The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement

The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement

by Frank Simpkins

ISBN: 9781434973672

Publisher Rosedog Pr

Published in Nonfiction/Politics, Nonfiction/Social Sciences

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The Unfinished Business of the Civil Rights Movement: Failure of America's Public Schools to Properly Educate its African American Student Populations vividly describes the current crisis of America's inability to properly educate its African American students. Many of the details and cited statistics indicate alarming illiteracy rates and high dropout rates for disadvantaged Black and Latino students across the country. These rates stand in sharp contrast to those of their White peers and the Black/White academic achievement gap continues to widen.

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Chapter 6:Implosion within the Black Family and Community*  The Black community in America is in an accelerated path toward self-destruction, a state of imploding or deterioration beyond crisis. Currently, Black babies (fetuses) are aborted in this country at a daily rate of over 1400.. Although African Americans represent only slightly over 13% of America's population, they account for 37% of the abortions performed in this country..The abortion rate of African American women that get pregnant is 3 out of 5; three out of 5 Black women, who get pregnant, will abort their babies!! More Blacks are dying than are born..The Black community is an endangered species; they are becoming scarce under severe adverse environmental conditions..African American males represent 6% of America's population, while representing 35% of the special education children and nearly 50% of the jail and prison inmates..A great percentage of those Black non-mainstream students, which represent over 50% of our inner-city school populations, are functionally illiterate, functioning at a peak of 4.9 grade level achievement rate in reading and writing..Traditionally, in this country education has been the means or pathway for upward mobility for African Americans..That no longer holds true for a great deal of the Black community.The Black family is indeed, in a destructive mode.. One out of every three Black males ages 18 to 29 are in penal institutions..Currently, the Black community has an adult illiteracy rate of over 44%..Black marriages and Black male-female relationships are in crisis..The rates  of marriage in the Black community have declined drastically, while rates of divorce, separation, cohabitation, and out-of -wedlock births have conversely increased. Children residing in single, female-headed households are currently estimated at over 70%..Sixty percent of all children in the Black community are fatherless and without a Black male role model in the home..The failure of our public school system to adequately address and substantially reduce the academic achievement gap  between Black non-mainstream and their White and Asian counter-parts is deplorable..This is due, to a graet degree, to the educational system's  inability to effectively bridge the cultural difference which exists between Black non-mainstream and White mainstream culture.. Our under-educated, Black, inner-city non-mainstream disadvantaged student population must effectively learn to read and comprehend Standard American English (SAE) to successfully compete, not only in America's economy, but globally as well..We must begin to view and further research language programs developed for African American speakers of  African American Vernacular English (AAVE) or Ebonics by Black and other concerned social scientists to effectively bridge from AAVE to SAE.. If you don't read, you don't know, and will never find out!

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