Monday, July 25

Ebonics curriculum, perpetuating black victimhood

From WorldMagBlog:

Two schools in San Bernadino, CA, will participate in a pilot program that incorporates "ebonics" into classroom curricula, the San Bernadino Sun reported last week. The program, school officials say, targets black students, the lowest-achieving group in the district.

"Ebonics is a different language, it's not slang as many believe," said Mary Texeira, a Cal State sociology professor who thinks the program is a good idea. "For many of these students Ebonics is their language, and it should be considered a foreign language. These students should be taught like other students who speak a foreign language."

Some black activists disagree. The National Leadership Network of Conservative African-Americans (NLNCA) this week blasted the program in a statement. "This is a disservice to the black community that will severely limit our children's skills in the job market," said Kevin Martin of Project 21, a non-profit black advocacy group and NLNCA affiliate. "This is a prime example of what people call 'the soft bigotry of low expectations.'"

This is all part of the left's strategy to victimize the African American community and make them dependents of big-government programs. THe left probably figures that if the black community is uneducated, they become easier to manipulate and easier to control. I'm not saying this is a conspiracy, but it sure seems that it would work to their advantage.

Brad posted a comment I think hit it right on!

A great strategy to perpetuate victimhood status and therefore foster the idea that blacks need official spokesmen and un-elected "community advocates". The last thing the civil rights leadership truly wants is to dismantle barriers that "hold blacks down". If all the barriers disappeared and blacks were fully integrated into mainstream productive America why would anyone need NAACP, Urban League etc??

Posted by: Brad at July 25, 2005 12:18 PM
Another way to look at it is that this is all about power. If blacks can be kept marginalized, this would give more power to those who pretend to be the african-american so-called leadership.What if blacks where fully integrated? What if? Good question to ponder.