Changing The Image of Black Men
The Ferguson Missouri situation is a great opportunity for African Americans to begin changing the image of Black men and boys. Currently there are too many Black men, Black male teens, and black boys who underachieve in school, and in life. The high school dropout rate, unemployment rate, and the incarceration rate, all bear whiteness to this underachievement. The root cause of too many African American underachieving is racism, racial discrimination, and generational ignorance.
Racism and bigotry toward to Black men and boys is not going away anything soon. However, a concerted effort, and a marshalling of resources that will ensure all low income African American boys are successful in school should be transformational. In a perfect world Black men, teens, and boys could wear any type of clothing they want, and look anyway they want to look. That world ain't the Unite States of America. In spite a America's racism and bigotry we African Americans need to raised all of our Black Boys to be successful in school, and in life. The real or perceived image of lower income, less educated Black men has to change.
It is easy to rail against racist police but our focus should be on raising Black men and developing a politically and economically sound African American community that any racist instruction would fear.