A White Teacher Speaks Out!! What is it like to teach black students?

This is an old article but I've never seen it posted here. I was reading it again and I found it so funny but scary at the same time, I decided to post it here and get peoples opinions/reactions to it.












A White Teacher Speaks Out

What is it like to teach black students?


by Christopher Jackson

I recall a bad joke that explains, in crude terms, the relationship between blacks and whites in America today:

“What do you call a white man surrounded by 20 blacks?”


“What do you call a white man surrounded by 1,000 blacks?”


I might add another line to this joke: “What do you call a white man surrounded by 30 blacks?”


Until recently I taught at a predominantly black high school in a southeastern state. I took the job because I wasn’t knowledgeable about race at the time, and black schools aren’t picky. The school offered me a job and suddenly I was in darkest Africa. Except, I wasn’t in Africa; I was in America.

Not quite the way it really is.
Blacks outnumbered whites about five to one at this school and there were hardly any Hispanics. Some of my classes were all-black, or nearly so, because the gifted and advanced classes siphoned off most of the white students and I taught regular classes. There were some black teachers but the majority were white.

Most of the blacks I taught were from the area. They did not tend to travel very much, and I am sure there are regional differences in the ways in which blacks speak and act. However, I suspect my experiences were generally typical, certainly for Southern blacks.

The mainstream press gives a hint of what conditions are like in black schools, but only a hint. Expressions journalists use like “chaotic” or “poor learning environment” or “lack of discipline” do not capture what really happens. There is nothing like the day-to-day experience of teaching black children and that is what I will try to convey.


Most whites simply do not know what black people are like in large numbers, and the first encounter can be a shock. One of the most immediately striking things about my students was that they were loud. They had little conception of ordinary white decorum. It was not unusual for five blacks to be screaming at me at once. Instead of calming down and waiting for a lull in the din to make their point — something that occurs to even the dimmest white students — blacks just tried to yell over each other.

It did no good to try to quiet them, and white women were particularly inept at trying. I sat in on one woman’s class as she begged the children to pipe down. They just yelled louder so their voices would carry over hers.

Blacks are loud. It was not unusual for five students to be screaming at once.
Many of my black students would repeat themselves over and over again — just louder. It was as if they suffered from Tourette syndrome. They seemed to have no conception of waiting for an appropriate time to say something. They would get ideas in their heads and simply had to shout them out. I might be leading a discussion on government and suddenly be interrupted: “We gotta get more Democrats! Clinton, she good!” The student may seem content with that outburst but two minutes later, he would suddenly start yelling again: “Clinton good!”

Anyone who is around young blacks will get a constant diet of rap music. Blacks often make up their own jingles, and it was not uncommon for 15 black boys to swagger into a classroom, bouncing their shoulders and jiving back and forth, rapping 15 different sets of words in the same harsh, rasping dialect. The words were almost invariably a childish form of boasting: “Who got dem shine rim, who got dem shine shoe, who got dem shine grill (gold and silver dental caps)?” The amateur rapper usually ends with a claim — in the crudest terms imaginable — that all womankind is sexually devoted to him. For whatever reason, my students would often groan instead of saying a particular word, as in, “She suck dat aaahhhh (think of a long grinding groan), she f**k dat aaaahhhh, she lick dat aaaahhh.”

Many rap lyrics are crude but some are simply incomprehensible. Not so long ago, there was a popular rap called “Tat it up.” I heard the words from hundreds of black mouths for weeks. Some of the lyrics are:

Tat tat tat it up.
ATL tat it up.
New York tat it up.
Tat tat tat it up.
Rap is one of the most degenerate things to have come out of our country, and it is tragic that it has infected whites to the extent it has.

These are their heroes.

Black women love to dance — in a way white people might call gyrating. They dance in the hall, in the classroom, on the chairs, next to the chairs, under the chairs, everywhere. Once I took a call on my cell phone and had to step outside of class. I was away about two minutes but when I got back the black girls had lined up at the front of the classroom and were convulsing to the delight of the boys.

Many black people, especially black women, are enormously fat. Some are so fat I had to arrange special seating to accommodate their bulk. I am not saying there are no fat white students — there are — but it is a matter of numbers and attitudes. Many black girls simply do not care that they are fat. There are plenty of white anorexics, but I have never met or heard of a black anorexic.

“Black women be big Mr. Jackson,” my students would explain.

“Is it okay in the black community to be a little overweight?” I ask.

Two obese black girls in front of my desk begin to dance, “You know dem boys lak juicy fruit, Mr. Jackson.” “Juicy” is a colorful black expression for the buttocks.

Blacks are the most directly critical people I have ever met: “Dat shirt stupid. Yo’ kid a bastard. Yo’ lips big.” Unlike whites, who tread gingerly around the subject of race, they can be brutally to the point. Once I needed to send a student to the office to deliver a message. I asked for volunteers, and suddenly you would think my classroom was a bastion of civic engagement. Thirty dark hands shot into the air. My students loved to leave the classroom and slack off, even if just for a few minutes, away from the eye of white authority. I picked a light-skinned boy to deliver the message. One very black student was indignant: “You pick da half-breed.” And immediately other blacks take up the cry, and half a dozen mouths are screaming, “He half-breed.”

For decades, the country has been lamenting the poor academic performance of blacks and there is much to lament. There is no question, however, that many blacks come to school with a serious handicap that is not their fault. At home they have learned a dialect that is almost a different language. Blacks not only mispronounce words; their grammar is often wrong. When a black wants to ask, “Where is the bathroom?” he may actually say “Whar da badroom be?” Grammatically, this is the equivalent of “Where the bathroom is?” And this is the way they speak in high school. Students write the way they speak, so this is the language that shows up in written assignments.

It is true that some whites face a similar handicap. They speak with what I would call a “country” accent that is hard to reproduce but results in sentences such as “I’m gonna gemme a Coke.” Some of these country whites had to learn correct pronunciation and usage. The difference is that most whites overcome this handicap and learn to speak correctly; many blacks do not.

Most of the blacks I taught simply had no interest in academic subjects. I taught history, and students would often say they didn’t want to do an assignment or they didn’t like history because it was all about white people. Of course, this was “diversity” history, in which every cowboy’s black cook got a special page on how he contributed to winning the West, but black children still found it inadequate. So I would throw up my hands and assign them a project on a real, historical black person. My favorite was Marcus Garvey. They had never heard of him, and I would tell them to research him, but they never did. They didn’t care and they didn’t want to do any work.

Anyone who teaches blacks soon learns that they have a completely different view of government from whites. Once I decided to fill 25 minutes by having students write about one thing the government should do to improve America. I gave this question to three classes totalling about 100 students, approximately 80 of whom were black. My few white students came back with generally “conservative” ideas. “We need to cut off people who don’t work,” was the most common suggestion. Nearly every black gave a variation on the theme of “We need more government services.”

My students had only the vaguest notion of who pays for government services. For them, it was like a magical piggy bank that never goes empty. One black girl was exhorting the class on the need for more social services and I kept trying to explain that people, real live people, are taxed for the money to pay for those services. “Yeah, it come from whites,” she finally said. “They stingy anyway.”

“Many black people make over $50,000 dollars a year and you would also be taking away from your own people,” I said.

She had an answer to that: “Dey half breed.” The class agreed. I let the subject drop.

Many black girls are perfectly happy to be welfare queens. On career day, one girl explained to the class that she was going to have lots of children and get fat checks from the government. No one in the class seemed to have any objection to this career choice.

Surprising attitudes can come out in class discussion. We were talking about the crimes committed in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, and I brought up the rape of a young girl in the bathroom of the Superdome. A majority of my students believed this was a horrible crime but a few took it lightly. One black boy spoke up without raising his hand: “Dat no big deal. They thought they is gonna die so they figured they have some fun. Dey jus’ wanna have a fun time; you know what I’m sayin’?” A few black heads nodded in agreement.

After Katrina, at the Superdome.
My department head once asked all the teachers to get a response from all students to the following question: “Do you think it is okay to break the law if it will benefit you greatly?” By then, I had been teaching for a while and was not surprised by answers that left a young, liberal, white woman colleague aghast. “Yeah” was the favorite answer. As one student explained, “Get dat green.”

There is a level of conformity among blacks that whites would find hard to believe. They like one kind of music: rap. They will vote for one political party: Democrat. They dance one way, speak one way, are loud the same way, and fail their exams in the same way. Of course, there are exceptions but they are rare.

Whites are different. Some like country music, others heavy metal, some prefer pop, and still others, God forbid, enjoy rap music. They have different associations, groups, almost ideologies. There are jocks, nerds, preppies, and hunters. Blacks are all — well — black, and they are quick to let other blacks know when they deviate from the norm.

One might object that there are important group differences among blacks that a white man simply cannot detect. I have done my best to find them, but so far as I can tell, they dress the same, talk the same, think the same. Certainly, they form rival groups, but the groups are not different in any discernible way. There simply are no groups of blacks that are as distinctly different from each other as white “nerds,” “hunters,” or “Goths,” for example.

How the world looks to blacks

One point on which all blacks agree is that everything is “racis’.” This is one message of liberalism they have absorbed completely. Did you do your homework? “Na, homework racis’.” Why did you get an F on the test? “Test racis’.”

I was trying to teach a unit on British philosophers and the first thing the students noticed about Bentham, Hobbes, and Locke was “Dey all white! Where da black philosopher a’?” I tried to explain there were no blacks in eighteenth-century Britain. You can probably guess what they said to that: “Dat racis’!”

One student accused me of deliberately failing him on a test because I didn’t like black people.

“Do you think I really hate black people?”


“Have I done anything to make you feel this way? How do you know?”

“You just do.”

“Why do you say that?”

He just smirked, looked out the window, and sucked air through his teeth. Perhaps this was a regional thing, but the blacks often sucked air through their teeth as a wordless expression of disdain or hostility.

My black students had nothing but contempt for Hispanics. Whites were “racis’,” of course, but they thought of us at least as Americans. Not the Mexicans.
My students were sometimes unable to see the world except through the lens of their own blackness. I had a class that was host to a German exchange student. One day he put on a Power Point presentation with famous German landmarks as well as his school and family. From time to time during the presentation, blacks would scream, “Where da black folk?!” The exasperated German tried several times to explain that there were no black people where he lived in Germany. The students did not believe him. I told them Germany is in Europe, where white people are from, and Africa is where black people are from. They insisted that the German student was racist, and deliberately refused to associate with blacks.

Blacks are keenly interested in their own racial characteristics. I have learned, for example, that some blacks have “good hair.” Good hair is black parlance for black-white hybrid hair. Apparently, it is less kinky, easier to style, and considered more attractive.

Blacks are also proud of light skin. Imagine two black students shouting insults across the room. One is dark but slim; the other light and obese. The dark one begins the exchange: “You fat, Ridario!”

Ridario smiles, doesn’t deign to look at his detractor, shakes his head like a wobbling top, and says, “You wish you light skinned.”

They could go on like this, repeating the same insults over and over.

My black students had nothing but contempt for Hispanic immigrants. They would vent their feelings so crudely that our department strongly advised us never to talk about immigration in class in case the principal or some outsider might overhear.

Whites were “racis’,” of course, but they thought of us at least as Americans. Not the Mexicans. Blacks have a certain, not necessarily hostile understanding of white people. They know how whites act, and it is clear they believe whites are smart and are good at organizing things. At the same time, they probably suspect whites are just putting on an act when they talk about equality, as if it is all a sham that makes it easier for whites to control blacks. Blacks want a bigger piece of the American pie. I’m convinced that if it were up to them they would give whites a considerably smaller piece than whites get now, but they would give us something. They wouldn’t give Mexicans anything.

What about black boys and white girls? No one is supposed to notice this or talk about it but it is glaringly obvious: Black boys are obsessed with white girls. White parents would do well to keep their daughters well away from black schools. I’ve witnessed the following drama countless times. A black boy saunters up to a white girl. The cocky black dances around her, not really in a menacing way. It’s more a shuffle than a threat. As he bobs and shuffles he asks, “When you gonna go wit’ me?”

On-campus arrest.
There are two kinds of reply. The more confident white girl gets annoyed, looks away from the black and shouts, “I don’t wanna go out with you!” The more demure girl will look at her feet and mumble a polite excuse but ultimately say no. There is only one response from the black boy: “You racis’.” Many girls — all too many — actually feel guilty because they do not want to date blacks. Most white girls at my school stayed away from blacks, but a few, particularly the ones who were addicted to drugs, fell in with them.

There is something else that is striking about blacks. They seem to have no sense of romance, of falling in love. What brings men and women together is sex, pure and simple, and there is a crude openness about this. There are many degenerate whites, of course, but some of my white students were capable of real devotion and tenderness, emotions that seemed absent from blacks — especially the boys.

Black schools are violent and the few whites who are too poor to escape are caught in the storm. The violence is astonishing, not so much that it happens, but the atmosphere in which it happens. Blacks can be smiling, seemingly perfectly content with what they are doing, having a good time, and then, suddenly start fighting. It’s uncanny. Not long ago, I was walking through the halls and a group of black boys were walking in front of me. All of a sudden they started fighting with another group in the hallway.

Blacks are extraordinarily quick to take offense. Once I accidently scuffed a black boy’s white sneaker with my shoe. He immediately rubbed his body up against mine and threatened to attack me. I stepped outside the class and had a security guard escort the student to the office. It was unusual for students to threaten teachers physically this way, but among themselves, they were quick to fight for similar reasons.

The real victims are the unfortunate whites caught in this. They are always in danger and their educations suffer. White weaklings are particularly susceptible, but mostly to petty violence. They may be slapped or get a couple of kicks when they are trying to open a bottom locker. Typically, blacks save the hard, serious violence for each other.

There was a lot of promiscuous sex among my students and this led to violence. Black girls were constantly fighting over black boys. It was not uncommon to see two girls literally ripping each other’s hair out with a police officer in the middle trying to break up the fight. The black boy they were fighting over would be standing by with a smile, enjoying the show he had created. For reasons I cannot explain, boys seldom fought over girls.

Pregnancy was common among the blacks, though many black girls were so fat I could not tell the difference. I don’t know how many girls got abortions, but when they had the baby they usually stayed in school and had their own parents look after the child. The school did not offer daycare.

Aside from the police officers constantly on patrol, a sure sign that you are in a black school is the coke cage: the chain-link fence that many majority-black schools use to protect vending machines. The cage surrounds the machine and even covers its top. Delivery employees have to unlock a gate on the front of the cage to service the machines. Companies would prefer not to build cages around vending machines. They are expensive, ugly, and a bother, but black students smashed the machines so many times it was cheaper to build a cage than repair the damage. Rumor had it that before the cages went up blacks would turn the machines upside down in the hope that the money would fall out.

Security guards are everywhere in black schools — we had one on every hall. They also sat in on unruly classes and escorted students to the office. They were unarmed, but worked closely with the three city police officers who were constantly on duty.

Rural black schools have to have security too but they are usually safer. One reason is that the absolute numbers are smaller. A mostly-black school of 300 students is safer than a mostly-black school of 2,000. Also, students in rural areas — both black and white — tend to have grown up together and know each other, at least by sight.

There was a lot of drug-dealing at my school. This was a good way to make a fair amount of money but it also gave boys power over girls who wanted drugs. An addicted girl — black or white — became the plaything of anyone who could get her drugs.

One of my students was a notorious drug dealer. Everyone knew it. He was 19 years old and in eleventh grade. Once he got a score of three out of 100 on a test. He had been locked up four times since he was 13, and there he was sitting next to little, white Caroline.

One day, I asked him, “Why do you come to school?”

He wouldn’t answer. He just looked out the window, smiled, and sucked air through his teeth. His friend Yidarius ventured an explanation: “He get dat green and get dem females.”

“What is the green?” I asked. “Money or dope?”

“Both,” said Yidarius with a smile.

A very fat black interrupted from across the room: “We get dat lunch,” Mr. Jackson. “We gotta get dat lunch and brickfuss.” He means the free breakfast and lunch poor students get every day.

“N****, we know’d you be lovin’ brickfuss!” shouts another student.

Some readers may believe that I have drawn a cruel caricature of black students. After all, according to official figures some 85 percent of them graduate. It would be instructive to know how many of those scraped by with barely a C- record. They go from grade to grade and they finally get their diplomas because there is so much pressure on teachers to push them through. It saves money to move them along, the school looks good, and the teachers look good. Many of these children should have been failed, but the system would crack under their weight if they were all held back.

How did my experiences make me feel about blacks? Ultimately, I lost sympathy for them. In so many ways they seem to make their own beds. There they were in an integrationist’s fantasy — in the same classroom with white students, eating the same lunch, using the same bathrooms, listening to the same teachers — and yet the blacks fail while the whites pass.

Crack cocaine.
One tragic outcome among whites who have been teaching for too long is that it can engender something close to hatred. One teacher I knew gave up fast food — not for health reasons but because where he lived most fast-food workers were black. He had enough of blacks on the job. This was an extreme example, but years of frustration can take their toll. Many of my white colleagues with any experience were well on their way to that state of mind.

There is an unutterable secret among teachers: Almost all realize that blacks do not respond to traditional white instruction. Does that put the lie to environmentalism? Not at all. It is what brings about endless, pointless innovation that is supposed to bring blacks up to the white level.

The solution is more diversity — or put more generally, the solution is change. Change is an almost holy word in education, and you can fail a million times as long as you keep changing. That is why liberals keep revamping the curriculum and the way it is taught. For example, teachers are told that blacks need hands-on instruction and more group work. Teachers are told that blacks are more vocal and do not learn through reading and lectures. The implication is that they have certain traits that lend themselves to a different kind of teaching.

Whites have learned a certain way for centuries but it just doesn’t work with blacks. Of course, this implies racial differences but if pressed, most liberal teachers would say different racial learning styles come from some indefinable cultural characteristic unique to blacks. Therefore, schools must change, America must change. But into what? How do you turn quantum physics into hands-on instruction or group work? No one knows, but we must keep changing until we find something that works.

Public school has certainly changed since anyone reading this was a student. I have a friend who teaches elementary school, and she tells me that every week the students get a new diversity lesson, shipped in fresh from some bureaucrat’s office in Washington or the state capital. She showed me the materials for one week: a large poster, about the size of a forty-two inch flat-screen television. It shows an utterly diverse group — I mean diverse: handicapped, Muslim, Jewish, effeminate, poor, rich, brown, slightly brown, yellow, etc. — sitting at a table, smiling gaily, accomplishing some undefined task. The poster comes with a sheet of questions the teacher is supposed to ask. One might be: “These kids sure look different, but they look happy. Can you tell me which one in the picture is an American?”

Some eight-year-old, mired in ignorance, will point to a white child like himself. “That one.”

The teacher reads from the answer, conveniently printed along with the question. “No, Billy, all these children are Americans. They are just as American as you.”

The children get a snack, and the poster goes up on the wall until another one comes a week later. This is what happens at predominately white, middle-class, elementary schools everywhere.

Elementary school teachers love All of the Colors of the Race, by award-winning children’s poet Arnold Adoff. These are some of the lines they read to the children: “Mama is chocolate ... Daddy is vanilla ... Me (sic) is better ... It is a new color. It is a new flavor. For love. Sometimes blackness seems too black for me, and whiteness is too sickly pale; and I wish every one were golden. Remember: long ago before people moved and migrated, and mixed and matched ... there was one people: one color, one race. The colors are flowing from what was before me to what will be after. All the colors.”

Teaching as a career

It may come as a surprise after what I have written, but my experiences have given me a deep appreciation for teaching as a career. It offers a stable, middle-class life but comes with the capacity to make real differences in the lives of children. In our modern, atomized world children often have very little communication with adults — especially, or even, with their parents — so there is potential for a real transaction between pupil and teacher, disciple and master.

A rewarding relationship can grow up between an exceptional, interested student and his teacher. I have stayed in my classroom with a group of students discussing ideas and playing chess until the janitor kicked us out. I was the old gentleman, imparting my history, culture, personal loves and triumphs, defeats and failures to young kinsman. Sometimes I fancied myself Tyrtaeus, the Spartan poet, who counseled the youth to honor and loyalty. I never had this kind intimacy with a black student, and I know of no other white teacher who did.

Teaching can be fun. For a certain kind of person it is exhilarating to map out battles on chalkboards, and teach heroism. It is rewarding to challenge liberal prejudices, to leave my mark on these children, but what I aimed for with my white students I could never achieve with the blacks.

There is a kind of child whose look can melt your heart: some working-class castaway, in and out of foster homes, often abused, who is nevertheless almost an angel. Your heart melts for these children, this refuse of the modern world. Many white students possess a certain innocence; their cheeks still blush.

Try as I might, I could not get the blacks to care one bit about Beethoven or Sherman’s march to the sea, or Tyrtaeus, or Oswald Spengler, or even liberals like John Rawls, or their own history. They cared about nothing I tried to teach them. When this goes on year after year it chokes the soul out of a teacher, destroys his pathos, and sends him guiltily searching for The Bell Curve on the Internet.

Blacks break down the intimacy that can be achieved in the classroom, and leave you convinced that that intimacy is really a form of kinship. Without intending to, they destroy what is most beautiful — whether it be your belief in human equality, your daughter’s innocence, or even the state of the hallway.

Just last year I read on the bathroom stall the words “F**k Whitey.” Not two feet away, on the same stall, was a small swastika. The writing on that wall somehow symbolized the futility of integration. No child should be have to try to learn in such conditions. It was not racists who created those conditions and it wasn’t poverty either; it was ignorant, white liberals. It reminds me of Nietzsche: “I call an animal, a species, an individual corrupt, when it loses its instincts, when it prefers what is injurious to it.”

One often hears from egalitarians that it doesn’t matter what color predominates in a future America so long as we preserve our values, since we are a “proposition nation.” Even if we were prepared to hand over our country to aliens who were going to “preserve our values,” it simply cannot be done with blacks.

The National Council for the Social Studies, the leading authority on social science education in the United States, urges teachers to inculcate such values as equality of opportunity, individual property rights, and a democratic form of government. Even if teachers could inculcate this milquetoast ideology into whites, liberalism is doomed because so many non-whites are not receptive to education of any kind beyond the merest basics. Many of my students were functionally illiterate. It is impossible to get them to care about such abstractions as property rights or democratic citizenship. They do not see much further than the fact that you live in a big house and “we in da pro-jek.” Of course, there are a few loutish whites who will never think past their next meal and a few sensitive blacks for whom anything is possible, but no society takes on the characteristics of its exceptions.

Zimbabweans leaving their own country.
Once I asked my students, “What do you think of the Constitution?”

“It white,” one slouching black rang out. The class began to laugh. And I caught myself laughing along with them, laughing while Pompeii’s volcano simmers, while the barbarians swell around the Palatine, while the country I love, and the job I love, and the community I love become dimmer by the day.

I read a book by an expatriate Rhodesian who visited Zimbabwe not too many years ago. Traveling with a companion, she stopped at a store along the highway. A black man materialized next to her car window. “Job, boss, (I) work good, boss,” he pleaded. “You give job.”

“What happened to your old job?” the expatriate white asked.

The black man replied in the straightforward manner of his race: “We drove out the whites. No more jobs. You give job.”

At some level, my students understand the same thing. One day I asked the bored, black faces staring back at me. “What would happen if all the white people in America disappeared tomorrow?”

“We screwed,” a young, pitch-black boy screamed back. The rest of the blacks laughed.

I have had children tell me to my face as they struggled with an assignment. “I cain’t do dis,” Mr. Jackson. “I black.”

The point is that human beings are not always rational. It is in the black man’s interest to have whites in Zimbabwe but he drives them out and starves. Most whites do not think black Americans could ever do anything so irrational. They see blacks on television smiling, fighting evil whites, embodying white values. But the real black is not on television, and you pull your purse closer when you see him, and you lock the car doors when he swaggers by with his pants hanging down almost to his knees.

For those of you with children, better a smaller house in a white district than a fancy one near a black school. Much better an older car than your most precious jewels cast into a school where they will be a minority.

I have been in parent-teacher conferences that broke my heart: the child pleading with his parents to take him out of school; the parents convinced their child’s fears are groundless. If you love your child, show her you care — not by giving her fancy vacations or a car, but making her innocent years safe and happy. Give her the gift of a white school.

Of course, even the whitest schools are riddled with liberalism. There is only one way to educate your children in a way that does not poison their minds. If at all possible, home school your children. Educate them yourself.

Mr. Jackson now teaches at a majority-white school. This is his first article for American Renaissance.

  • kcrunchone

    @bigginsmarie thanks for the article...I appreciate all I read....

    This is a very powerful and moving article. At times I started to fade out of it but picked up again by the anger that I felt by some of the references. There are a few points in here that I have reiterated to my kids over and over and the most powerful is being able to adapt and over come. In life we must be able to adapt to any an all things be it teaching or just a regular old standard practice. Yet we must be able to adapt because in order to survive we have to deal with all kinds of people that have all kinds of views and many times they have obscured views of blacks as well as their own white or Hispanic, hence the reason we must be able to adapt and over come any and all situations. I sat in a lecture hall with a professor that was black and he constantly made remarks that were delivered with an undertone of white racist theory even though he was black, when I approach and confronted him on his methods of teaching he said it was done to enlighten all not just the blacks in the class and he was doing so to actually awaken something in his black student. This was the UM Euro campus in Germany, he was a black German professor and he had his methods to reaching any and all races, it worked but his general teaching principles were very basic and he stated that if you can not learn from the basics and the simple understanding that your foundation of knowledge must be solid there is not a single subject you will master for your entire educational concepts need solidification and without it what ever you build will only crumble once actually put under any type of pressure. His methods were different, seemed at times insulting when they were not, they were awakening statements meant to tease and intrigue the brain. Needles to say there were only a few student that did what I had done and all of us formed a study group we not only passed but we learned to excel. Anything can be accomplished but true foundations must be solid. In many black impoverished areas where it surely seems where this teacher taught have a very low self esteem and are not worried about the success rate of themselves or their peers. The failure factor has been beaten into them, this article is very good and has many points that is important and that some of our youth should actually be aware of but are just to afraid to try. They are afraid because they do not know the steps to succeed and do not have the proper guidance or encouragement to attempt to get on the right track. teachers are key but parents are foundations. I plan to print this and share it with the kids and my nieces and nephews.



  • evolution

    @biggins thank you very much for this article, I have to save this. At one time I thought that it was only me seeing this kind of behavior amongst African Americans. I’m most disgusted me when I see Black African Americans on television in a professional forum or offering opinions to pundits on primetime shows. They could never keep their mouths shut and let the other person speak, they always interrupting and getting hostile which I find ridicules sometimes. Always trying to talk over people and then when you call them out especially the women they always talking about don’t disrespect me I’m a strong black woman that cliché I’m tired of hearing. I’m not saying that all are the same but they put the worst on TV and in the news media. When I first came here to America I was on a bus going from point A to point B and between there some high school student entered the bus with Adults just enjoying the ride to their destinations, and these damn unruly were loud and very disrespectful that I had to hold my tongue. In this video I have as evidence here is a United States of America senators wife Monica Conyers wife of john Conyers the coolest senator in the senate. Continue watching her interviews and you'll see what I'm talking about, the arrogance of this woman. Some of the videos are disable for embedding so you have to watch them. 


  • BigginsMarie

    Although this article is racist (as the teacher seems to have given up on his students and doesn't take many factors into account that are hindering their performance in school). The basics of a lot of what he says are true and this has to change. My old high school is closing down because of low performance and violence. It was a decent school 15 years ago when I attended but it has been getting worst and worst as years have gone by and now it's going to be terminated.

    I heard kings plaza movie theater in brooklyn has closed down as well as another popular movie theater, all beccause of violence and these rowdy kids. I don't know who they think they are being tough and cool for, but in the end they are the ones that are loosing. Arcades in black neighborhoods have shut down, Movie Theaters, Parks have curfews, clubs and sports activities shut down. These kids are not going to have anywhere where they can hang out and have fun soon because they are all being shut down because of their behavior. Meanwhile their white counterparts have all the movie theaters, parks, arcades, recreational facilities they can ask for, on top of the fact that many of their parents can afford bigger and better vacations, yearly ski trips, camping trips, ext. But in the hood you gotta be scared to send your daughter to a 10.00 movie because in the wrong neighborhood there will be a shoot out for any stupid reason. This has to stop, it's not fair to the good kids and everyone else out there who has to deal with this.
  • mr fix


    I CO-SIGN 100% BRO.

  • Carl

    Much of what the author said can applyto any race of students.  However, we have a lot to do with the youth in our community.  For the New Yorkers, I hope you listened to "Open Line" this morning where they were discussing along the same lines; violence in our community, lack of respect by our youth, etc.  This behavior is not relegated to only Black American youth because the Black kids are getting out of control in the UK, the Caribbean and many other placesand it's a shame!  There seems to be an epidemic of bad behaviors.


    I don't like placing blame because that's shirking responsibility, however, I think part of the problem is that we have become over-regulated by laws, rules, regulations and "white" standards of raising our children.  Sometimes it seems as thhough we're prevented from doing the right thing (corporal punishment) by our children.  Also, another reason the schools are so messed up is because of all the "new fangled" educational programs and methods put out there by white people.  One more thing; Bloomberg, Klein and others have totally ruined the NYC school system because they disn't have aclue on how to run the schools and didn't care to bring qualified people in to do so.

  • BigginsMarie

    Carl- I'm very saddened to hear that this isn't only in America. I figured black kids in the UK had a better life and had to deal with less racism so maybe they were better behaved.
  • Bombahdrop

    Oh Hell Naw!!!! What tha hell is this. This White Woman should be dead walking around with a stomach like that not only is this Gross and disgusting to look at she looks like a Dam Tumor, this is a dam shame, who would photograph this s*** omg.
  • Maureen Satchwell

    Look, I could not read all of this because I do not identify with this. It does not matter if you are white or black, people will act according to their upbringing. Children learn from example. If you live in a home where your family are white and illeterate, you will act that way until you are taught better, same goes for the the black family. You cannot stereotype by just dealing with a particular group of people on such basis. I am a jamaican black woman, and I have met some dumb ass white loud male and female, but I do not think all white people are like that, because I have also met the same type from my black race. Cut the f*** out and stop trying to make it look like all black students are like that. I have two children and they are not rappers, they are normal intelligent human being. This article is just for you to show your racist feelings, because you cannot control your class. I am so fed up of all you white people who are always trying to act like you know how black people are when you have limited relationship with black people. Go teach somewhere else because you are not making a difference in those children lives.
  • BigginsMarie

    I'm sad but I'm happy at the same time because we're talking about these issues...finally. For a long time we couldn't even discuss these issues because other blacks would storm in hear yelling "Why do you hate black people so much?!" like they did to Bill Cosby. We don't hate black people, we LOVE black people. Love blacks so much we'd l;ike to see our peopkle live happier lives without the threat of being shot or attack by some crazy 16 year olds. That our kids can go have fun without worrying if they say the wrong thing or do the wrong thing on the wrong night they are going to get hurt. We need to start living better lives, this out of control way of living is getting us no where. It stresses us out, makes us sick, keeps us in poverty, keeps us from bettering ourselves, keeps us from good/positive relationships because we cannot trust each other and we cannot trust those of other racist so that leaves us to trust no one but GOD (and some people don't even have that).

    In the bible it says one of Gods punishments for us (us as in all people but Isrealities in particular) is that we would have no peace within our own land and our community. The fear of death and attack will be on us 24/7 and we will not be able to trust anyone. It's not until i read those words that I realized that this is how we're living now but that's NOT how it's suppose to be. We can have a life were we can trust each other, trust our children, have good marriages and relationships with each other. But it's going to take a lot of work and sacrifice on our part and the part of our children. But at least we are talking about these things now...that is definitely a step in the right direction.

  • Carl

    @ Biggins Marie.  Thanks for your many comments.  About the UK; the manager had to close down a McDonalds for an hour or so because the young people, Black, were causing such a disturbance by jumping on the tables and acting so disorderly.  I used to travel to there quite a bit and the gun, knife and gang violence is escalating.  On the other hand, the same social problems exist there as we have here.  And perhaps to a greater degree because Britain is full of classism.
  • Bombahdrop

    Speaking from experience, and from my observations over the years on this earth, I agree black people are f****** loud, especially the grade school kids, they are loud everywhere they go, and in almost everything they do, It could be on the bus, the train, walking in the street, the females are rediculous when they see a boy they have to be LOUD as hell just so the boy or boys will notice them meanwhile everyone in the surround area is noticing how much of a desperate fool you are. cant stand that s***, it's annoying, if you got it like that where as you are confident about your image and who you are and what you stand for, you will be noticed So be quiet and be soft spoken, without all that wild behavior. So yeah I agree on that note in this Artical. Another topic that was brought up in this Artical was the part that said this


    "There is only one way to educate your children in a way that does not poison their minds. If at all possible, home school your children. Educate them yourself. "


     I don't believe that is true because all the bull these black kids are acting out is due to the supervision and upbringing at home and in their enviorments. You have some good parents especially single mothers living in the hood trying to raise their kids right with respect and education morals values and then here you have the bad influence families that dont care if they kid learns eat where it sleeps if they home and that kid mixes with the kid that is being taught the right thing and what do you have a corrupt mind that was once good turned bad and its almost inevitable not to come accross illiterate children from broken homes in the hood and then you have those jealous ones that are madd as hell that your family loves your ass and thiers dont care if they come home or not so they try to spoil the good ones. .

  • Annis Babb

    That is quite some article.I can only imagine how difficult it must have been for the teacher.Living and born in Australia I have to say we have no idea of what it is like in what they call the lucky country USA..I think we are far  moe relaxed.What hope do these kids have or rather do they have a future?.Not all blacks are this way.I have lived in the US and met alot of educated prominent Black  men and women.Shame we have to  know it is not all roses for some .I agree that if all the white folks were to leave whatever country there would be no jobs.The banks and everything else are not owned by blacks.
  • Jackie

    Most blacks are not like this at all. If there is no diversity in the area, there is going to be more of that race at the school that live in that area. As for the teacher I bet he never lived around, had to worship with or be with blacks. I bet even when he attended college he had to mingle with blacks. Oh, yeah I bet white girls were dancing nasty, getting drunk, and running after the black guys in sports. And also, white guys if you don't want to date them they say black girls are racist..
  • Cheron Whittaker

  • Jackie

    don't get me wrong. It has to start at home. And there are a lot of parents thant don't want to be involved but the child has to say and want more for their life.
  • kcrunchone

    I will place a thought out there and I know that  I am not wrong but as a race there are those that make us out to be the PIGS of human society.  Mind you this is only my adaptation of a view on our society. I say PIGS because as all of the animals that you may see in life none but the PIG will S*** where he EATS.

    I say this as in reference to what many have already stated, we destroy trains, buses bus stops, parks, theaters, malls, bathrooms, things on our very own block, things in the buildings and homes that we live in. We destroy and damage them in the name of what? We have no justifiable reason that could adequately explain the ignorant destructive motives of the youth ! Thus my reference to PIGS and s******* where we eat.

    We have to first learn to appreciate who we are and what we are as well as what we have not matter how little or how great. We have to learn that life is not about collecting things items and clothing and screwing girls/boys to attain stature. They have no self worth, the really sad part to all of this is that they do not complete understand what self worth is. Their references as to what is acceptable and what is needed to be accepted are delusions. I have to say that there are exceptions to these stereotypically problematic ideologies,  the fact of the matter they are far and few from view and are far and few from being accepted by their peers because they fear success. I will explain why they fear it. As a failure there is nothing to be expected from them, but if you actually succeed or progress in a direction that one may consider successful you are then expected to do more and they are just fulfilled with living things out the way they are. They are satisfied with dropping out, getting pregnant by losers, or getting pregnant and not even knowing who the father of the child is as if multiple partners is a great thing via promiscuity. Guys are satisfied with the woman that will not want much for herself so he does know hat she cant expect much from him. It is a repetitive and destructive nature amongst our youth, but I must say that these behaviors have now become a contagious cancer, contagious in the manner that so many other races have begun to emulate what the ignorant ones are doing ! Remember as in many epidemics no one cared until it began to effect their own race gender etc. This is going to be a topic that will soon be dealt with as it is touching the youth of white America and is being spread GLOBALLY. What once was safe such as the islands have been effected the most but the impact of this destructively learned patterned behavior is spreading like wildfires, it is only a matter of time before the laws will reflect the need for change to deal with this pandemic virus called Non cultured destructive behavior.

  • patti roach

    As Hard to read as that was i so believe it to be true, this is the Generation of kids comming up now not held to any kind of standards and its a shame cause the eduction in this country is free, many other countries dont have this privilage and we allow our chrildren to through it away my cousins grew up in a single parent home and they are all very suscessfull today in society when you deside to have kids its not about what you can buy them its get good grades and then you get rewarded thats how it was in my home and if you wanted some thing my parents thought was to expensive i got a job and payed for half of it, kids today have it way too easy not thought responsibility. and parents need to be just that parent not friend but thats the problem most of these kids are born in to a home without a fighting chance to parents stroung out on drugs and just having kids.  
  • kcrunchone

    I am sorry But i have to say that many of the ones that you see in the street are from good homes and good parent and or parents. The choices that they are making to be followers is what is so destructive but their is spreading to all cultures not just ours.
  • Bombahdrop

    @Jackie ur right I feel the same way "It starts in the House" But like I mentioned before you can raise ur kid right by leading them in positive examples and all that good stuff, but then u have kids that come from households that have been shown nothing but disrespect negative abusive & neglectful examples to alot of these children. Those kids tend to rub off somehow on the ones that is being raised the right way because you can't be around your child 24/7 but you expect them to follow the code that u set fourth in the household when they go to school or anywhere in public that is outside of the household where you are taught how to act or should i say suppose to be taught to act civilized in society . I feel, that is when the child that is being raised right in the hood turn bad if he decides to turn badd is when he goes to those public schools and mingles with the kids that are coming from the wrong upbringing, dysfunctional . You could raise your child not to hit woman or not to fight just walk away and when you go out in the street with your child Your child may see the opposite and see people fighting left and right, men hitting woman, kids at three oclock jumping some other kid. These are events that we as good parents subject nor teach our kids but its in evitable and it happens and as good parents all we can do is talk to them about them that this not proper behavior and not the way I taught you to behave with others and that people will be a******* and we have to deal with that but we do not have to associate with them . Peer pressure is no Joke for the children of todays society No Joke at all.
  • patti roach

    I will agree with you to a point@ Kcrunchone because i have 3 older brothers and when my parents wanted to know who and where you where at all time it was not a choice we had and if we thought you where grown you where put out my younger brother experience that and ended up back home with in weeks lol so parents need to take more of a leadership role intodays youth, you do whatever you have to to save your child.
  • Bombahdrop

    I can only speak about where i grew up  and my surroundings which is black and hispanic communities in N.Y.C the five boroughs and its true this is an international problem but like I said I only observe what my surrounding has been doing over the years when it comes to education respect and things of that matter and as Patti mentioned alot of these parents are crackheads or some kind of drug and alchol users which impairs their ability to have good judgment or  provide the child with his or her needs. and alot do make their kids friends but as soon as that kid cant get what they want they putting guns to thier face or running them over with the car or something f***** up and off the wall because the parents spoiled them and didnt teach them to earn things or that they will get things if they do chores or do good in school or respect thier elders and peers and such. But one things I really hate is these crackhead junkies who keep having babies for no dam reason and they end up in the system and eventually those kids are the ones that give society problems when they get a little older its a sick world out there no education no future for real Parents need to really check theyself
  • Marlon

    As a black person myself, I will agree with this article 100%. while your up bringing plays a role in how you behave, the black, indeed, do behave this way more so than the whites. I know this from experience. I escaped a all black school thanks to my mom not wanting to put me through that, the school, was known to be horrible. Cops on stand by, and metal detectors as you enter the door. I went to a mostly white school instead. The white students were in their class, not roaming the halls after the bell rings. The black however, didn't follow that rule. Sure the some white would do the same but you'd find more blacks doing that even though it was mostly white in the school. They were only interested in sports and not much else, the computer clubs, chess clubs, comic clubs were like 90% whites if not all white. The school started to attract more black students by the time I graduated. They would linger around all the time, some failing the classes and getting left back so many times its embarrassing. I was even offered weed, thanks to my Christian upbringing I refused. Yes, the Whites will smoke cigerrets which I hate, but weed? Come on. The black girls threw themselves at me and when I refused they called me gay. I wouldn't want them if we were the last persons on earth. That school has become more and more black over the years. It now has metal detectors and police and security in the school. Thus wasn't the case when I first started. There is an issue with the black, mainly the American blacks. The rap than comes out over the radios and so on are degenerate and just makes the blacks more and more stupid. Their gramma is horrible and I'm thankful I was born in another country where I learned to speak properly.

    This article is spot on and it just points out what a stigma this really is. But other black take offense to everything so they don't acknowledge there is a problem. And if here isn't a problem, they will not seek to fix it. So, instead of taking offense, take it as criticism and start teachin our children to do the right thing.
  • patti roach

    Amen Marlon.
  • Bombahdrop

    I second that Amen
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  • Kaya Omodele

    This article is a farce. Its not real. Period. It was intended to make a point in the same manner one was written almost twenty years ago by someone claiming that Black gangbangers were assisting the Klan. Wake up.
  • Mervin E Yearwood

    My first educational experience was in a segregated school instructed by black teachers who were just few years removed from teachers college.My teachers commanded respect and compliance we did not speak out of turn and had to wash our hands to use the text books.

       In the early 60's came busing and then my whole world went to pot. The class size double the teachers seen to be more like wardens than educators.I was bus to a district.that was on the Grand Concourse.

     My education took place in the South Bronx this was at the peak of migration of Blacks and immigration of "Hispanics".This was the begin of my African awareness ,many of my neighbors came from Puerto Rico.the music was in Spanish spoke of Shango and many Yoruba deities the people who migrated from the south came with the gift of music and play into the night with our neighbors with the conga drums and guitars .They came to better themselves economically and a good education.From this community spawn the likes of Colin Powell and many others.

      From observation I notice students junior to me was being failed and received poor grades.I learned of a school who had a mission statement that Black and Hispanic learn from different part of the brain .The school was Harlem Prep. the student from this school excelled .I recommended that some of them change to this school,the person that took my advise became successful in the banking industry.

     The school teacher in this article seems to be and admitted that he was in a culture void.He articulated  

    .that he was not properly trained .I'm under the impression that some schools are warehouses  for society to maintain the separation of classes  and to maintain a pool of people that will be all ways marginalized.

      It is time for people" Darker than Blue" to be responsible for the fruit of their loins , proper education is the key to avoid the pit fall of the new world order .We must be responsible for our own!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! 

  • MrVintage

    This is a disgusting article. As far as I am concerned he is just as ignorant as the children he is criticizing. This is the problem with public schools you have judgmental, conservative a-holes in there doing everything else but helping our black children. He has taken up the racist notion that the blackman is inferior. He's a modern day Hitler, who is disguising what he's reallytrying to say. He is really saying that black people are dumb and don't deserve an education. Thereby, preserving the position of the white race in this country. If black people don't have the education then they won't be able to progress and compete for jobs in this country. He is a real jerk. I'm trying to figure something out; does he really believe that he wrote an objective article? I bet you I can go to backwoods Tennessee and find a bunch of unsavory white children that act the same way. He misses the whole point, although he does try to twist it. Poverty, growing up in the projects, and single parent households play a big role in a child's developmental process. These children have major issues going on in their life and learning about mighty whitey is the last thing they want to hear! Tell them how to go about bettering their life and maybe then they will show some interest in culturing themselves. This guy is a total ignoramus! He just writes off the 400 yrs of oppression and acts as if blacks are starting even-keeled with their white counterparts. It's funny how these conservative, hate-mongers dismiss everything that these black children encounter on a daily basis. They don't even care! It's like oh well; You're black you're supposed to grow up in the projects or poor. If the shoe was on the other foot, there would be mass suicide! I really think he is trying to sell the whiteman as the only hope! This article is addressing the white mans fears of losing control of the country! He is trying to drive a wedge between the blacks and mexicans! He is also trying to make the mexicans desire the whitemans governance and ways!!! He is just a true bs artist!!! Mr. Jackson, I grew up in the projects in Brooklyn, NY, and I made it out... I'm educated and paid!!! Mr. Jackson, I see right through you and your propaganda!!! I just want to tell you this... "The jig is up!!!"
  • evolution

    Instead of micro analyzing the article try to learn form it, rather it’s fake or not. Nothing in this article is far from the truth, and yes the gangbangers were helping the Klan. The Klan don’t have to lynch blacks anymore because they doing it themselves, so what was written twenty years ago as a farce is actually true just that the writer was way ahead of you.