We live in an area predominately farmers and military. We have African-American neighbors all around our subdivision. 3 houses down from me is an African-American Prinicple at a local elementary school. The local high school prinicple has a doctorates degree and is African-American. So I ask - why does this school which is administered by a very successful African-American, and not within the city limits of any city - why does this school have a 52% drop out rate of young black males?
Its obviously not under-funded, not in a ghetto, not being led by idiots. My asian-american children are sitting right there in the same classrooms with the same teachers and are excelling.
I'm just a little tired of hearing that blacks don't get the same opportunities as others - it was true 40-50 years ago, but is not true today.
The answer has to be elsewhere - maybe family? My wife and I both work - but we always found time to be involved with our childrens school assignments, homework, making sure they studied for exams.....etc.
We raised 5 kids, 3 have gone to college and the last 2 graduate HS this year. All have been taught the importance of being responsible for yourself, your actions and to not rely on the government to solve your problems and take care of you. You want to rise up - it starts with YOU standing up.
I think it is a little bigger than that. Part of the reason I was talking with the Marine was the fact that in spite of the loyalty to the Dems for 60 years, they have gone further and further away from realizing the American Dream.
Dems gave them policies which actually discourage the family unit. There is a huge percentage of black babies born to single moms. Pretty big in other races also, but still, if a mom is to raise kids with the governments help instead of a dads help, the kids are behind already.
I do not know you at all and mean no disrespect, but your kids have a dad and mom which puts them well ahead of the curve. If the single mom is working to raise the kids, she might not be there for the homework and other stuff. And having boys be left alone is a disaster waiting to happen as they grow up.
Bottom line, if government gives you policies leave you in a single parent household, feeds your kids at breakfast, takes care of your kids after school, then the dads role has been subbed out to Uncle Sam. We know how well the government does, well, everything, so just think how well they can do raising your kids.
The government is no substitute for a dad.