Saturday, November 6, 2010

Tim Wise - Open Letter To White People

Note - This video was removed due to a false copyright claim by someone claiming to be Tim Wise. The copyright claim is in bad faith, because the video only contains images and audio that I own. (The whole video is just of me speaking.) Commenting on an essay is protected speech under the First Admendment.

I have contacted YouTube and they have stated the video will be restored. I have contacted my lawyers and will take action accordingly to whoever proceeded with this obvious bad faith claim.

11/29/2010 - The Tim Wise video has been restored! Thanks to everyone behind the scenes that helped to overturn this attempt of political censorship. This was a nice win for liberty and free thought.

Phase 2 of the legal investigation continues. Unfortunately, I am not able to comment of the status of an on-going legal investigation.  But I will keep you informed when I can. Thanks!

Tim Wise's Open Letter to White People

Whatever the case, and whatever your economic station, know this…

You need to drink up.

And quickly.

And heavily.

Because your time is limited.

Real damned limited.

So party while you can, but mind the increasingly loud clock ticking away in the corners of your consciousness.

The clock that reminds you how little time you and yours have left.

Not much more now.

Tick, tock.
Tick, tock.



Friday, November 5, 2010

Waiting For Superman - A Movie Review

Waiting For Superman is a documentary that explores why African-American and Hispanic students tend to perform so poorly in school. This is in stark contrast to Asian, White and Jewish students who tend to excel academically.

The conclusion of the movie is that African-American students perform poorly because they lack good teachers. (The obvious other explanation is taboo to speak of in polite company).

This film reminded me of an essay written by a teacher who had experience teaching African-American kids. The essay is well worth the read.

What is it Like to Teach Black Students?

by Christopher Jackson

Until recently I taught at a predominantly black high school in a southeastern state.

The mainstream press gives a hint of what conditions are like in black schools, but only a hint. Expressions journalists use like “chaotic” or “poor learning environment” or “lack of discipline” do not capture what really happens. There is nothing like the day-to-day experience of teaching black children and that is what I will try to convey.

Most whites simply do not know what black people are like in large numbers, and the first encounter can be a shock.

One of the most immediately striking things about my students was that they were loud. They had little conception of ordinary decorum. It was not unusual for five blacks to be screaming at me at once. Instead of calming down and waiting for a lull in the din to make their point-something that occurs to even the dimmest white students-blacks just tried to yell over each other.

It did no good to try to quiet them, and white women were particularly inept at trying. I sat in on one woman’s class as she begged the children to pipe down.

They just yelled louder so their voices would carry over hers.

Many of my black students would repeat themselves over and over again- just louder. It was as if they suffered from Tourette syndrome. They seemed to have no conception of waiting for an appropriate time to say something. They would get ideas in their heads andsimply had to shout them out. I might be leading a discussion on government and suddenly be interrupted: “We gotta get more Democrats! Clinton, she good!”

The student may seem content with that outburst but two minutes later, he would suddenly start yelling again: “Clinton good!”

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