The DNC has flooded my (and possibly your) inbox with sequestration facts since Friday afternoon. And if you're like most people you're either looking up from your meal of Top Ramen inside your cardboard box going "huh" or you've been dreading this day ever since you learned you would be directly affected by the $85 billion harsh cuts coming from this bullshit poison pill, crafted by Congress years ago, only to finally come to roost last Friday.
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Today for Clutch Magazine Online we learn that marriage isn't for white people -- it's for rich, educated people. No matter your race, the biggest indicators on whether or not you'll get married and whether or not that marriage will last depends on your ability to finish college and get a (well-paying) job.
This Friday for Clutch I write about how your "black people don't" stereotype sausage gets made and how what we often assign as "black" stereotypes are really "American" stereotypes about class and education. Whether or not you like sushi and Italian art has everything to do with whether or not you were exposed to it. Melanin has no effect.
As if that's a bad thing.
Rick Santorum, college graduate and presidential candidate, recently argued that Barack Obama, college graduate and current president of the United States, was a "snob" because he wanted all Americans to have the opportunity to go to college. Santorum argued that this seemingly benign thing had malevolent intent because college is the place Liberals are made -- or something. Ignoring the fact that pretty much everyone running for president, including himself, went to college, and in the case of the GOP candidates, somehow they all went to college and weren't turned into sodomites and radical black leftists. Nope. They went to college and are still their same obnoxious, narcissistic selves. Because, as you know, college is a place where you get an education, not a "re-education."
Hey! It's one of those articles someone writes to get attention! Tech business writer Gene Marks wrote for Forbes about what he would do if he were a poor black kid to survive. The advice can be easily summed up as -- be good in school even if your school is a nightmare; use the Internet even if you can't afford a computer and don't live near a library where you can get free access to one; Skype -- I guess if that hobo gets off that library computer you took the cross town bus to get to doesn't hog it forever; get on that hot new Diigo thing and the Cliff Notes; and become a Google Scholar. Quite a bit of the advice is hinging on Internet access which ... ahem ... is still a bit out of reach if you're using your money for things like "not starving" and "electricity."
In today's latest depressing, but not surprising news, The Root is reporting on a new study that reveals that black students are routinely given suspensions and harsher punishments than white students for similar offenses. The National Education Policy Center study found that school suspensions for non-white students have gone up by 100 percent since 1970. As a product of integrated, suburban schools in St. Louis County, I'd have to say, "No joke."
The NYC comedy troupe Political Subversities sums up how you need to start saving early to survive rising education costs.
Or, more like when testmaker McGraw-Hill asked former D.C. School Chancellor Michelle Rhee to investigate the high number of erasures on tests indicating that adults went in and changed kids' wrong answers to the right ones, she didn't do that. Then Rhee went on Oprah and became an education rock star based a possible fraud created by panicked teachers and principals who feared losing their jobs due to low test scores. The Daily Beast went in on her, twice, on their site today.
During President Obama's State of the Union address last night he spent a good chunk of it talking the good talk about education. He praised his bipartisan education program, Race to the Top, which, for me, only holds the distinction of "Well, it's not No Child Left Behind, so that's something." But the headliner was when Obama called on for young folks to mobilize, get educated and go out and educate others. Which sounds nice ... in theory. But as my mother, some good friends of mine and many others can attest -- when it comes to respect, teachers are just one step below the grandmother you never remember to call and just one step above the homeless guy who asks you everyday for an exact $1.35 in change.
Translation: Nobody curr 'bout, teechurs.