A super selective public high school in New York handed out acceptance letters to 895 kids like how Oprah was handing out cars to her audience members back in 2004.
Out of that group of almost 900 kids, seven were Black.
Specialized high school offers came out today.
Just seven black students got into Stuyvesant this year out of 895 offers.
— Alex Zimmerman (@AGZimmerman) March 18, 2019
Twitter was shocked and appalled despite the fact that acceptance of Black students there and at a few other highly sought after schools in New York had been on the decline.
But there were, of course, those people who had the audacity to say, “Well, those kids had to test in,” and, “The majority of the student body is Asian…their families put education first”—sending the message that racial bias is a non-factor in education, Black students aren’t smart enough to pass these entrance exams and Black families don’t put education first.
The students at Stuyvesant tend to come from immigrant backgrounds. They are not the children of the wealthy. They are the products of families that put education first. Good for them. https://t.co/smsA20jHvJ
— Bret Stephens (@BretStephensNYT) March 19, 2019
Y’all, I am too tired.
Tired of people overlooking the disparities faced by Black and Brown students, ignoring the roles of White privilege and racial bias in education and making excuses for an overall piss-poor system.
When they tell you "public" don't get to pick their students, just laugh and keep it moving. They are lying and they know it.
Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.’s Most Selective High School, Out of 895 Spots https://t.co/7GzGCMNx8J
— Citizen Stewart (@citizenstewart) March 19, 2019
At this point, I don’t have anymore faith in this janky institution that’s been designed to fail our kids.
We can't wait. The fact that we keep paying into and trusting a system that doesn't support or believe in the success of our kids is ridiculous. And if we don't create our own options, our kids will continue to face this treatment. https://t.co/vMKNcjYtJd
— Sis. Peeples Servin' Real Talk 🗣️🙌🏾 (@PeeplesChoice85) March 19, 2019
Matter of fact, y’all can just give us our education reparations and we can do our own thing. This system at least owes us that.
This is why the conversation about reparations is bigger than a check, it’s also about how society has created institutions that skill block black ppl from pathways to success-> Only 7 Black Students Got Into N.Y.’s Most Selective HS, Out of 895 Spots https://t.co/tqFXSC3NtY
— Jamira Burley (@JamiraBurley) March 19, 2019
I mean, Black and Brown school districts are underfunded by $23 billion, there’s constant opposition to affirmative action and reform in combating White privilege and disingenuous/failed attempts at real school integration.
Schools have let racist educators and staffers get their hands on our kids. Like this former Hamden Public Schools employee who clearly has no problem calling Black people the “N-word.”
TWITTER! I'm gonna need y'all to do y'all thing! This woman is at a ShopRite in EAST HAVEN, Connecticut, spitting at and throwing racial slurs at a black family! Her name is Corrine Terrone, and she works in the Main office of Hamden High School! 🤮 pic.twitter.com/qG36E4mFFd
— HeirtoMozell🎨🤤 (@ddanaa37) March 16, 2019
If I read between all of those lines, it says that y’all don’t want us in this system.
So, like Chuck E. says in his tweet, we’ll just have to fund and open our own schools.
We have to start and fund our own institutions. No one is going to cater to you like you will cater to you. A lot of ethnicities have their own schools.
— Chuck E (@chuckfla21) March 19, 2019
You may be thinking, “Tanesha, you’re crazy,” but it’s entirely possible.
Let’s not forget that Historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs) were born because White people didn’t want Black people attending their schools. Sound familiar?
When we weren't allowed to be educated, we created our own schools.
The Freedom Schools of the 1960s were first developed by the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC) during the 1964 Freedom Summer in Mississippi. #bhfacts
— Sis. Peeples Servin' Real Talk 🗣️🙌🏾 (@PeeplesChoice85) February 3, 2018
Marva Collins started her school, the Westside Preparatory School, on the second floor of her home and it ultimately grew into an entire building on Chicago’s West Side. And the Marva Collins Method of teaching is still used worldwide by educators.
Marva Collins, Her Method, and Her ‘Philosophy for Living’ – The Objective Standard https://t.co/7GXaCBeee6
— Dr. Alexis C Swanson (@achswan) March 11, 2019
More and more Black parents have abandoned traditional public schools to homeschool their children and others.
And the National Charter Collaborative has identified 400 plus single site schools led by people of color. Dr. Howard Fuller’s Milwaukee Collegiate Academy is one of them
I’m not an educator or a policymaker. I’m just an activist and organizer who wants better for our kids and believes in the power of our communities. We all have to believe in that power because there’s no way we can expect a fair shake from this system as is.
We have the ability and the resources to give our kids a quality and rich education—the urgency in tapping into that is real.
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