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At some point, people who get it will see all the “new programs” being vetted to address the perpetual failure of Black students in public schools and higher education institutions in the Twin Cities. This happens every year about this time. What these procrastinators of progress don’t understand, this is their last opportunity ever to fail Black students. Bye, bye – you’re being replaced by real Black people with business acumen – and you never saw it coming.
by Donald W.R. Allen, II – Editor in Chief/The Independent Business News Network
Minneapolis, MN (IBNN NEWS/Education Editorial/May 15, 2012)…If we could find out where the bodies have been buried for all the deals that have been cut; new programs started and a host of “consultants” that don’t know their assholes from a hole in the wall and still no positive results for students of color in local public schools and in some higher learning institutions.
Let’s not forget the Minneapolis Urban League with their “Gateway to Opportunity” – coonery at best and Minneapolis’ African American Leadership Forum – I’m sorry, I can’t follow a bunch of do-nothings and has-beens that pontificate to have a “Blueprint for Action” while they sip tea at Windows on Minnesota in downtown Minneapolis’ IDS Center.
To the other Black Minnesotans, including the Council on Black Minnesotans, the NAACP and local Greek organizations: There’s a war on Blackness within the walls of educational institutions all across Minnesota. I’m asking you to dismiss the notion that, “If you can’t see it, its not there” – because it is here happening in living color.
The data is in – the results are real. Black students in Minnesota aren’t getting the attention needed to be successful. The reality of the matter is a Black student in public schools is more likely to be suspended or expelled than graduate.
If the mayor of Minneapolis wants to know the origin of youth violence, he need not look any further than the public school system. “If Black youth are not in the classroom, they’ll end up in the crime room.” ~D. Allen
Author Toni Morrison said it best, “Black people are victims of an enormous amount of violence. None of those things can take place without the complicity of the people who run the schools and the city.”
The main issues are Blacks not wanting to working together with other Blacks.
Personally I’ve review several models that would work not only in the public school sector – but also in higher education. The problem begins outside of the classrooms around the boardroom table. There you have the select usual suspects that in most cases haven’t ran a shoe-shin shop and somehow are now responsible for fixing the catastrophic “unlearning” of Black students.
These Sellouts, Hoodlums Uncle Toms and Aunt Jane’s have marginalized the core of education opportunities for Blacks, by choosing to be in favor of using the words “diversity, minority and equity” when in fact they should use the word Black. To me, in the many meetings I have been in, when the word minority has arisen, it was in support of White women – never someone Black.
There has been an uptick, almost like a lottery to see who will win the prize of fixing Blackness in Minnesota – so far, each Black contender has moved away from the radical base he/she would need to survive and to accomplish success.
There use to be a time that myself, Mr. Ronald A. Edwards, Mr. Lennie Chism and a host of other skilled and talented Black men would step forward to address these heinous disparities in the public eye – that time has come again. With a relentless radical attitude and the knowledge of Black History, business, accountability and process we intend to make a change…look out – your time is done. Step aside; you’ve sold out the Black community and Blackness one-to-many times.