The Education of Black Children

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“The Afrikan American community cannot maximize its existence and quality of life unless and until it educates its parents, caregivers, and those who school its children, along lines appropriate to optimizing their mental and physical potential as well as their Afrikan consciousness, identity and common humanity. A significant part of the social chaos so typical of American society, in general, can be blamed on the fact that there is little, if any, formal preparation for full adulthood and responsibility.

The revolutionary change in the education of Afrikan children must begin with changes in the parent-child caretaker-infant relationship, followed by changes in the pre-school, elementary, secondary and post-secondary and school environments.”- Amos N. Wilson

24 thoughts on “The Education of Black Children

  1. I agree! Our children are not all prepared for the challenges they face and they are therefore, not equipped to deal with them. We are bombarded with negativity, daily; physically, mentally and spiritually and we need to have the ability to counter these attacks and if we lack the tools, we are unable to do so.

    This is why I feel that the Afrikan American people choose to assimilate and conform to the white establishment’s way of life instead of stand on our own merits because we are being indoctrinated just as the whites did to the Native Indians.

    • That’s true Shelby. We have been brainwashed on every level. We have to protect our children more now than ever. We can’t expect our oppressors to educate our babies. We need to educate them to know love and respect their own culture. And instill a sense of pride. Like the old saying……each one,teach one.

      • You are right again Prince! That is why so many Afrikan American people have such low self-esteem, why we have so many hating on their skin tone, hating their hair texture, hating their body image. If we were taught at an early age and if that education continued, we would relish and embrace the beauty that is inherent in all Afrikan people.

        Why do whites attempt to emulate us and steal our culture if we’ve nothing desirable and worthy? It’s because of how blessed we are with the unsung richness of our melanin, our strength, our endurance and our ability to love, to really and truly love. We are not haters like they are, nor are we destroyers. That’s what they, the whites do and that is why they have been hell bent on destroying the Afrikan and his/her culture!

      • Carter G. Woodson, deceased, the individual who began Negro History Week, was correct in his assertion “The MISeducation of the Negro.” As a long-time educator and beneficiary of a “down south” HCBU, I definitely see many contrasts between an HCBU education and a white culture based education.

        HCBU’s are now just as expensive as white based colleges. And that is a sad fact because there are still hundreds of black families that have YET to send their first child to and through college, even in split house-holds. Our survival on one another dictates “each one, teach one.”

        One of the many things that I have observed in white culture (and much of this is due to how white supremacy has “influenced’ other cultures ,as well as how NOT to embrace and have REAL love of family) thus, rejecting other races and cultures as well) is a “cloak and dagger” front.

        On the whole, they do NOT seek truths or promote justice. Yet, expect other races to approach and treat racism with “kid gloves.”

        Not on my watch!

    • I totally agree with you. That’s why I do not care to assimilate. I have friends from all creeds but I will NOT abandon my roots. Despite what white media portrays, we have to know that it is not THE truth. There are plenty of us who are building in our community but they won’t show that. We have to control OUR images and how we want to be seen.

      • Bless your heart Constance! I am truly glad to know that there are many in our communities that are denouncing assimilation and instead are promoting acceptance and embracing of our culture and who we really are as a people! Afrikan people have always had such beautiful souls, I would hate to see them destroy that in us. It would be a travesty and a tragedy!

    • Truth! Our people, the Natives of all shades and tribes, were the first of the oppressed –and we are merely the result of their mental, physical and spiritual destruction. Speak on Queen Sistha!

  2. To his credit, MLK did not realize that he was misleading the people until it was too late. By the time he realized the error of his ways, he was already too deep into the civil rights movement espousing a platform that was firmly rooted in integration and appealing to the sensibilities of white people. This is mainly because he was getting his advice from SAMBO, coon negroes such as Bayard Rustin (who spent his life as a gay black man chasing white boy tail). I’m convinced that his advisors (like Rustin) were more concerned about having greater access to white people than they were about advancing black people. What I just typed is HIGHLY POLEMIC in the black consciousness circle. I have all but lost some friends because I call some of these black “pioneers” for what they really are/were: self-hating, white boy/girl loving coon azz negroes! They disguised their true lust for all things white behind the civil rights movement. I can see through that garbage.

    Anyway, when King realized his errors and tried to correct them. That’s when he met his demise. King realized that Malcolm X had the right message all along, and he started shifting his message away from integration and towards the economic empowerment mantra that Malcolm promoted. Within a month or so of these speeches, King was assassinated.

    So, having said that, don’t be too hard on Dr. King, for I truly believe he thought he was doing the right thing by his people. By the time the realized that he had been used as a tool to mislead black people, and that white people had NO INTENTIONS of ever fully integrating black people, he knew it was game over. He did try to change the message towards the end, but by that time it was too late.

    • That is very true. Most people don’t want to admit the flaws about Dr King. Just like all of us,he had his flaws.
      “Anyway, when King realized his errors and tried to correct them. That’s when he met his demise. King realized that Malcolm X had the right message all along, and he started shifting his message away from integration and towards the economic empowerment mantra that Malcolm promoted. Within a month or so of these speeches, King was assassinated.”
      Very good observation!

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