Odds & Ends and Random Thoughts
We’ve Got Work To Do!
Here’s part of the National Assessment of Educational Progress’s latest report on student test scores broken down by income and race:
Average scores, Grade 8 math, 2011 NAEP
All students: 283
Asian-American students, higher income: 313
Asian-American students, lower income: 286
White students, higher income: 299
White students, lower income: 278
Hispanic students, higher income: 280
Hispanic students, lower income: 266
Black students, higher income: 273
Black students, lower income: 258
The only bright spot in this report for Blacks students is the fact that they are scoring much higher than they did in decades past. Unfortunately, so is everybody else, so the gap remains.
Mandela Might Have Died In Prison If Conservatives Had Had Their Way!
With the airways filled with politicians praising Mandela it is important to remember that most conservatives, and perhaps the majority of Republicans, were hostile to Mandela and the the ANC freedom movement, and strongly supported the white minority South African govmt and its policy of Apartheid.
To this day those pols deny that race was a factor in their positions, but if you check the record many of these same pols seemed to have been on the wrong side of history on any number of issues where race was involved – from school integration, busing, fair housing, affirmative action, EEO, voting rights, right down to the legitimacy of Obama’s presidency. So, deny it or not, the hostility those pols showed to Mandela simply fit a well-worn pattern of predictable positions held by those who consciously or unconsciously subscribe to beliefs in white supremacy and Black inferiority.
And, not surprisingly, many of those pols hailed from the old slave states, a region that fought a war to preserve slavery. Of course, many of the pols who supported the SA Apartheid regime have long since left the scene. Unfortunately, many of them have been replaced by younger philosophical clones who hold similar anti-Black views but are more sophisticated in their public utterances. Nevertheless, these newer pols tend to vote the same way their predecessor would have. That is, against almost anything that would seem to level the playing field or be seen as beneficial to Blacks and other minorities.
I mean, how else do you explain the visceral hatred of Obamacare by conservative pols from poor states where up to a quarter of their constituents lack access to healthcare?
But I digress. This started as a reminder that many of the voices praising Mandela today belong to folks who would have left him rotting in prison if they could have had their way. Fortunately, at the link below, Thinkprocess has compiled a great timeline to set the record straight: