one of the most dangerous stereotypes against black people is that we do not care for education
i think this is the worst stereotype because a lot of black people believe it. every single last person who thinks black folks are collectively out to get them because they read every once in awhile and don’t speak AAVE (wow how special!) is perpetuating this stereotype.
this then justifies the under-funding of schools that predominantly serve black kids. this then justifies the exclusion of black students from higher education. this then justifies the racialization of poverty. the over-incarceration of black people… see where i’m going… this stereotype really justifies white supremacy in its totality.
when if we woke up and opened our eyes/ got rid of those white supremacist glasses we be wearing we can see that no group of people have fought as valiantly for education in America as we have. and continue to do.
right now i’m reading ‘the black revolution on campus’ by martha biondi. and this book alone is really laying out how black college students fought for PWI’s to be more inclusive of black people. does that sound like a group of people anti-education?
but as biondi says… not many people even know about the black campus activism of the 60s. because it’s a lot easier and more convenient to believe that black people actually hate education and that the only reason we’re even in college today is because some nice white people came up with affirmative action.
and so annoying special snowflake black people can think they’re rare and one of a kind because they sometimes read books (even sometimes entire books!) and because they use standard lily white english 24/7.
I totally agree. It’s a terrible cycle. I was just reading this dissertation for a project I’m working on. Studies show that Black students have high-self esteem, which surprised academia. However, self-esteem doesn’t directly correlate to high grades. Intrinsic motivation (how interested you are in the activity .. doing something for the satisfaction you get out of it) was what led to high performance in school. But, Black students, through this stereotype of being inferior that has been repeated throughout their entire lives… felt like school was a White domain and thus didn’t see any point of becoming too interested in the area.
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