It is on and poppin’ at Howard University. Share your thoughts.
What we do without long Negro introductions?
First question: Does race matter as it did for Du Bois at the beginning of the 20th century? Hillary-strong. Obama-weak. Couples personal responsibility with institutional racism. Richardson looks uncomfortable talking about race. Dodd-surpisingly strong. Biden-strong. Gravel and Kucinich hearts in the right place.
Now the journalists get a crack.
Dewayne Wickham questions Biden. What do you attribute the inequity between the unemployment rate of black high school grads and white high school dropouts? Biden starts rambling and unfocused. Richardson-higher teacher salaries, at risk programs and parental involvement, full day kindergarten and pre-k programs and college education.
Edwards-No one single cause of poverty. When young brothas surrounded by poverty and hoplessness its reinforcing. Work needs to pay for young men-raise min wage, right to organize.
Obama- early childhood education is key. Parents and counselors needed. $ left behind for No Child Left Behind. The reason we have consistently had underperformance from our children is because we haven’t had a president take ownership and recognition of all children.
Kucinich-need to see connection between war and education. need to cut 15%.
Gravel-people on this stage are all guilty for not placing enough emphasis on education rather than war.
Michel Martin’s question-69% of African American teens are HIV positive, what is the plan?
Richardson-rambles. Edwards has facts together and has visited treatment center. 1, find a cure. 2. Fully fund Ryan White AIDS program, 3. Fully fund HIV/AIDS drug treatment.
I may remove all this stream of consciousness stuff later on, but for now I will leave it. A lot of time was wasted intially with the long and unnecessary Negro introductions and perorations about their importance. Did anybody mention reparations?