He’s been a fly on the wall of every black kid who isn’t applying himself.
I am asking for this article to be pulled, as I am outraged that at this point in time- as free as we are, an article this racist would be accepted.
Not all schools have books, and as crazy but truthful as this is, neither do all libraries. The economically disadvantaged are often not just living in a poor home, but a poor environment. To say that we would automatically know to raise our standards without the positive influence of someone around is ignorant. Mr. Marks has not raised his, in my humble opinion.
I grew up with my mother and while it was a single parent home for me, my siblings grew up in a two parent home. Does that mean that there was an absence of dysfunction or abuse? No- there were plenty.
I was tested in third grade because they were trying to figure out what learning disability I had. I tested in reading comprehension on a Sophomore college level- in third grade. All of my other scores were grade level or slightly above. Due to child sexual abuse that I was a victim of, I was angry and unable to communicate (rightfully so).
Statistics show that 77 percent of sexual predators are white men, compared to 50 percent of African American. You cannot blame child sexual abuse on poor black people either. Studies have also shown that economic class is not associated with Predators, at all.
Physical abuse has been shown to be more prevalent in economically disadvantaged neighborhoods- but that only links to African Americans because of the proportion of us who indeed are underemployed.
You speak of my black men as if they are illiterate when, many black men have built this country, invented things that white men have taken or attempted to take credit for, and did I mention that Barack Obama is President?
Poor is not synonymous with black. Much of the article is talking about an economic disadvantage, not a racial disadvantage as the title suggests. These are two totally different things.
If you were a black kid, you’d know what it feels like to experience the constant racism from you, and would have to find self-confidence somewhere to overcome the barrage of insults spewed at you- because of your color.
If you were a black kid, what? What would you do to be a Dr. Farrah Gray? Huh? What would you do to become a Tavis Smiley? A Dave Duerson who was a friend of mine that was a brilliant mind attending Harvard and Notre Dame- owning a company he took to 64 million in revenue, after his Super Bowl Championships?
For the record, there are many poor children who are homeless and fighting to keep themselves in school. For them the victory will be graduation. There are many homeless families who are broken, foster children, and other circumstances that come with being poor which make school and education more difficult to think about. You are more than welcome to degrade your own children, but what you won’t do is degrade mine.
I agree that there are parents who do not take enough initiative in their children’s studies, or fight to get them access to better opportunities. I agree with that, but I do not agree that your article is without malice or intent to harm the minds of the very children you claim should rise above their circumstances by being “smart”.
Each child has a different family dynamic, and to lump an entire race and class of people together, all as one is indeed racist, classless, unequal.
It is my hope that other “poor” or “black” people who were once a kid, speak out in protest of this vigilante’s fifteen minutes of fame.
Here is another response about the article as well…
I thought this one was great as well…
Again, send your email to: email@example.com and request for this to be pulled immediately!
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