So I read this article the other day. Apparently schools around this country are still getting upwards of 70 million dollars a year for desegregation programs. From the article: “A federal judge has accused the schools of delaying desegregation so they can keep receiving an annual infusion of $70 million.” Ya think? Holy shit people, the Little Rock 9 was 54 years ago. We’ve been paying all this money for half a century and you still haven’t figured this out?
Allow me, as usual, to enlighten you.
The courts apparently want to get out of the desegregation business all together. “I don’t think they’re stopping because they’ve been successful. I think they’re stopping because they feel it’s time to move onto other issues.” Time? 54 years of multi-million dollar payments and you’re just now realizing it might be time?
They say they still need the money because “Despite years of efforts, black students still score much lower on tests than white students.” More money? You think that’s the answer?
The judge reviewing it thinks “few, if any, of the participants in this case have any clue how to effectively educate underprivileged black children.” Closer, but you’re still missing the point. You still think this is about race.
I’m bored with quoting idiots. You all seem to think the issue here is with the school. Maybe the programs weren’t good enough. Maybe the teachers weren’t good enough. Maybe the schools weren’t white/black balanced enough. You seem to think its a problem with the education. But you’re wrong.
The one thing no-one in this article (and probably in the entire nationwide debate) ever mentions is that the problem might be with the kids. Go ahead, string me up, I said your kid is at fault. Damn, I must be Satan himself. Probably, but let me finish my point. These kids haven’t been failed, they haven’t even been trying. Why in the world would any kid of any skin tone apply themselves in school and get a good education to grow up to be valuable members of society when that same society has taught them that being a self-centered asshole who can shoot a basketball or yap into a microphone can put them in the lap of luxury at a young age? The problem isn’t a lack of education, its a lack of motivation. We need to make kids want to get an education. They need to want it, or there’s nothing we can do to make them learn.
Its that simple, and yet that complicated. Its all of our fault, plain and simple. We’ve created a world where the priorities are completely ass-backwards. We glorify the worthless and deride the useful. You’ve all caused it. You are the only ones who can fix it. Stop looking to blame everyone else and start small, with your own kids. Don’t ask me how to do it, you already know, you’re just too lazy to do it.
Wrapping this one up, there was one good paragraph in the whole article. One someone could be proud of. Oddly enough, it comes from the same money-grubbing administration, but its not a direct quote, so maybe the reporter did them more justice than they deserve. I’ll let you decide.
The districts argue that desegregation should be about giving parents options between good schools, not strictly counting the number of white and black students.
Again, one of those ridiculously obvious statements that seems like a nugget of true wisdom when found amid the dross. Oh what have we done?