Sunday, February 19, 2006

I've found a new white wing lie. Here's a comment from this post on the Olympic hero Shani Davis:

This thread reminds me of something I heard at Home Depot.

I was in the paint department and heard a young black employee telling a white employee what had happened to him earlier in the day. A couple black guys he knew confronted him at work and berated him for having a regular job. That's similar to what happens to some black high school students when they do well in school - they are berated for "acting white." I've heard that some good black students even hide the fact that they are getting good grades because otherwise they would be harrassed.

I don't know what the solution to all this is and, because I am white, I don't pretend to understand it completely. But it looks to me as though social pressure from some blacks is preventing other blacks from reaching their full potential.

As long as people are acting in a responsible manner, they should not be harrassed by others.

So we see the 'acting white' (i.e. black kids are too lazy to achieve in school) lie has mutated. Now us black people are so lazy we don't want to have jobs. That's pretty *convenient*,eh? The lie about the schools is debunked here, and I'm going to post the full article in case they put it behind a wall later:

When Bill Cosby spoke out publicly in May against dysfunction and irresponsibility in black families, he identified one pervasive symptom: ''boys attacking other boys because the boys are studying and they say, 'You're acting white.''' This idea isn't new; it was first proposed formally in the mid-80's by John Ogbu, a Nigerian professor of anthropology at the University of California at Berkeley, and it has since become almost a truism: when smart black kids try hard and do well, they are picked on by their less successful peers for ''acting white.''

The only problem with this theory, according to a research paper released in October, is that for the most part, it isn't true. Karolyn Tyson, a sociologist at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and William Darity Jr., an economist at Duke and U.N.C., coordinated an 18-month ethnographic study at 11 schools in North Carolina. What they found was that black students basically have the same attitudes about achievement as their white counterparts do: they want to succeed, understand that doing well in school has important consequences in later life and feel better about themselves the better they do.

So where does the idea of the burden of ''acting white'' come from? One explanation the authors offer will make sense to anyone who has ever seen a John Hughes movie: there's an ''oppositional peer culture'' in every high school -- the stoners and the jocks making fun of the nerds and the student-government types. When white burnouts give wedgies to white A students, the authors argue, it is seen as inevitable, but when the same dynamic is observed among black students, it is pathologized as a racial neurosis.

More insidiously, the authors say, the idea that failing black kids pull down successful black kids can be used as an excuse by administrators to conceal or justify discrimination in the public-education system. The one school where the researchers did find anxiety about ''acting white'' was the one in which black students were drastically underrepresented in the gifted-and-talented classes. And significantly, at this particular school, the notion of the burden of ''acting white'' was most pervasive not among the black students interviewed by the researchers, but among their teachers and administrators, who told researchers that blacks are ''averse to success'' and ''don't place a high value on education.''

Note, I'm less likely to believe stuff like this because I was teased by blacks, whites, and maybe the occasional Asian for being a nerd. This sort of mutation of the untrue and cruel lies about black people is why I say you can not ignore them. If they are undebunked, they spread like a cancer.

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