Friday, August 07, 2009
The Non-Degreed Black Worker Suffers After Years Of Inattention
I have noted for years my observations about what I feel has been a misallocation of "Civil Rights" / "Social Justice" resources and attention at it applies to the "Black Permanent Interests".
The marque program of "Affirmative Action" in education has been focused upon getting high performing Black freshmen candidates into highly competitive, elite schools. These schools have far more applicants than they do open freshman seats.
In as much as it is true that the Black Establishment sees these schools as providing a strategic leg up for all who pass through their doors - they have focused their Affirmative Action In Education efforts upon insuring that a certain quantity of Black students are provided access to this "highly connected" network. Today we have a president of the United States who has passed through these ivy covered buildings. (I am not suggesting that he was an AA admission so please don't include me in with the "Birthers")
As I listened to these debates over time I came to the conclusion that the prioritization on getting these high performing Black students into specific schools when they are already "college material" and thus are going to get into college, regardless is a strategic mis-allocation of resources.
I make the case that a far larger group of African-Americans exist who don't receive as much high profile and organized assistance from the Black Establishment.
If we were to make note of the total population of 9th grade Black students and then follow their academic matriculation for the next 10 years - the population of Black students would could have been transformed into "college material" is many times larger than the number of students that benefit from Affirmative Action's assistance in admissions to the schools mentioned above.
My view is that the proof of the "progression" of the Black community is resident in the "wide-middle" instead of at the "Talented 10th" level. I would prefer to have 1 million additional Black graduates from mid-tier universities who then go on into middle management positions in all sorts of disciplines than I would accept 50,000 additional Black graduates from Ivy League schools, a few of them becoming CEOs.
By far our communities would prosper via the presence of a larger quantity of Black people with "good" education than we would in having a smaller number of Black people who have the benefit of running in "elite circles" because of their pedigree.
The sad truth is that the NAACP and the Civil Rights Community has focused more of their resources into buying into the assumptions that our presence in these "Elite White Entities" translate into sound evidence that we have "Moved On Up". In truth what there is at present is a fatal gap between the elite and the lower/middle end of the educational spectrum.
It must be noted that some of the same people who decry the growing income gap between "the extreme wealthy" and the growing ranks of the poor - are bound to the notion that they need to strategically hold their ground in these elite circles. Yes they are acutely aware of the growing number of members in the "permanent underclass". The problem that I have is that they are not prone to accept the responsibility of the incumbency that they have over the public schools that prepare these students on their way to filling out the college admissions application. In effect - the political victory over the local institutional resources has never been trued up with the Black community's expectations that the continuing support for this machine would translate into our young people being more favorably positioned for the open competition.
Two students - one Black and one White - had matriculated through the family, social, cultural and of course, academic maze that was put before him. Today, more than ever before, that maze which the African American child ventures through is governed by forces that are more favorable to these masses now more than ever before.
The people in the video above do not have RACISM as the main force that his serving as their headwinds. Despite the propensity of some to make this be the case and then have others to prove them wrong - this is not the case. Any force that does pop up in the area of racism those who suffer from this have ample legal recourse to seek justice.
Let us put another force on Trial
Source: Race-wire Recession Earnings report
Today there is a recession in the entire nation. The Black community is being clobbered. Despite the typical claim of "last hired, first fired" (racism) the truth is that a company that sees no problem with hiring an Indian national in a call center overseas as it displaces White workers is less likely than ever to refuse to hire an African-American because of his race - domestically.
The Black woman in the video above saw that while there was a significant number of jobs for "degreed" people there was slim pickings available for those who did not have a degree. (I will assume that she means 'college degree' and not high school diploma)
In a world absent a misdirected Black Establishment these numbers that represent the percentage of Black people with a college degree would serve as a main focus. With Klan attacks at an all time low there is really no excuse as to why some operatives continue their favorite pursuit - Racism Chasing. The blood-lust for some to go after their traditional enemies allows the more important considerations which are harming far more African-Americans who entire into the competitive job market.
Worse yet the K-12 school systems where our people are most concentrated are controlled by favorable forces. Simply put - there is no excuse for this level of attainment.
I have heard far more "Blame of Bush and 8 years of Republican rule" for these job loses than I am inclined to hear a strategy by which our people will be made more competitive in the job market and how business people in our communities will open up companies that can employ any of these people who are hungry for work. For them - all roads point to the government, expecting them to assume the role of education and job creation.