Mike Brown, the 18-year-old black male who assaulted a police officer in 67 percent black Ferguson, was - once - the living embodiment as to why Barack Obama's hundred+ million "My Brother's Keeper" program was started.
|The reason the Ferguson Police Department has 50 out of 53 officers being white is because of the dramatic racial change the city has undergone in 20 years. From 73 percent white in 1990 to 28 percent white today.|
His death is not "heartbreaking," unlike how the President of the United States described the events leading to his life being extinguished.
What is "heartbreaking is the deleterious effects an almost entirely black population had upon the quality of life in Ferguson, specifically Normandy High School.
Out of 1190 students, the school is 97 percent black.
And, thanks to the individual contributions of black people like the late Michael Brown, it's one of the most dangerous high schools in all of St. Louis. [Normandy High: The most dangerous school in the area, St. Louis Post Dispatch, 5-5-13]:
Daija’h Jackson is among the hundreds of Normandy High School students who arrive each morning ready to learn.
But this requires strategy in a place where fights can erupt multiple times a day, where students target one another for living on the wrong street.
On March 5, Daija’h, 15, was worried.
A girl from her block had threatened to attack her in the cafeteria. Facebook taunts were escalating. Daija’h took refuge during lunch in the classroom of an English teacher in East Hall at Normandy High School.
When the lunch period was over, she walked into the hallway and found herself face to face with several girls, including the one making threats. One tore off Daija’h’s backpack and pushed her against the wall. Daija’h panicked and grabbed her pepper spray. She inadvertently sprayed the English teacher.
Normandy High School (considered the most dangerous in all of St. Louis) is 97 percent black. Mike Brown graduated from there...
“She was trying to break it up,” Daija’h said later. “It’s not a safe environment.”
At Normandy High, hallways have become places where neighborhood problems come to a head, where threats made on Facebook and Twitter are carried out.
As the Normandy School District struggles to improve its academics, it’s also struggling with a culture of violence that erupts almost daily at the high school.
It’s a common challenge at many urban schools. But even those with circumstances similar to Normandy’s have demonstrated greater success in stemming assaults and disruptions through prevention efforts, security and targeted discipline.
Normandy stands apart not only for its sheer number of fights, but for a dramatic spike in serious discipline incidents — which have nearly doubled since 2009, according to district figures reported to the state.
The increase coincides with a period of crisis in which the state has stripped the district of accreditation, citing poor leadership, dismal academics and other problems. Earlier this year, the district’s superintendent announced he would leave at the end of the school year.
When asked about the violence at his school, Principal Calvin Nicholas chose his words carefully.
“We don’t have a problem with the kids,” Nicholas said, sitting behind his desk. He pointed out that after two years leading the school, he would not be returning this fall. He declined to answer questions about what needed to be done to improve safety, and whether he had adequate central office support to crack down on behavior. The problems at the high school are “adult problems,” he said.
In 2012, the school reported 285 discipline incidents — such as assaults, drugs and weapons — that resulted in out-of-school suspension, a rate of more than one for every four students, the highest among high schools in the region.
State reports on discipline incidents tend to represent only a fraction of what happens in schools, because districts vary in what they tell the state.
Nevertheless, only one other high school in a Missouri school district — Kansas City’s Central Academy of Academic Excellence — was found to have reported a higher rate of incidents in 2012.
In March, two sociology professors at the University of Missouri-St. Louis notified Normandy High parents of their study exploring the causes and consequences of violence at the school “in hopes of lessening its negative effects,” the letter to parents states.
Wellston Police Chief G. Thomas Walker said violence at the high school had been a problem for years. Students at Normandy come from 24 municipalities, some with longstanding rivalries. Social networking websites and the prevalence of cellphones have made the problem more difficult to control, he said.
“We respond to more fights on campus than off campus,” Walker said. “It takes very little to irritate these kids and cause them to take physical action.”
Teachers describe an environment that is equally challenging.
“Teaching is very difficult,” said Dawn Baldesi, the English teacher who was pepper-sprayed. “Teachers get cussed out, yelled out. There are so many write-ups you can’t keep up.”
Other teachers, who asked that their names not be used, say group fights at the school have left students with broken noses and asthma attacks. But a few cases have been more serious.
Some parents say it’s maddening to wonder each day whether their child is safe. As a result, a few parents have claimed residency elsewhere, even moved out of state, to transfer their children to other schools.
Enrollment has dropped — either from transfers or dropouts — to 805 students, from a reported 1,025 in September, according to the district.
What's "heartbreaking" is not the death of a black male, who assaulted a police officer believing this action wouldn't be considered a threat to what little semblance of law exists in the 67 percent black city; no, what's "heartbreaking" is that the 1990 U.S. Census reports Ferguson was 73.8 percent white merely 24 years ago versus roughly 28 percent white today.
The city was 25.1 percent black in 1990, versus 67 percent black today. Conversely, Normandy High School (perhaps named for when the all-white US Army stormed Normandy Beach in France on June 6, 1944...) is now one of the most dangerous high schools in all of Missouri... and it's 97 percent black.
Ferguson, the same city burning now thanks to black riots, had 22,286 residents according to the 1990 U.S. Census (p. 37): of those, 16,454 were white and 5,589 were black...
From 73.1 percent white in 1990 to 28 percent white in 2010...
That's "heartbreaking" President Obama.
Civilization recedes with the oncoming of the black undertow.
It regresses to the black mean.
Yes. That's truly "heartbreaking."
White people will never dare publicly admit why the city went from 73 percent white in 1990 to 28 percent white today: the backwards rationale for Obama's "My Brother's Keeper" program is the obvious one, with white families deciding black dysfunction isn't something they want to raise their children around.
Funny: as a city's black population rises, the level of dysfunction increases (contra Robert Putnam, who thought a homogeneous population would breed social capital; black people breed social dysfunction and ruin... we call this the Detroit Corollary).
White people will go to their grave singing the "Star Spangled Banner," never knowing it was the federal government's policy of black (minority) advancement that put them there...