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Fred Reed, an irascible son of a b*tch if there ever was one, penned a brilliant column demonstrating this simple fact. When America can be redefined on a dry erase (always remember the equation puts the white population far into the negative) at a moments whim, you know the equator has more permanence. [Cuddling with Disaster: The Chinese Won't, Though, Fred On Everything, 3-28-14]:
But in today’s political clime in America, we actually enshrine incapacity as authentic or democratic or of the people or whatever. We dumb down everything for the emotional benefit of the incapable. The whole thrust in America seems to be to lower standards and punish competence and intelligence. And anyone who notices who has them.I'd say Fred Reed gets it.
A recent story on black students in the Youngstown Public School System writing essays on why they don't want to end up in jail unearthed a hilarious story from the same destitute city.
It seems to be the perfect companion to Mr. Reed's insightful column. Detailing the story of "hundreds of medals were given to 550 academic achievers in the Youngstown City Schools Beeghly Center on Sunday," the story actually delineates the collapse of civilization and standards in a city hemorrhaging its white population.[Students celebrate academic triumphs at Olympiad, The Vindicator (Vindy.com), 6-23-2011]:
Shyanne Green proudly wore a gold medal around her neck as she sat with other Wilson Middle School students wearing silver and bronze medals at the Beeghly Center at Youngstown State University.
Shyanne and her fellow classmates did not receive the medals for athletic ability but instead were honored for achievement in the classroom. The students were honored Sunday at the Youngstown Community Fourth Annual Academic Achievement Olympiad. The ceremony is a combined effort between Youngstown City Schools and the FAMILY Empowerment Student Achievement Institute.
Gold medals were handed out to students in the district maintaining an “A” average, while those maintaining a “B” average received silver medals, and bronze medals were given to those with a “C” average. More than 550 students in the district received one of the medals.
Shyanne was the only student from Wilson Middle School to be honored with the gold medal. She said she has always maintained an A/B average in school but buckled down this year and worked to earn perfect marks.
“I really think this is a good thing. I just try to study hard and do my best,” she said.
Syesha Shaw, a Wilson student who received the bronze award, said maintaining a good grade-point average requires sacrifice. The 13-year-old middle school student said she has cut back on texting, Facebook and Internet play to devote more time to her studies.
Carole McWilson, Cofounder of the FAMILY Empowerment Student Achievement Institute and event organizer, said the idea is to encourage students like Shaw to continue making the necessary sacrifices to achieve academic excellence. She said the encouragement must come from the entire community.
Wilson Middle School sounds like a horrific place, where the future of America is on full display. At 66 percent black, 17 percent Hispanic and only 10 percent white, Shyanne's academic performance was prolific enough to help earn that coveted gold medal....“Our focus is to look to the positive. We are about developing a successful home, school, and community partnership. The district, parents or school cannot do it alone. It has to be a collective effort among all those groups,” said McWilson.
You might be able to find America on a map, but like the equator, it doesn't really exist.
What exists is the lingering, haunting memory of something called "America" white people long ago (and long dead) fought for and sacrificed to create; in their absence, there is no America.
Just something eerily similar to the concept of the equator.
Those whites still living in the landmass labeled America carry the burden of civilization, still capable of maintaining levels of achievement far beyond the capacity of... black people (and, those colonizers from Mexico).
The blight and degrading housing quality (and absence of entrepreneurial spirit and social capital) in formerly all-white now close to majority black Youngstown, Ohio is a reminder of what happens when celebrating a "C" average becomes the new norm...