As I started to watch the Tim Wise Video, read Bob Herbert article and read up more about Brown vs. Board of Education I saw many “Delpit moments” throughout the three. We all know that the Brown v. Board of Education, “stripped away constitutional sanctions from segregation by race and made equal opportunity in education”(Website). Many people still to this day believe that segregation does not in school and in job but it does weather they believe it or not. A interest fact that I found in one of the Tim Wise videos was that in 1962 white people would say black have equal job and education but today they do not believe so. Back in 1962 right around the time this act was passed there was more segregation and in todays society there is still but not a much. People are in denial. I would like to use some Delpit culture of power to explain how the relationships between Brown v. Board of Education and Tim Wise and Bob Herbert arguments are and also bring in Kozol.
Culture of Power #4: If you are not already a participant in the culture of power, being told explicitly the rules of that culture makes acquiring power easier.
Delpit had pointed out in her article that, “My kids knows how to be black…you teach him how to survive in a white man’s world” (29). Now Tim Wise states throughout his interview about the “black and brown norm”. It’s basically what black/brown people know how to do well. Know Delpit also states about the “black and brown norm” when stating this sentence. As Tim goes on and says that the typical “black and brown norms” may be difference for some black and brown people using the example of Obama. But there is a stand that this black kids have to grow up in with a white society and not everyone is the same but they can act the same.
Culture of Power #5: Those with power are frequently least aware- or least willing to acknowledge- it existence. Those with less power are often most aware of its existence.
Delpit in this point is trying to state that those who have privilege don’t know it and people without power know it. Tim Wise states an interesting fact that in the second video that we need to listen to people who are no the target of the problem. I find this to be a great similarity because if you are a black person most of you decision that are made for you, politically, are by white people. If you are a white people (power) trying to fix segregation, for black people lets say (not powerful) they are not going to know how to solve the problem because they are not the center of the problem. In this situation black people are going to know they do not have power because they cannot make an input on the decision.
Kozol and Poverty Level.
In Kozol article he talks many time about the poverty level in which he was writing his book about. At the beginning of the paper he talks about the kids in the elementary school that is in this local neighborhood and about how seven of 800 students do not get free lunch and that five out of those seven get reduce lunch. Now you how to think of what that might do to a child’s education? Well Bob Herbert states in his article that there was a study done. “Low-income students who happened to be enrolled in affluent elementary schools did much better than similarly low-income students in higher-poverty schools in the county”(Herbert). This study reminded me of this in Kozols work because poverty is such a huge part in why kids don’t get a good enough materials and educations.
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I really liked this weeks blog. I learned many thing that I thought I was not going to learn. I can not wait for class discussion to see what happens and everyone thoughts. I would like to hear more on Tim Wise interviews and read his book because his points are so interesting. Also I would like to know what politics are doing about this issue is anything.