Category Archives: African Americans

Heart of Darkness: Hip Hop, Existentialist Theology, and the WASP Cult of the Other

Introduction Hip-hop is another cultural artefact attracting the attention of Christians working with young people.  Back in January, at the five-day intensive university course for Youth Culture and Ministry, Andrew Root, a professor of youth ministry from Luther Seminary in Minneapolis, devoted an afternoon session to the subject.  His very effective audio-visual presentation reflected what […]

“I love myself. So I must be good”

If you read the links on previous posts you’ll find  ‘a lack of self-esteem’ adduced as one of the main explanations for low Black SAT scores. This is ridiculous on any number of counts, most obviously by avoiding the IQ elephant in the room. But where do they get the idea that Blacks have low […]

The Dark Side of the Civil Rights Movement

The dominant narrative of the civil rights movement is a story about selfless Whites fighting Southern injustice. Usually the movement is presented as made up of devout Christians and freedom fighters, struggling against the prejudices of ignorant Southern Whites. Nothing could be further from the truth. The reality is the civil rights movement was plagued […]

Dealing with Dysfunction: A Review of “What It Is Like to Teach in Failing Schools,” Part 2

Part 1 of “Dealing with Dysfunction” Another of Mr. Teacher’s idiosyncrasies is his view on race. Although he does not explicitly identify his ethnicity, apparently he is a White man. And despite having plenty of real-world experience dealing with Blacks and Browns he does not address race as a biological concept. When discussing the Program […]

Dealing with Dysfunction: A Review of “What It Is Like to Teach in Failing Schools,” Part 1

What it is Like to Teach in Failing Schools: A Memoir, an Inquiry and a Critique (2016) by A. Teacher Even without the students present, a visitor familiar with middle-class White schools would notice that Atlanta’s “Fairfield Junior Academy” is different. Walking the halls he would observe that there were no lockers. “[W} e moved […]

Rational Dialog with BLM Is Not Possible

If we are to judge from recent events, BLM protestors (and a seemingly overwhelming percentage of Blacks in general) don’t seem able to discern the difference between the impression created by a few seconds of a video clip, and the reality and attendant circumstances behind that video.  They know how they feel when they watch […]

Reality Shock in the American Classroom: A Guide for the Perplexed

  A review of Facing Reality in American Education by Robert J. Walters There are over 1200 schools of education in the United States awarding upwards of 175,000 Masters Degrees each year. Prospective students are increasingly selected on the basis of demonstrated commitment to egalitarian ideology; in any case, all of them are  intensively marinated […]