Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Does Affirmative Action work?


If you read the bullet points below, you will be forgiven for thinking that this might be something that some white South African racist dreamt up.

It is in fact a study done by The Council of the Great City Schools, in the United States, called “A call for Change: The social and educational factors contributing to the outcomes of black males in urban schools.”

How can I, a white South African even start to read this publication, without some radical, bigoted thoughts? It is actually impossible.

It is useless to even try and compare it with what we have today in South Africa..

So I started to think along the lines of, yes, sure, there are many factors that contribute to the poor performance of black males in this specific study, but surely this is the land of milk and honey for any minority group like for instance blacks. They have the benefit of affirmative action that makes sure that they as minorities are protected.

I am again struggling to come up with some logical reason for this, without calling it what I think it is.

Read the full publication here. Be warned, it is comprehensive, and a lengthy read.



• Black mothers had infant mortality rates at least twice as high as White mothers between 2003 and 2007.

• Black children, 17 years old and younger, were 50 percent more likely to be without private or government health insurance than White children in 2008.

• Between 2006 and 2008, the percentage of Black males 0-4 years of age in families without health insurance was higher among those who were classified as near-poor than those living in households identified as poor or non-poor. However, there was little difference between Black males living in metropolitan areas and all Black males at various income levels (poor, near-poor, or non-poor).

• In 2008, Black children ages 18 and under were nearly three times more likely to live in single-parent households than White children. Nearly two-thirds of all Black children lived in single-parent households.

• In 2007, the majority of Black children under 18 lived in single-mother households. Approximately six out of 10 Black children lived with a female parent, no spouse present; compared with three out of 10 Black children living with married parents.

• In 2005-2006, three out of four Black children at age 4 were likely to be enrolled in a non-Head Start child care program. At least one-third of Black children participated in home-based care or had no regular nonparent arrangement.

• In 2008, the highest level of education attained by parents of Black children ages 6-18 was similar among mothers and fathers. At least one-third of these children had a parent with a high school diploma, 24 percent had a parent with some college, and less than 15 percent had a parent with a bachelor’s degree.

• Black children ages 18 and under were twice as likely as White children to live in households where no parent had full-time or year-round employment in 2008. Four out of 10 Black children lived in households where no parent had full-time or year-round employment, compared with two out of 10 White children.

• One-third of Black children under age 18 lived in poverty, compared with 10 percent of White children and 27 percent of Hispanic children in 2007.


• In 2008, Black males were nearly twice as likely as White males to drop out of high school—9 percent of Black males, compared with 5 percent of White males.

• In 2007, Black students were less likely to graduate on time from public high school (completing grades 9 through 12 in four years) than White students. Eight out of 10 White students graduated from public high schools in four years, compared with six out of 10 Black students.

• In 2008, Advanced Placement test takers were more likely to be White students than Black students. Approximately 60 percent of AP test takers were White, 15 percent Hispanic, 10 percent Asian and 8 percent Black.

• In 2009, the average SAT scores of Black males were lower than the average scores of White males in critical reading, mathematics, and writing. The gap between White and Black students taking the SAT was 104 points in critical reading, 120 points in mathematics, and 99 points in writing.

• In 2009, the average ACT score for Black students were below the average score for White students in English, mathematics, and reading. The gap between White and Black students was six points in English, five points in mathematics, and six points in reading.

• In 2009, few Black students met the ACT college readiness benchmark in reading, mathematics, or English. At least three times as many White students as Black students met the college readiness standards for reading; four times as many for mathematics; and twice as many for English.

• In 2009, Black males were less likely than White males to enroll in a two-year or four-year college after high school graduation. Three out of 10 Black males enrolled in a four-year institution, compared with four out of 10 White males.



• In 2004, Black high school seniors were less likely to participate in academic clubs than their classmates. About 45 percent of Black students participated in sports activities, 17 percent in academic clubs and 24 percent participated in extracurricular music activities.

• In 2004, students with a low socioeconomic status were less likely to participate in academic clubs, sports, and extracurricular music activities than their classmates. Sixteen percent of students in low socioeconomic status, 20 percent in middle socioeconomic status, and 28 percent in high socioeconomic status participated in academic clubs.

• In 2007, Black students and poor students were more likely to be retained during their K-8 school careers than their classmates. At least 23 percent of students who were retained were poor, and 16 percent were Black, compared with 5 percent who were not poor and 8 percent who were White.

• In 2006, Black students were three times more likely than White students, two times more likely than Hispanic and American Indian students, and five times more likely than Asian students to be suspended from school. About 15 percent of Black students and 5 percent of White students were suspended.

• In 2008, public schools in cities reported higher rates of violent and seriously violent crimes than did public schools in the suburbs, towns, and rural areas in 2008.

• In 2008, public schools with more than 50 percent minority enrollments reported higher rates of crime than did schools with fewer minority enrollments in 2008.

• The higher the rate of violent incidents reported in public schools; the higher the percentage of FRPL students attending those schools. In 2008, public schools with over 75 percent of their students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch reported three times more violent or serious violent crime than did schools with 0-25 percent of their students eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.

• In 2008, gang activities were more likely to be reported by public schools in cities; public schools with a high percentage of minority students; and public schools with a high percentage of FRPL students than other types of public schools.


• In 2001, graduation rates for White males were consistently higher than national averages. The graduation rates were at least 50 percent higher for Whites males than for Black males. Approximately 15 percent of Black males graduated in four years and about one-third graduated in five years, compared with 33 percent of White males who graduated in four years and half who graduated in five years.

• In the second quarter of 2010, the unemployment rate for Black males ages 20 and over was twice as high as the unemployment rate for White males of the same age. Black males had a double-digit unemployment rate (17.3 percent), while the unemployment rate for White males was in the single digits (8.6 percent) and below the national average

• In 2008, Black males who graduated from college were more likely to earn bachelor’s degrees in business than in any other field of study. Approximately 30 percent earned a degree in business, 10 percent in social sciences and history, and fewer than 10 percent earned degrees in all other reported areas.

• In 2008, nearly 50 percent of Black males receiving a professional degree studied law, while 17 percent studied medicine and 4 percent studied dentistry.

• In 2009, approximately 20 percent of Black males age 18 or over had either attained some college or had a college degree. Ten percent of Black males had earned bachelor’s degrees, compared with 18 percent of White males. Four percent of Black males had earned master’s degrees, compared with 6 percent of White males.

• In 2006, Black males ages 18 and over were more likely to have a lower income than White males with similar educational backgrounds. The wage gap between Black and White males not graduating from high school was approximately $5,000, compared with a gap of over $20,000 among those with a master’s degree.

• In 2008, Black males ages 16 and over in the labor force were more likely to have an occupation in the production, transportation and the material-moving fields (26 percent) than in the management and professional fields (about 23 percent). Some 13 percent worked in natural resources, construction, and maintenance.

• In 2008, Black males ages 18 and over accounted for 5 percent of the total college student population and 36 percent of the total prison population.

• In 2008, Black males ages 18 and over were imprisoned at a rate six and a half times higher than White males.

• In 2008, Black males accounted for at least 41 percent of the prison population ages 18 through 34; White males accounted for approximately 27 percent of the inmates in that age range.

6 Opinion(s):

Jack said...

I know this is seriously off topic; article on todays News24 site "Grade 1s try to stone teachers"

"About 600 pupils, from Grade 1 to Grade 7, toyi-toyied and threw stones at teachers who ran for their lives,"

Angry pupils at Mthambalale Primary School in Lusikisiki threw stones in the direction of teachers on Thursday after sports events and a party they were promised did not happen, Eastern Cape police said.

Must have been because of evil Apartheid....

http://www.news24.com/SouthAfrica/News/Grade-1s-try-to-stone-teachers-20101111

Dachshund said...

Looks like the US will be putting up another black in jail, this time Mandela's son-in-law:

Warrant out for Mandela husband
US asks SA to hand him over to face rape charge

Nov 7, 2010

Nelson Mandela's son-in-law is a "fugitive from justice" - evading arrest on a rape charge while rubbing shoulders with Hollywood actors and producing movies such as The Bang-Bang Club and Leon Schuster's Schuks Tshabalala.

This week law enforcement authorities in the US said a long-standing extradition request for Isaac Kwame Amuah had been finalised and served to South Africa for his arrest.

Amuah, 54, is married to Mandela's eldest daughter, Makaziwe. He is wanted in Hartford, Connecticut, on a rape charge that dates from 1993.

On Friday, the Connecticut State Attorney's Office told the Sunday Times that an extradition package had been sent to the US embassy in South Africa.

The wealthy businessman, who has interests in financial services and mining, has been financing movies, one being The Bang-Bang Club . The movie's cast includes Ryan Phillippe and Taylor Kitsch.

Amuah, who is a director of several companies, including Invictus Telkoms, ORS Human Capital, and Arengo Exploration, said the rape claim and extradition could affect his business interests.

Five years ago, the Sunday Times published a copy of Amuah's arrest warrant and detailed how he was nabbed after being accused of raping an algebra student while an assistant professor at the Manchester Technical Community College in Hartford.

He was charged with rape, two counts of sexual assault and three counts of unlawful restraint. After being granted $10000 bail, Amuah left the US and never returned. His bail was increased to $150000 after he failed to appear in court. A warrant for his arrest was issued in January 1994.

The US authorities believed the Harvard University graduate was living in his native Ghana until May 2005, when they learnt that he had landed a job as director of South Africa's state-run Foundation for Research Development.

While evading the authorities he also served as special adviser to Dr Ben Ngubane, then minister of arts, culture, science and technology.

An application for an earlier extradition request was withdrawn in 2007 after he told US investigators he would travel to the country voluntarily. On Friday, the Connecticut State Attorney's Office said its patience had worn thin after he had promised on numerous occasions since 2005 to voluntarily return.

Correspondence shows that on several occasions, officers from the US State Department, the Connecticut State Attorney's Office, and the Department of Homeland Security had waited for him at JFK International Airport in New York.

Supervisory Inspector Jim Looby said the State attorney's office in Hartford was now more determined than ever to extradite Amuah to face the charges. If extradited and convicted, Amuah could face up to 20 years in jail.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article748753.ece/Warrant-out-for-Mandela-husband

Dachshund said...

I'm trying to put this up for the second time.

Warrant out for Mandela Bang-Bang husband
US asks SA to hand him over to face rape charge

Nov 7, 2010

Nelson Mandela's son-in-law is a "fugitive from justice" - evading arrest on a rape charge.

This week law enforcement authorities in the US said a long-standing extradition request for Isaac Kwame Amuah had been finalised and served to South Africa for his arrest.

Amuah, 54, is married to Mandela's eldest daughter, Makaziwe. He is wanted in Hartford, Connecticut, on a rape charge that dates from 1993.

On Friday, the Connecticut State Attorney's Office told the Sunday Times that an extradition package had been sent to the US embassy in South Africa.

The wealthy businessman, who has interests in financial services and mining, has been financing movies, one being The Bang-Bang Club.

Amuah, who is a director of several companies, including Invictus Telkoms, ORS Human Capital, and Arengo Exploration, said the rape claim and extradition could affect his business interests.

Asked about the warrant for his arrest and extradition, Amuah snivelled : "Your so-called sources have their own agenda ... they want to hurt me. "

Five years ago, the Sunday Times published a copy of Amuah's arrest warrant and detailed how he was nabbed after being accused of raping an algebra student while an assistant professor at the Manchester Technical Community College in Hartford.

He was charged with rape, two counts of sexual assault and three counts of unlawful restraint. After being granted $10000 bail, Amuah left the US and never returned. His bail was increased to $150000 after he failed to appear in court. A warrant for his arrest was issued in January 1994.

The US authorities believed the Harvard University graduate was living in his native Ghana until May 2005, when they learnt that he had landed a job as director of South Africa's state-run Foundation for Research Development.

While evading the authorities he also served as special adviser to Dr Ben Ngubane, then minister of arts, culture, science and technology.

An application for an earlier extradition request was withdrawn in 2007 after he told US investigators he would travel to the country voluntarily. On Friday, the Connecticut State Attorney's Office said its patience had worn thin after he had promised on numerous occasions since 2005 to voluntarily return.

Correspondence shows that on several occasions, officers from the US State Department, the Connecticut State Attorney's Office, and the Department of Homeland Security had waited for him at JFK International Airport in New York.

Supervisory Inspector Jim Looby said the State attorney's office in Hartford was now more determined than ever to extradite Amuah to face the charges. If extradited and convicted, Amuah could face up to 20 years in jail.

http://www.timeslive.co.za/sundaytimes/article748753.ece/Warrant-out-for-Mandela-husband

Anonymous said...

Every thing that goes wrong in South Africa will be because of evil Apartheid....In 100 years time the K4 will still blame apartheid no matter what. Us whites have our selves to blame because we dont stand up and fight, we just complain and do nothing.

Anonymous said...

When will that K4 mandela die, I have a bottle of champaign on ice so I can celebrate the death of a terrorist.
I know you wont post this but I just thought I would have my say.
Peter

Viking said...

@Peter,

Long as you don't threaten to pull the trigger yourself, we'll publish it ;)