John Bennett at a barbeque with friends.
John Bennett, American Shanker:
A Black Male Teacher for Every Student!
I don’t even need to start. Heck, I don’t even need to write this post. You know what you are in for with just the title line. The headline is literally a dogwhistle being held by a KKK Grand Wizard as he tries to rant through the whistle about how much he hates black people.
So let’s just skip to the shorter and get on with it.
- Diversity! Pah, I will not rest until the negro children and wimminfolk are uneducable chattel and only the proud noble white man is allowed to be in a school as either teacher or student.
Oh goody, we’re in for a “treat”, aren’t we?
Our education secretary, Arne Duncan, offered the following bizarre claim: “I think all of our students benefit from having a black male in the classroom.”
When the first sentence of your racist rant is a bleary-eyed conspiracy theory relying on bizarre reading of everyday words, misplaced obsession, and a failure to even make the “scary bad thing” actually sound bad at all, you know you are in for some serious Klan firepit reading.
So, this is about Duncan’s remarkably uncontroversial call for black males to get education degrees and enter the teaching profession, because they are under-represented.
Not really a proposed legislation thing, not really a shift of resources, just an off-hand comment as part of some Black History Month duties.
Of course, seeing as how Duncan is part of Obama’s cabinet and the right-wing has been sustaining a national freakout over Michelle Obama just saying that kids should have access to food with actual food in it… Well, this is of course all the right-wing needs to hear to know of Obama’s impending plan to execute all white teachers off the face of the Earth.
Black males represent only one out of every 50 teachers, and that’s a major social problem, according to the federal government.
Well, to everyone who doesn’t believe that the “jungle races are uneducable”, yeah, pretty much. Lack of diversity in classrooms means that minority students end up viewing education as just another facet of dominant-group america’s animosity and power structure over them, dominant-group students end up having a severely limited education and exposure to ideas, worldviews, cultures, and experiences outside their own and thus end up unable to deal with a diverse global community as adults, and dominant-group teachers are more likely to tailor the education to bigoted or limiting education materials because they lack the immersion in diversity to see that their students may need something else to engage them.
Seeing as how the failure of this engagement is one of the main reason that we have a lot of minority kids deciding that school’s for suckers and going into crime early is a big social reason why we should…
Oh wait, for morons like this, the crime problem with minority students is the purpose not the consequences. As long as they are living in all-white suburban enclaves, the problems of inner city kids just allows them to justify their racism on “see, those kids just don’t want to learn!”
And no bets on whether or not he’ll break out that argument by the time we finish this rant.
The solution is de rigueur racial preferences and more government spending.
Careful there John, you nearly gave it away that the animosity to “more government spending” is a thinly veiled attempt to make minorities into slave-class citizens unable to participate or receive benefits from the system rather than a principled stand for fiscal responsibility…
As if the cheers for unlimited military budgets and giant tax cuts while only citing “financial concerns” whenever someone wanted to help someone not white or with lady bits wasn’t clue enough.
With that solution in mind, the federal government is now going to devote untold resources to a program called the TEACH Campaign.
Untold resources. $185 million for a program in total*, mostly to go to scholarships for education students in top tier programs (so very likely to be black, yup) as long as they teach in an inner city for a handful of years, with some going to education programs to improve their licensing and conduct evaluation programs.
Also, to put this in perspective. This program is $185 million. We dropped $12 billion in cash in Iraq and didn’t even bother to adequately guard it.
Damn are the Bush years’ memorable amount of idiocy inconvenient for the “fiscal responsability” culture warriors, aren’t they?
The goal of the program is to “increase the number, quality, and diversity of teachers in the classroom.”
Ah yes, I can also clearly see the “clone a race of malevolent giant robots to destroy all humanity” written over that quote in invisible ink.
Course that may be more attributable to the kilo of mescaline I just took.
The methods employed are described only in warm and fuzzy terms, such as “trying to recruit more African-American men to go into teaching straight out of college.”
Okay, out of character for a minute, it is the cutest fucking thing to see wingnuts present these basic things with a giant ta-dah completely unaware that we’re no longer Colonial Europe and pointing out the existence of non-white people is no longer a big shocker.
“But no, you see, they want black people to be teachers! Madness, what would they teach? How to be indolent unless given the Christian values to pick cotton? Balderdash and Horsefeathers! That would be a sight!”
The premise of the program is that black students, especially black males, would benefit from a black male role model in the classroom.
Yes, again, that lack of role models that demonstrate that “their people” have success through paths that include a high-level education.
While there may be some minimal short-term benefit to such an approach, the long-term implications are exceptionally troubling.
I’m sorry, what?
While there may
NO! Don’t read it again! I don’t even know where to go with this. I thought I was joking when I said that you thought that black teachers were going to take over and kill all white teachers.
Oh, deary me, we’re going ALL the way down the rabbit hole on this one, aren’t we?
The significance of this program is that one racial group is slowly gaining the right to choose to associate with members of its own racial group in the educational system.
Man, there sure are a lot of segregation-defenders who never really got why people were mad at them for it, weren’t there?
First off, bullshit. Second off, bullshit times a billion. Third off, what part of under-represented didn’t you get from the earlier parts? Fourth off, remember when you wrote your paranoid headline about Duncan wanting to put a black male in every teacher with your white daughters and everything, from before? So not really a “black kids only get black teachers” thing.
And fifth off, Fine.
You win, wingnuts.
Sure, it’s a terrible and unholy practice. And once you have done the decades of research showing school after school of majority white children without a single white teacher, whose educational materials and tests are entirely about the history and success of non-white people in predominantly non-white countries, whose tests are written entirely in white cultural idioms that no one but radicals dares point out, whose society regularly antagonizes as “problem students” who are uneducable, where white children lack nearly all adult role-models who found success in fields requiring high education, and where white children are still treated as undeserving and cheating when they break into high education because they couldn’t have “earned” it.
We can also give white kids a poorly funded project giving teachers a woefully inadequate scholarship to teach in the blighted suburbs.
So get cracking. I’m sure this will be just as meticulously cataloged as the reams of corroborating data on education and minority children.
Duncan has said, “We need more men of color in our schools.” The “of color” designation refers only to Hispanics and blacks, for the purposes of the TEACH program. Whites and Asians don’t count.
Hey, 1970 called and wanted its deliberate feigned ignorance of terms back. I mean, this shit was an unfunny racist joke in the 70s (hurr, hurr, what do white people not have color?). Still clinging to it these days… let’s just say it makes Abe Simpson look hip and down with the youngsters.
The federal government is not advocating racial matching of teachers and students for the benefit of whites and Asians. The mere suggestion would be treated as a racist absurdity.
Choices choices. Do I go with the profanity laden rant about how that would indeed be an issue if Duncan had actually called for teaching segregation and for black teachers to be the only teachers for black students or that black teachers should only be teaching black kids instead of being positive in every child’s life (for the same reason of reminding the illiterate offspring of fuckers like Bennett that blacks aren’t just cyphers for their sexual fears/fantasies)?
Or do I go with the profanity laden rant about how whites and asians don’t need it, because they already have it, because most schools in the country employ at least one white and usually one asian teacher?
What do you mean, I’m out of time to decide?
Only time will tell how many tax dollars and how much government power will be brought to bear to achieve this feat of social engineering. In the meantime, so much for a colorblind America, and so much for judging people by the content of their character.
Social engineering, misreading of Dr. King’s words as an attempt at racist shaming. What’s next? A claim of “racial favortism” on the part of Obama himself-
Racial favoritism is not surprising coming from the Obama administration, but it is certainly still disturbing on several levels. When it comes to programs like the TEACH Campaign, the underlying rationale is rarely questioned. One deeper problem, which is almost never mentioned, concerns the racial attitudes inherent in such policies.
Oh my fucking Bob!
Seriously, doesn’t really help your case that “blacks are the real racists” when you consistently, unfailingly, and repeatedly see every situation wherein there may be a remote possibility of a non-white person as the end of all whiteness everywhere.
Just fucking saying!
As Duncan made clear, the main beneficiaries of the program are supposed to be black male students. Black male teachers benefit “all of our students[,]” Duncan says, “[b]ut particularly our young black males.”
Now, your average ranting hobo on the street after repeating the words that disprove his freakout for the second fucking time, might, just might, pause a moment and shift to a new source of obsession.
But apparently, that’s because paranoid schizophrenics apparently have more connection to reality than the average American Thinker writer.
Good to know.
As one black teacher explained to CNN News, black male students with a black male teacher are “able to see what they’ll become one day, and if those images are positive, it raises their self identity to another level.”
What?!? If a black person sees an admirable black person who has accomplished something requiring an education, they may actually care about education and see it as a way to improve their lives rather than just tuning out and devoting all their resources to the only successful role models they see (rap stars, sports stars, and criminals)?
What insane moon logic is this?
Clearly this is just the first stage of Segregation 2.0 only this time it’s the white man in the back of the bus!
This can be called the race-based education theory — the notion that one learns better when instructed by a person with the same racial group identity.
Ha! Thought I was kidding, weren’t you?
But yes, it could be called that…
Or it may be about you know having them see someone, anyone as someone to aspire to be and thus care about school for.
But that would require being able to see black children as actual human beings rather than as space monkeys born out of raw hate for whitey and welfare program handouts.
Race-based education is a step far beyond the promising and often successful experiments in single-sex education.
A note to my readers. If ever your life devolves to the point where you find yourself writing a sentence like this without irony or snark, please do not hesitate to kill yourself.
Having a male teacher in the classroom is of some benefit to male students. Schools around the country, with diverse ethnic and ideological identities, are opting for single-sex education. Young men of all racial groups are more likely to defer and compose themselves in the presence of a male authority figure.
Yeah, no. Just no. Pretty much all the literature on this basically just shows that women do a little better in women-only groups because of social sexism that could be solved with good teaching practices encouraging teachers to work against cultural training and call on women more in the classes. Nothing about the he-man women-hater’s club aiding the all-male paradise that a disturbing number of wingnut men seem to fantasize about.
I mean, not to make insinuations, John T. Peckerwood, but these days, the only people I see fantasizing about single-sex education environments are gay people using it for a kink scene or masturbatory fantasy.
But Arne Duncan is not talking about young men in general benefiting from male authority figures per se. Instead, Duncan tells us that “a black male” teacher in particular will be of benefit to “all” students.
We’re now at the third quoting of the inconvenient fact that disproves his racist freakout and while he’s shared his dreams of a world where only white men would be allowed to teach and be students…
I’m not sure whether that level of tenacious delusion is admirable or whether I should call the men in white coats for his own good.
The evidence is mixed on whether race-based student-teacher pairings benefit members of the designated racial groups.
Evidence is a strange thing in wingnutopia. See single sex education has a dedicated lobby in Washington, has long been an obsession of the Catholic Church’s “education” arm, and is really archaic, so it might as well be gospel from Heaven. The literal reams of evidence for the no-duh assertion that kids without education-based role models who resemble them care more about completing education instead of writing it off as say “a white thing” goes against The Bell Curve and so might as well not exist.
On the other hand, there is no evidence that all students benefit from having a minority teacher.
And the evidence that all students are less likely to be racist toolbags writing for the American Thinker if they have a diverse environment in their fellow students and authority figures really goes against his self-preservation, and so is an unthinkable thought which must have zero evidence and is in fact proof that the person saying it is the anti-christ.
How dare you say that white people need to know the untermenschen. They know how to oppress them just fine from their segregated bubbles, thank you very much!
It is a major oversell for Duncan to claim as much. But Duncan had to say that “all” students benefit, because the only alternative was to make an honest statement about the one group of students who might actually stand to gain: black males.
Good job, Johnny Reb, on torpedoing your initial “segregation is bad when black people do it” pose, by failing to resist your need to remind us of your support for actual segregation.
So let’s see here, black males aren’t allowed to teach black kids, because “that’s racist and segregation, but not in a way that demeans actual segregation, which fuckers like me have been battling for decades, especially in the schools, with every dirty trick in the book”. And black males aren’t allowed to teach any other kids because, ew negro cooties.
So that leaves us with, um…
All hail our black female teacher overlords!
The grotesquely contorted logic of Duncan’s assertion is further highlighted by applying that logic to other racial groups.
Also the cutest thing ever? Wingnuts accusing anyone else of “contorted logic” while putting logic through the sort of torture dungeon that would make the Saw puppet go “hey now”.
There are just as few Hispanic male teachers as there are black male teachers. The TEACH program makes mention of Hispanics as well, but we have not yet been told by our federal government that all students would benefit from having a Hispanic male in the classroom. For that matter, all students could benefit from an Asian male, or a biracial male.
You listened to exactly one line in a rather specific speech to black teachers. Gosh, yes, Duncan was remarkably lax about mentioning other races in THAT ONE FUCKING SENTENCE! The one you chose to completely miss the point of because the very mention of black male teachers had you pulling your daughters out of school lest they come for you next.
Yeah, I imagine he probably would feel the same way sane people do about those groups, for likely the same exact reasons. It’s just black males are on the bottom of the list in representation, so they got the sound bite.
Perhaps all students could benefit from a Scotch-Irish WASP male as well. Once the government begins playing racial favorites, there is no principled end to the crass tribal favoritism that will ensue.
Coming from the idiot who was arguing that black male teachers have nothing to offer white students, you really don’t so much have ground to stand on, as a mushy pile of quicksand actively sucking around your kneecaps.
Also, they and everyone else DO have white teachers. 85% of ALL teachers are white. Hence the problem with education being viewed as a “white thing”. And that’s before you mix in problems like “world history” suspiciously only covering European history.
And you know what? It’d actually be a problem if there were no white teachers in inner city schools, as having at least one white person care whether they live or die probably also helps ensure that racial animosity is lessened.
Heck, it’s the view of the which funds ANYONE in a top tier education program who is willing to spend some years teaching inner city kids regardless of race (hint, it’s mostly going to be white dudes).
The need for black male teachers arises from the supposed interests of the black male students. Duncan should have simply left it at that.
You know, the more times you repeat this unsupported de facto statement that was created out of racism so deep Nathan Bedford Forrest would be going “Damn, boy”, the more it proves that you aren’t a racist little shit having a prolonged freakout about the White House being “soiled” by Obama’s “black filthy hands”.
Let us pretend that Secretary Duncan has cracked the code; assume that there would be some significant improvement in learning if there were more black male teachers for black male students. Let us also assume that the benefits of race-based education are worth the costs. Even assuming all of that, Duncan will still need to find black males willing to enter the teaching profession. Specifically, Duncan will have to find college-educated black men who will volunteer to teach the “disadvantaged,” by serving in classrooms in troubled communities. This may prove to be infeasible.
Gosh, almost like that was the original meaning of Duncan’s sentence, before you had your giant panic attack about Teacher Mandingo stretching out your teenage daughters and turning them into race traitor ghetto sluts.
Young black men, like many other students, often go to college to advance themselves and leave behind the neighborhoods that threatened to hold them back. In some schools, particularly those which perform worst, being verbally abused is the very least of a teacher’s fears. The prospect of attempting to teach such difficult young men (the group that Duncan said will “particularly” benefit from race-based education) is not a future that many will embrace. For instance, Philadelphia’s mayor, who is black, publicly referred to the teens responsible for a rash of racial mob violence and said of those teens, “[Y]ou’ve damaged your own race.”
Wow, did that start out as a nearly coherent acknowledgment that black people who work hard to escape the crippling poverty and social problems exasperated in the ghettos may feel conflicted about returning and trying to fix the neighborhoods rather than taking the easier and more respected path… and then end up as a “See, even black people say they are useless” rant?
Wow, stay classy Johnny Plantation Owner, stay classy.
In fact, it requires a combination of optimism and unfamiliarity — i.e., naiveté — to set foot into such troubled classrooms. Young whites possess those qualities in abundance, which explains why whites make up an incredible 73% of teachers in urban city schools, and 91% of teachers in urban schools outside cities, according to Leslie T. Fenwick, the Dean of Howard University’s School of Education.
If you find your ears ringing a little bit after that one, allow me to translate the dog whistle stuck on 11.
Whites only try and educate the jungle babies out of white guilt.
Also, and most delightfully, he carries the euphemism “urban” as code for black to the point where it fails to be a code word anymore.
Urban schools outside cities, you say, why whatever could you mean by that?
Huh, what are the percentages for say, rural mostly white schools? Hey, lookie 90%/ Go figure.
College-educated black men will be aware of what awaits in “disadvantaged” classrooms. They will be familiar with the slander, repeated by too many black students, that getting good grades is “acting white.” Given that mentality, the teacher is just someone who helps black kids “act white.”
You don’t say!
Why, if only they had say, some black male role model. Who say had a college education and was someone they respected and aspired to be. Especially if they could be a regular presence in their lives. Like a teacher or something!
Heck, if they were in education, that itself would attack the idea that “education” was a white thing on two levels.
Oh, wait, that would be Segregation 2.0 because of the rules the guy wearing a white sheet as he types this just made up.
Shame, that would be a real quick fix to that problem.
Black men, many of whom are directly familiar with the challenges that await teachers, will quite reasonably choose other careers. Or, rather, if they do become teachers, they will generally prefer not to teach in poorly performing schools where their racial identity would ostensibly be of greatest benefit.
As demonstrated by all the black males flocking to rural and suburban schools to teach. Why I remember my own schooling in the the blandest whitest hills of Outer Suburbia and remarking at how all of my teachers seemed to be shell-shocked black male survivors of the ghettos relating harrowing tales of nearly being cast as extras in the latest Ice Cube music video.
Gosh, I really hope that there is no area of study where people go and look at the actual racial composition of schools, cause that would have been really inconvenient**.
As dubious as race-based education is, many will argue that it is a necessary evil in response to a dire educational problem. Duncan points out:
… [W]e’re competing with the gangs, we’re competing with the drug dealers on the corner, and when students fall through the cracks, when young people don’t have that positive mentor, in a school setting, in the church or community, there’s always a guy on the street corner that can say come my way.
In other words, to counter the disastrous effects of ghetto culture, it may be necessary to engage in patently race-based social engineering.
Doesn’t Duncan understand that such issues are merely a result of their inferior black minds being unable to handle freedom with the respect and aplomb of white minds and thus finally abuse us of our silly liberal notion that freeing the slaves was anything other than misguided social engineering?
So this is what liberalism has come to: we’re meeting cultural decline with bad policy. Perhaps we can take some comfort in knowing that the students themselves haven’t advocated for race-based education. Rather, educational experts — many of whom are white and almost all of whom are liberal — have decided that young black men should be taught more often by black men. Aside from the blatant racial hypocrisy involved, race-based education is another desperate effort to alter a subculture that is actively refusing the clear path to opportunity, which is so clearly laid out by free K-12 public education.
Oh wait. That pretty much is his argument. Never mind.
John Bennett (MA, University of Chicago, MAPSS ’07) is a veteran, writer, and law student at Emory University living in Atlanta, GA.
He’s from the Deep South?!? I could hardly tell!
So, you know what’s the best part of this beast of a racist rant?
It came out the exact same day his fellow American Thinker writer and professional minstrel show Lloyd Marcus wrote this gem:
Shorter Lloyd Marcus, American Dreamer:
Republicans: Black America’s True Friend
- The fact that I could find 1 exceptional black person outside the narrow avenues of success allowed black kids is proof that there is no such thing as racial discrimination and liberals are the real racists for believing in it.
So while sad little Lloyd was trying to fight back the demons in his head and trying to throw up a smokescreen about how his fellow conservatives have nothing but love for the black man, his employer’s motley collection of ex-Klansmen and wards of the state couldn’t even manage to go one day without fully demonstrating why he’ll always be one of the only black men in the country stupid enough to align themselves with that hive of scum and villainy.
It’s what made reading that disgusting batch of racist conspiracy theories worth it. For how sadly hilarious it made Lloyd Marcus’s plight.
The rule has always been “don’t get off the boat”, but just this once, if the above post has gotten you down, you should dip a toe out. For Lloyd’s sad life crashing down around him the same day he tries and justify his trainwreck of a life story, really does remind one that no matter how bad their life gets, how pathetic they may become, no matter how many Republican congressman dicks they’re sucking in a men’s bathroom for $10 a pop…
They’re not Lloyd Marcus trying to post a “conservatives love black people” the same day all of his fellow writers fantasize about a world without people like him in it.
‘Shorter’ concept created by Daniel Davies and perfected by Elton Beard. We are aware of all Internet traditions.™ What five day gap?
*Source, the Department Education Fiscal Year 2012 Budgetary Request for the TEACH program. Hey, if I had to look up the pdf to answer this moron, I’m damn well including the paper trail I used to do it.
** Like say Page 13, Table 5 of “The Segregation of American Teachers” by Erica Frankenberg of the Civil Rights Project.
*** Not connected to anything, but for all the wingnuts using the deliberately segregated and underfunded inner city schools as a “proof” that non-white kids are uneducable and should be abandoned by the system, there seems to be some deliberate gliding over rural communities. Maybe because those mostly white communities with mostly white students have worse performance, worse teacher hiring standards, and worse teacher education backgrounds than even the “scare storiest” inner-city school. How convenient for the racists that the comparison is always between underfunded inner-cities versus overfunded suburban rather than any equal economic situation.