It’s called He Talk Like a White Boy by Joseph C. Phillips and I don’t think I can say enough good things about it. In it, he discusses some of the ways in which the black community is setting it’s children up for failure. Why would speaking like an educated person make him sound white? Can’t black people be educated and smart? Why are so many black parents more proud of their children’s achievements on the ball field than in the classroom? Aren’t the odds of success in life better if you take the more academic route? But these are questions that I, as a white woman, am prohibited from asking.
Here in Guilford County, we seem to spend an inordinate amount of time discussing race. Does it really matter what color someone is? Who cares what color the contractor is who builds our buildings if the work is done properly? The school board has an entire committee devoted to studying the “Achievement Gap”. Does anyone else think that implies that we think black children (boys especially) can’t achieve? Why don’t we just start assuming that all children in school can achieve and stop looking for justifications for why they aren’t?
Anyway, read the book because Mr. Phillips expresses it in a way that I certainly can’t. It’s laugh-out-loud funny but sad at the same time too and it should really get you thinking.