The new racism being practiced in this country is not at the hands of white bigots, but rather at the hands of a liberal education system. In another thread, I posted this link to a story about a teacher being suspended for having the audacity to tell the truth about what was going on at his school. Don't go skeptical on me yet, this isn't the racism I am referring to. The African American community went from out and out condemnation of Phelps to becoming galvanized behind him, inspite of the stance of "black leadership" on the issue. There is a link to Phelps' email letter that started the furor on that page as well. There has to be more to this than black kids acting badly and someone having the nerve to point it out. Lo and behold, as I was driving home last night and clicking through radio stations, I happened upon a talk show that was working this story and what happened next floored me. An education student from Cal State Fullerton faxed in a chapter from one of her text books, Sensitizing Teachers to Cultural Differences, by Evelyn Baker Dandy of Armstrong College in Georgia. Mrs. Dandy is an African American woman who may be largely responsible for screwing millions of kids out of an education and assuring that our schools have adequately prepared a large number of young black men for prison. While I cannot find any appreciable excerpts from the book to quote, I will paraphrase as best I can the content of what was recited. Mrs. Dandy is of the opinion that the behavior of young black males with respect to verbal abuse and physical intimidation of teachers is a rite of passage in the black culture and is to be appreciated as such by teachers and not to be disciplined. Her book goes on to suggest that when these episodes take place, that classroom teaching activities be stopped so that the whole class can appreciate the activity. Her presupposition that black males are somehow unaccountable for these actions is perhaps one of the most dangerous pieces of racism to have found its way into print in probably the last 100 years. The underlying premise is that black males are not capable of following a universal standard of behavior and decorum in a classroom environment. As bad as this is, her paradigm is being followed in over 50 Urban School systems by administrators and it is what education majors at many of the country's universities are being taught...and that's the dirty little secret. Obviously, taking that kind of behavior into a work environment gets one quickly shown the door. If this behavior is being reinforced in young black males in our schools, it is no wonder that they are disproportionately populating our prisons. I believe somewhere in the neighborhood of 70% of African American births are out of wedlock. If there is little or no parenting in the home, then the street culture of the ghetto carries forward. If there is no discipline in many of these homes, and teachers are not allowed to provide it, a whole subset of our society is set up to fail. To quote from the second link above: The short term positive in the Pasadena situation is that Mr. Phelps was reinstated. It is way past time to take back the schools from the touchy feely Culturally Sensitive agenda and instill the classroom with a Culture of Education, in the strict analytical European style of education where students learned about the Arts and Sciences and where they learned about the consequences of disrespect and misbehavior. Now that the dirty little secret is out, and at least some of the African American community sees it for what it is and are showing inclination to take their voices back from the likes of Jackson and Sharpton, this may yet turn into something that can galvanize us across race lines and gel into a common sense that is universally accepted. I sure hope the dirty little secret finds its way out of Los Angeles and into the mainstream.