I think the conversation needs to be a complete change. To build up the confidence of inner-city/poor black people that they are not victims and they can make anything out of themselves. If one believes that the system is rigged and they are a victim, then they will continue to be victims. I went to school in an "F" school, inner city, 50% black, 40% Hispanic, and 10% poor, white Skeeters. Most of my classmates are probably in jail. By 7th grade, they were dropping out.
But, my family didn't tell me I was going to be at the low end. I was told every day that I was going to do something. My parents were there to make sure I did my homework, even if they didn't understand it. I think black families are broken, especially inner-city. Fatherless families. It starts with the family unit as well as society giving them the tools to win. But, most of all, it starts with their own belief that they are good. And, that has to start when they are 2 years old. It is for this reason, that I am 100% behind early childhood education.
Here's something really racist I am going to admit.. I cling to that black people inside the JWs (and black ex-JWs) are smart, well read and respectable people. They are not the low white-trash of some of the anglo-saxon JWs. I see a child molestor, it's a white JW. I probably would have continued alot longer in an all black JW congregation. I really like black JWs and black ex-JWs. And, I know black professionals and they are great people who worked hard (like me) to get out of the inner-city. But, I put on a pedastal the black JWs. Well, they are brainwashed by the religion, but they are great people.
But, I also know the black gangs, drug issues. Folks, I get an opportunity to volunteer in criminal court. And, I volunteer at the schools. There are some really trashy black people. And, the violent gangs attacking innocent Hispanics. It doesn't help me want to keep my car doors unlocked when I go into certain neighborhoods. And, there are really trashy white people. I just locked my door at the shrimp market down at the local docks, when a WHITE couple obviously high on meth were sitting at a picnic table near me. White can also be welfare queens, faking disability claims, heroin/drugs, living off the 'system. And, trashy people bring about more heartache in the next generation becuase they are not teaching that they can 'move up.'
I know a retired public school teacher, great friends with her. She taught in inner-city Ohio. She admittd to me that each year she gave all kids in her middle school math class two weeks. She then "wrote a majority off" and focused on the few who were interested in learning. The parents were not interested in helping the kids learn, except for a few. Homework never happened wtih these kids. After 7th, 8th, and 9th grade, this group of kids would drop out. She claims she was really good at predicting who would leave school. That was her honesty.