I’ve been thinking about what the average (whatever that is) White person may think about the plight of the average (whatever that is) Black individual. I’m of the mind that education is the single most powerful tool that we have in our efforts to gain social mobility. A proper education will not only teach individuals how to be good citizens, but it also provides us with a strong social network from which our job opportunities and access to certain social resources can be obtained. Let’s not also forget that a proper education will usually prevent you from being an idiot, and really, that point should NEVER be overlooked.
So what will a deficient education earn you? Well, if you physically survive the social climate of the school, first and foremost, you will likely be seriously uniformed–IGNORANT (IGNINT!). You have will have a higher propensity towards criminal behavior, rates of teenage pregnancy go up, and guess what? Your social network will be just as f*cked up as you! Good luck getting a job from Ray Ray or Boney Todd’s hook ups.
But now I must challenge my original premise: Is it true that education is the single most powerful indicator of social mobility? What about culture? Let’s define culture as an overall design for living. Culture informs us as to how to orient ourselves when we receive certain inputs. It is a blueprint for living. If, for example, someone steps on my shoes, the correct cultural response may be for me to sock that person in his or her (Chris Breezy!) eye. Or, the correct cultural response from me may be to ask that person for an apology or even to ignore it because I already know my shoes will be stepped on many more times (I’m trying to write this and watch the Lakers, so you’ll have to come up with your own more fitting analogies if you choose).
If culture is the dominant factor in determining the potential of an individual (and a people), why shouldn’t we look more to Mexican American culture as its own worse enemy? Why isn’t Black culture at fault? Let’s face it: any group of people proud to be known as “nigger” (“nigga” means the same thing buddy) has problems. If the civil rights movement and many of the laws that made redlining and some of the more overt forms of racial discrimination illegal can’t better the plight of peoples of color, maybe nothing can. What about Asians? Have you seen Koreatown in Los Angeles? It’s a city within a city completely run and supported by Koreans for the benefit of Koreans. How did they accomplish that? Was it a proper education or Korean culture or both–neither?
Since White American men completely own and run this country (in spite of Obama–how much longer will his name be underlined in red when I type it?), perhaps some of them would like to share how they accomplished this and how they maintain it all. I don’t fault White people for being on top. Hell, I’m jealous!
But just what is keeping my people from being able to make it?
…there’s gotta be some rules people!