« on: November 11, 2004, 05:26:12 PM »
Disadvantaged black children do exist in a culture where academinc success is equated with being "white". I went to school with these people for years and I have seen it firsthand.
I think a strong arguement can be made that the basis for this cultural phenonenon can be found in developomental issues.
Young children require signigicant amounts of stimulation for their brains to develop properly. Poor parents (white and black) often lack the time, economic resources, and experience to provide this stimulation. If you were not read to as a child, for example, chances are that you will not read to your own children. If you work two jobs it may be easier to sit the kid in front of the t.v. rather than interact with him.
There is a limited time for these connections in the brain to be made. By the time a child reaches kindergarten it is too late. As a result the child will be at a permanent disadvantage to those that did recieve proper stimulation.
Blacks, who as a group are much poorer than whites, are much more likely to enter school unable to compete with their white peers who have been stimulated as infants. Terrified of being singled out as being stupid, blacks equate academic success with the people they percieve to be the cause of their economic hardship.