Black TV Watch: Race-Based Education Goals

Tia talks about leaving The Game. Plus: Guests discuss Florida's student-achievement goals with T.J. Holmes.

Dont Sleep! Hosted by T.J. Holmes (Monday-Thursday, 11 p.m. ET; BET)

“It makes sense if you’re talking about the equitable distribution of resources. What you have here is a faulty solution to a bigger problem.” –Erica Williams

“Sleep in. No one’s expecting much of you, students down there.” –T.J. Holmes

“Politicians only care about losing their jobs. And if they know you’re not going to show up anyway, they’re not that inclined to feel or listen to you.” –D.L. Hughley

Highlight: On Tuesday night’s episode, Holmes discusses how Florida is the newest state to pass race-based education standards. By 2018 the state hopes to have 90 percent of Asian students, 88 percent of white students and 74 percent of black students reading at grade level. The plan has been passed with the disclaimer that since these children are starting from different places, they should have different goals.

Boy, did this spark a discussion among the night’s guests: singer Eric Benet, political analyst Erica Williams and Florida state Sen. Oscar Braynon II. The panel agreed that holding students to standards that they won’t experience in the real world isn’t doing them any favors.

D.L. Hughley closed out the night with a discussion about why young black men need to vote — basically because their collective needs won’t get any attention if they don’t. OK, T.J., we’re not going to sleep — there’s too much work to do.

Celeste Little is an editorial intern at The Root.

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