Black Lives Matter

“Black Lives Matter” is something that I can say that most likely everyone has either seen or heard once already. Some may say that “All Lives Matter” as an argument, but they are missing the key point in this statement. Yes, everyone’s life is important, but right now we are focusing on the lives that are in jeopordy. While there are many incidents in the media limelight that includes Black Lives Matters as their headlines or Twitter hashtags, this statement is meant to educate society on the issues and educational gaps between different races. Not only does this statement focus on racial profiling, police brutality or injustice, it also includes the educational gap that is strong between young Black male students and white students. I’m not one to compare rates constantly between two race groups but the statistics are saddening for anyone to read. Just to use Florida as an example, Black males have a national graduation estimate of 55.9% compared to Latino males of 63.9% and white males of 68.8%. Even our state is not considered a “state of emergency” but the gap is significant between other races. The question is what are the key factors when considering the gap between the Black students and students of any other race? While some people blame the gap on the students or the parents, we still should take a look at the expectations and influence on these particular students. The media constantly portrays Black males in a negative light, even in movies and songs are Black males portrayed as “thugs” or a threat to society. Of course the news can only report the news, and we cannot expect anything more or less but where are the positive educational advances of the African-American male group? Where can these young men and mature men find a tutor or a role model? Personally, I know that there are still resources and information out there for these students to get help. The problem may be that we cannot get to the young children who are unable to find help on their own. Education starts as young as a parent can instill it in their child. Maybe what these young men and children need is a program that is for them and also includes training their parents. There are many programs for young men that parents should be notified about and expanding their knowledge on. As a community, we should be taking the time together to gather as much information for these young men as possible to close the gap. The educational gap is not just the problem for these young men, but it is a national problem.

Sources:

http://blackboysreport.org/national-summary/state-graduation-data/