A high five is not enough!


I have been following this story ( Hundreds of black men turn out to encourage students, dispel stereotypes)and it truly annoys me. Do they have this day for other ethnicities? I mean seriously what the hell? I wonder if the African American community is offended. I found the goals noteworthy, but offensive. I truly believe if you want to change the narrative you can’t just plant seeds (high fiving), you have to water the seed. How about truly giving these youth 45 minutes of your time answering questions? Enlighten the young on how you chose your profession and how you really got there. How about talking about what classes need to be taken in college and what grades need to obtained? Why aren’t these 200 men making their presence known more than once a year? Why not set up a regular rotating seminar on careers? Why aren’t these concerned individuals signing up to be tutors for afterschool programs? How about talking about race and explaining at an age appropriate level why such a media extravaganza was canceled(“America only sees us on the news, in sports or entertainment. They don’t see us as fathers, as professionals.”)? This is a great solid start engaging with and supporting students and their families on issues of race and equality that critically affect their daily lives. Losing the opportunity gap for black and brown students is essential to our educational mission.

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5 Responses to A high five is not enough!

  1. Having spent 39 years in the field of social work I am continually learning, we cant change the world but we can change ourselves. Everyone wants to blame something or someone for the things in their lives without taking a look at themselves. I like the image of the person holding out their hand as if pointing at something or someone and when you look at the position of the hand there is the finger pointing at the object but there are three other fingers pointing back at the person. Lets stop pointing at everything or everyone else and start looking at ourselves.

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  2. atkokosplace says:

    Having a dedicated day or month doesn’t make sense to me. I wonder why people that feel strongly about letting it be known about said race don’t do what you mentioned… go into schools, communities etc and volunteer, help change lives through mentorship/guidance. Help the young follow a path they can be proud of and in turn those young grow up and help the youths.

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