Huffington Post Blog #4: About Joel Klein, Black Males, and Ridiculous Crises - The Jose Vilson

Huffington Post Blog #4: About Joel Klein, Black Males, and Ridiculous Crises

by Jose Vilson on November 15, 2010

in Jose


People’s reactions to this report tell me one thing that’s persisted for ages in this country: We’re selectively oblivious to the plight of those less fortunate than us. Thus, “crisis” is relative.

Every time a report comes out about an underprivileged group, we get the same surge of pseudo-interest: people make calls, the media channels put the numbers in a 3D graphic, people from that group are highlighted and interviewed, a “regular” person states their opinion via email, phone, or video, the government makes a statement about it and “assures” that they’re doing everything in their power to help the situation, someone alludes to an event from the past century that’s just like this event, a stated expert from that group gives their scholarly stern advise that they’ve been researching for years. People nod and the nation forgets about it as soon as another big flare-up happens. Because of this, people still believe we’re really doing something about the current problem and thus, “regular” people don’t have to worry about that crisis and it’s not a crisis anymore.

What a waste of human potential.

Read more at The Huffington Post. Someone already mentioned how the article knocked out Tom Vander Ark from the top feature spot. Real ed-reformers stand up!

(But seriously, comment, share, pass along, and thank you.)

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