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9-21-04 Education is Empowerment –Jesse Jackson Notwithstanding

Jesse Jackson can discuss how the poor and minority groups are disadvantaged. He says the South, from Texas to Virginia, is the biggest region, has the richest soil and the greatest number of poor.   ….He talks about “the gaps” in wages, income, opportunity, education, housing, and more. How on one side people live in a “surplus culture” and on the other are those living in “a deficit culture.” How these disadvantaged groups, blacks particularly, must “heal that breach and close the gaps.”

AVOC

 

September 20, 2004

 

Education Is Key to Improving State of Minorities

 

By Wendell Dawson, Editor, AVOC, Inc.

 

Jesse Jackson gets a lot of headlines.  He is always advocating some kind of “handout” or welfare program.   The National media gives the guy more attention than he merits.  Hopefully, the fallout from the CBS-Rathergate fiasco can shake up some old worn out themes.

 

Bill Cosby and other successful persons are right.  You get ahead in this nation with applying yourself, getting a good education and hard work.

 

For too many decades demagogues have fed the illusion that somebody is holding some folks back.  As our Northern Friends frequently tell us, the Civil War and slavery have been over for 140 years.

 

Persons from the Asian world have come to the U S in more recent years and have excelled.  They did not have the “Jesse Jackson” advocates ‘working’ for them.  In that they were fortunate.


The Newton Citizen

             http://www.newtoncitizen.net/

 

September 18, 2004            EDITORIAL

 

Education is empowerment

Jesse Jackson can discuss how the poor and minority groups are disadvantaged. He says the South, from Texas to Virginia, is the biggest region, has the richest soil and the greatest number of poor.

He talks about “the gaps” in wages, income, opportunity, education, housing, and more. How on one side people live in a “surplus culture” and on the other are those living in “a deficit culture.” How these disadvantaged groups, blacks particularly, must “heal that breach and close the gaps.”

The working poor are among the 48 million Americans without health insurance, he points out. Former President Bill Clinton, unlike the working poor, is recovering nicely from his recent open heart surgery because of “early detection and good insurance.” Basketball star Magic Johnson, who was diagnosed as HIV positive several years ago, also enjoys a healthy lifestyle for the same reasons — early detection and good health insurance.

In a meeting Wednesday afternoon with members of the media, Jackson also said the rich have escaped both the economic burden of the nation and that of the war in Iraq. His view is that taxes have been shifted to the middle class, and the poor are our military because they can’t afford college.

The founder of the Rainbow/PUSH Coalition is also concerned that college students have to go off campus in order to vote in elections. “They should have a polling place where they live,” he said. He wants to eliminate the Electoral College, whose members aren’t obligated to cast their vote for president in accordance with the popular vote in their states.

He believes America is less secure now than before 9/11. He cites fewer police, inadequate security at our ports and the removal of the ban on assault weapons.

Economic incentives should be instituted for American companies to invest in the United States and receive disincentives for establishing offices and operations out of the country, Jackson says.

Children are particularly disadvantaged, he says, when their mothers don’t have access to prenatal care, day care and Head Start. He points to the high number of doctors in Pakistan, where people can attend medical school for free.

And the list goes on.

Missing from Jackson’s conversation is any passion for ensuring all children get equal opportunity for an education. Yes, he lists seven things parents should do, such as meeting with teachers, reading to children an hour a day and taking them to church each week.

However, education is empowerment. A high school diploma and a college degree position individuals to care for themselves and their families.


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