A few years back, I was walking down 16th Street in Philly with Tracy when I nudged her to walk with me to my old elementary school on Lombard Street. It was still there, looking all austere and gray-brown like any proper century-old Philadelphia public school building. It seemed much smaller now that I was grown. But that’s Read More
On a recent two-part story on This American Life, Nikole Hannah-Jones of The New York Times Magazine went to Normandy High School — the struggling St. Louis County school from which Michael Brown graduated just weeks before he was killed last year in Ferguson. Normandy is the lowest-ranked high school in Missouri and nearly entirely Read More
Yes, HBCUs can do a better job of alumni outreach and customer service for their students. But that alone isn’t going to ameliorate the problems of history.
A lot of Jason Whitlock’s writing has a similar tic: even when he’s in the vicinity of right about some idea, he torpedoes that argument by turning it into a critique of the putative cultural deficiencies of Negroes. Take this essay, in which he looks at the financial troubles besetting Grambling State’s storied football program and Read More
In the Detroit of my youth, we were raised with values — values the lawyers and judges and City Council members who visited my schools would have approved — but they were too caught up in their own snobbish assumptions about people like us to imagine it.
The Windy City tries to resuscitate the poor, black neighborhoods left vacant by the housing crisis — but at what cost? Before they rose to prominence in Canada’s largest city, the Ford family — which includes embattled Mayor Rob Ford — was deeply immersed in the illegal drug scene, according to an investigation by the Globe and Read More
Funny lede in Adam‘s story on arguments yesterday in the Supreme Court’s big affirmative action case: Three white lawyers argued before a mostly white Supreme Court on Wednesday about whether the University of Texas-Austin’s admissions process—designed to diversify its student body—discriminated against a white applicant. Besides the Court being almost entirely white, Adam notes that Read More
As you probably know, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments this m buy levitra orning in a closely watched affirmative action case that could have epic consequences for the way colleges and universities consider race in admissions. The state of Texas attempted to diversify its student body in a race-neutral way that could survive a Read More
A foundational belief at the Harlem Children’s Zone is that erasing the achievement gap between black and white kids requires a comprehensive, resource-intensive approach. The idea is that middle-class white kids don’t just have better schools, but the kind of home lives that lend themselves to better school performance. HCZ is essentially trying to fill in Read More
It’s a little bananas over here in the completely conceptual PB offices, but there will be some proper posting going on tomorrow. Pinky promise. Until then, some links for your perusal: Obama announces a drawdown to the war in Afghanistan, beginning with bringing 33,000 troops home this summer. Jose Antonio Vargas, a Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, Read More