The Distinguished Gentlemen of Spoken Word

Why do so many Stereotypes still Exist for African American Youth?

I feel that stereotypes still exist in our youth for many different factors, but the one I have experienced the most would be on a educational front. Why? Because in my experience only one teacher of another race, I met known how to work with kids from high risk environments. You could bring in your high caliber teaching degrees from a private or suberb school, but like many teachers fail at the very basic human connection to sympathize or empathize with us in urban areas. And too many teachers either go in with doubts, assumptions, and biases or lack to relate there have been studies that show results in the classroom of young children denying the innocence of black people doing the exact same that white are doing . There for it has created a hindrance for the student and teacher. This begins with what I like to call “surviving the times” living pay check to pay check without doing your job. And kids get use to not learning. Threrfor run the school. If you come from a place of no pride you become a scavenger to find it whatever means necessary good and bad so I believe that teachers should be trained to work with kids of a different background so they wouldn’t know how to better simulate the false accusations of our youth. Basically meeting the children where they are and sometimes that means going the extra mile for example I once had a teacher who bought me wrestling shoes for my wrestling dreams even after the school district took wrestling out of school sports. Not saying that teachers have to be the same way but there needs to be a start, I taught her who I was and then she taught me. And for the majority schools do not teach us pride we only learned about slavery and Dr. King on the surface. safe enough for teachers of another race to be comfortable and for us to be detached from slaves but the inexplicable felling is the same. And we call ourselves pilgrims by the age of 6 before we comprehend we are African American or learn about Abraham Lincoln before Frederick Douglass. The american psychological association stated that young black boys at 10 lose all innocence before white children in the same age bracket does, So change the curriculum and teach the teachers. -Jaleel Pegues