why do they rarely see a positive black man with a degree and a career?
Man.....man this article got me heated. It just shows the naive and arrogance of some people mainly upper/middle class whites.
This man doesn't realize that kids don't raise themselves. He fails to realize that in these "poor black" environments there are little to no positive role models and father figures. All this dude needs to do is watch "The Wire" season with the boys. Hell all he has to do watch the 1st season and look at how my dude Wallace was living. That might be an extreme example but Mr.Forbes doesn't understand the reality of these environments.
Basically every "poor black" kid should have the determination of a scholar. Basically every "poor black" kid should teach themself how to read, write, speak, and network. They should ignore girls, sports, video games, drugs, and other distractions and have study groups in libraries. C'mon man normal kids don't do that. Not white or black. Not poor or rich. Like somebody said it just shows how uneven the playing field is. Just think about it like this.
Middle class white kids can be normal kids and still end up having a decent life
Poor blacks can't be normal kids and still end up having a decent life because of all the factors they are born into. It will take a Tebow-esqe effort to rise from the negative environment. They must get 4.0 gpas, academic scholarships, stay out of trouble, and teach themself from a young age that everything they see isn't right and they should strive to become something they rarely see....a positive black man with a degree and career.
Sounds about fair...
why do "poor black kids" have to have someone right in front of their eyes to steer them the right way...
every kid in harlem see's Vado and are spending all their time hustling to buy that fresh Polo gear, why aren't these kids looking at Chris Gardner and wanting to be like him.
he is the perfect example, no college, no positive role model, in and out of foster care... all he did was work hard, really really hard. he had no luck, but we are the framers of our own future and he framed his....
he studied hard while raising a young child and homeless.... are you trying to tell me that kids in the inner city cannot pick up a book and put down their phones?
You are joking right
Go ask the majority of doctors, lawyers, business owners, and very successful people. Hell even add in teachers and military. For the most part they've had a role model very close to them that has guided them. Parent, uncle, family friend, or guidance counselor ....These inner city kids aspire to be rappers, athletes, hustlers, etc. because for alot of kids thats what they see. They see Calvin go to college because he can hoop, that's a real person accomplishing a real goal. You don't see kids in the inner city wanting to be doctors or have white collar jobs because they are seeing these people in real life.
If you can see something it makes you believe you can acheive it. It also gives you the ability to see the steps involved to reaching that goal. People do what they know. It's human nature. It just so happens alot of upperclass people know money and they are already a leg up.
Stop giving us these amazing Negro stories of Jamal rising from the ashes and raising all his brothers while working 4 jobs and getting his PhD in 1 semester.
Those are great stories of amazing determination but 1) it shouldn't take all that 2) that's not the normal for any race so why tell all blacks to be like that?
Pretty much you are saying all athletes should have the drive, dedication to the game, and ability as Michael Jordan and Kobe. C'mon people are human and its not going to happen.