The Mulatto Advocate

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Wednesday, October 22, 2003

Slow day 

Whatever this crap is, I DON'T WANT IT!!!

Feels like someone shoved a balloon up my nose into my sinus cavity and started inflating it. I'm supposed to be writing up a set of technical specifications for a project I'm working on and I cannot focus for crap with this balloon in my head.

posted by Robert  # 3:53 PM

Tuesday, October 21, 2003

Yet another example 

Thomas Sowell shows once again what happens to black folks who fail to drink the kool-aid.

You'd think that the party that supposedly supports affirmative action and set asides for black folks would be glad to add another black judge to the bench.
posted by Robert  # 1:38 PM

Power in Numbers 

I am proud to announce my membership in the Bear Flag League.

For those unfamiliar with the league, we are a group of bloggers from up and down the Great State of California. There are a lot of very smart people in the league, so if you have the time, try to give them all a read.
posted by Robert  # 1:25 PM

Don't be so sure 

The TSA says no more box cutters will make it on to planes. Yeah right. In the meantime they want to make an example of Nate Heatwole by charging him with a crime. The TSA should face facts and admit that this guy embarrased them. Instead of prosecuting the guy they should hire him.

posted by Robert  # 9:03 AM

Monday, October 20, 2003

Who you callin' crazy? 

Roger Clegg writes an interesting treatise on the state of black education.

I'd be interested to see how and if this dovetails with Properwinston's post on a similar subject last week.

I think Clegg makes an interesting point about the higher prevalence of conspiratorial beliefs among more educated blacks. I think he exposes the general source of exposure to these theories, but doesn't really expound on it.

"Blacks and whites alike are exposed to a lot of left-wing nonsense in the academy, but for some reason African Americans seem to take it more seriously than European Americans do. I suspect there are two reasons for this.

First, blacks are exposed to more of it, because they are more likely to study in areas (for instance, sociology and African American Studies, versus chemistry and mechanical engineering) where political correctness is at its most virulent. Incidentally, this may also explain why, while generally education correlates with conservatism for nonblacks, this breaks down for those with postgraduate degrees.

The second reason, however, is just as important, namely that for a variety of reasons African Americans are more predisposed to believe this nonsense."

The first reason Clegg notes is absolutely correct, in my opinion. I think any cursory examination of the course syllabus for a good number of "(insert subject here) studies" classes in most universities will expose the liberal or leftist bias that exists in the humanities these days. It would be interesting to see how many teachers of African American Studies were once campus radicals back in the day.

Clegg fails to give us a good explanation for reason number two. The article makes it sound as if black folks have some sort of hard-wired disposition to believe nonsensical conspiracy theories. The reason that black folks are more predisposed to believe conspiracies is that many black children are told from cradle to grave about how "the man" or "the system" will always try to keep him down, even though he or she has yet to experience it. Say it enough times to an impressionable young mind, and they will believe it. All throughout their youth, they are fed images and sound bites of racism, both real and perceived. But to the young mind, it's all real, because mommy and daddy told you so, or Jessie Jackson said so and mommy and daddy look up to Jessie, so it must be true. Black children fail often times because they are never told that they can succeed. They are told that no matter what they do, it wil never be good enough. What black parents don't realize is that many children don't see this as motivation to succeed in spite of their circumstances. Some will, but what happens most often is that their children will stop trying. This reasoning is further reinforced by the paternalistic (more patronizing) behavior by left-leaning politicians to provide ever increasing entitlements with the reasoning that since blacks can't succeed on their own, they need help. How insulting.

Clegg does touch briefly on additional reasons why many black children fail in education, like single parent households, etc.; but even more important, he touches on the peer pressure that forces many black kids to either "keep it real" or be castigated for "tryin' to be white". (Having experienced this personally, I can tell you it is not a recent development, either.)

Clegg makes a good suggestion when he says that someone should compile the writings of conservative black thinkers like Booker T. Washington and Frederick Douglas. The problem is exposure. Afro Studies teachers pretty much won't touch the stuff, except to criticise it as being atypical of the black experience.

This may change as black children are exposed to more positive role models like Colin Powell, Condi Rice, etc. Black conservative expression needs to reach a critical mass before it will be taken seriously.

posted by Robert  # 10:19 AM


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