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THIS IS A FILM EVERY BLACK PARENT NEEDS TO SEE

(available on-line for FREE until March 5, 2014)

LBM, a regular commenter on my blog posted this response on a previous post – “Talking to Black Children About Racism/White Supremacy – Part 1”

“Recently went to a viewing of American Promise (PBS, Sundance), a film that followed two black boys from K-12 who attended an “elite” prep school in NYC. Had a very lively discussion with parent’s and “educators” who were debating the perceived opportunities VS the emotional price of putting the boys in an environment that provided absolutely no support of their culture or ethnic selves.

I told the group I considered it to be child abuse to put a black child in an environment in which he/she was the only – or one of very few – black children , especially when the teaching staff was all white. There was some respectful debate but the nastiest pushbacks came from a couple of folk who were adamant that it didn’t matter the race of a child’s teachers. I told them that Black folk are the only people that say that.

I think the documentary can still be seen on-line. It raises many, many questions about many things but the fact that we adults refuse to envision a better world (fight white domination) and send these young people into the snake pit so pitifully unprepared — then have the nerve to expect positive results from them is…abusive to say the least.”

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I agree wholeheartedly.  This was  the response I posted to her comment:

@ LBM

I have seen so many black parents over the years who seem absolutely BEWILDERED that the black boy or girl they sent into an all-white environment doesn’t have any black friends, only wants to date white people, dislikes other black people and views them as “aliens,” and in fact, sometimes winds up having little respect even for that black parent.

I understand why some black parents believe a white school offers a better education but they fail to understand that “education” is more than just reading, writing, and arithmetic. An educational system also PROGRAMS your value system  AND  teaches you WHO is valuable and WHO is NOT.

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Which reminds me of something Adam Clayton Powell, the first black Congressman from New York State, once said:  “Harvard has ruined more Negroes than bad whisky.”

And why so many black people who have attended predominantly white schools and universities, often wind up DATING and MARRYING WHITE. And why, out of that number, they often wind up using their education and acquired skills to WORK AGAINST the interests of other black people – both in the U.S. AND abroad.

A friend of mine (a black male), who was offered a full scholarship all the way through medical school, told me that “they” (meaning, powerful white people) search for gifted black boys and young black males who show unusual academic promise so they could INDOCTRINATE (brainwash) them by offering scholarships to white universities and encouraging them to engage in homosexuality and/or sex/marriage with white females.

That, in effect, by placing our brightest children in the hands of those powerful white institutions — we are creating a BRAIN DRAIN in the black community that guarantees we will not have the numbers that have the education or the skill levels required to LIBERATE OURSELVES from oppression and total DEPENDENCY.

WE HAVE TO BE MORE LOGICAL

Why would the SAME SYSTEM that created INFERIOR BLACK SCHOOLS all over the nation — want to educate ANY black child UNLESS that child will be used — as an ADULT — to help maintain the WHITE SUPREMACY SYSTEM?

AND why would we expect OUR BLACK CHILDREN to fare any better in a predominantly white environment when WE as BLACK ADULTS — aren’t doing all that well OURSELVES?

In fact, one of the black parents in the documentary said, “I’ve been the only black child in the classroom,” says Tony. “Wasn’t a pleasant thing back then.” But, he hopes “times have changed.”

It doesn’t look like “times” haven’t changed very much for one of the black boys, Seun, who says he is no longer thrilled about attending Dalton (the private white school): “I hate school,”  he said. “It’s bad, it’s hard and I’m in the sixth grade.”

As the film progressed, the other black boy, Idris, asks a devastating question: “I bet if I were white, I’d be better off. Isn’t that true?”

Putting a black child in a white environment where black is assumed to be inferior will DEVASTATE that child’s self-esteem, self-confidence, self-respect — and increase their ANTI-BLACKNESS and WHITE IDENTIFICATION.

As one black parent said, “I’ve been the only black child in the classroom. Wasn’t a pleasant thing back then.”

WE HAVE TO STOP AVOIDING THE TRUTH AND START TEACHING OUR BLACK CHILDREN ABOUT RACISM/WHITE SUPREMACY SO THEY WILL HAVE THE PSYCHOLOGICAL ARMOR TO UNDERSTAND AND DEAL WITH IT.

The “American Promise” Documentary

American Promise 1

Two families are featured in American Promise: Tony and Stacey Summers (left) stand next to their son, Seun. Filmmakers Michèle Stephenson and Joe Brewster are with sons Idris and Miles (right).

Seun Summers (left) and Idris Brewster have been best friends since before they were kindergartners. They're both college sophomores today, and their parents say each is thriving in his respective school. (Seun is at York College, part of The City University of New York; Idris is at Occidental College in Los Angeles.)

Seun Summers (left) and Idris Brewster

Here’s the link to the video for those who want to watch it  (available on-line for FREE until March 5, 2014)

http://www.pbs.org/pov/americanpromise/full.php#.UwbOSIVhuSo

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THIS IS A FILM EVERY BLACK PARENT NEEDS TO SEE

(available on-line for FREE until March 5, 2014)

“Talking to Black Children About Racism/White Supremacy – Part 1”