Retire the Myth: Black Men, Jail and College

Show Me the Numbers: More on the falsehood and how it’s caused a missed opportunity to solve real issues.

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Raising Expectations

“This has negative effects on both ends, as teachers formulate stereotypes about black male students, and these students fight less to battle those stereotypes. The result is the academic failure of black male students who feel as though the school system failed them long before they gave up on the system.” –White female teacher, New York City

I remember showing the film Bring Your ‘A’ Game to a group of black male high school students in Harrisburg, Pa. In the movie, narrator Mario Van Peebles emphatically states, “There are more black men in prison than in college — that’s a fact!”

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