Mr. Norman is a good man. But unfortunately for the past several years, most so-called local black leaders (clergy, politicians, activists and the likes) haven't been willing to address the "black poverty issue," from a grassroots and cultural perspective. Black history has taught many inquirers that black leadership is most effective when it speaks specifically to an issue and offers spiritual (not religious) and cultural solutions. For some, it appears that many nonprofit organizations, city and county government officials have decided to make poverty the current trending social issue of this era; and in many cases they make it sound as though poverty is a new issue. It come across as a, we must maintain the status quo at all costs.
The most important change that local blacks living in poverty need, is a change in their hearts and minds and that demands ongoing introspection and a willingness to change from the inside out.
Most white teachers are arrogant and come across as snakes in the grass that assume that they know what's best for black children far beyond the classroom but would never send their own children to the very district that pays them a fair salary bi-weekly. Most rely on their "union" to protect them and give them a platform to display their arrogance... Most black parents and black employees that work in the RSCD are kidding themselves if they actually believe that most white teachers in the RCSD are emotionally balanced and culturally competent enough to offer black children the core essentials that they need (self-knowledge and racial pride) to compete spiritually and intellectually on the international stage of life. White arrogance and black ignorance, another episode of unnecessary confusion in Rochester, NY.
Now that the political aspect of this "particular version" has been settled, parents of children in the RCSD (especially black parents) must strengthen their efforts in sending their children to school prepared to be students. There is no magic pill and no political appointment is going to fix the mess. The vital missing elements are parent engagement (extended family members included) and authentic community leadership.
Nothing changes until the cultural crisis is redressed and parents and so-called black community leaders are held accountable for allowing failure to be a normality in the so-called black community.
Poverty Pimps Paradise! Magnification of decades of black leadership failure...
Much easier to be a politician than a community leader. Politicians manage words on paper. Community leaders aspires to change the hearts and minds of the people.
This virus has been allowed to fester for years in this city. Nothing new here, just more rhetoric, political posturing, and egocentric foolishness. The response by the RCSD officials are political and bares no solutions. Vargas, Evans, and White are a part of the problem.
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