Literacy is Power

by baldilocks

Originally posted as a Twitter thread, here’s the context: 

A young woman named Kimberly Klacik began to document the squalor in Baltimore. President Trump took notice of it and responded.

Of course, the president is being called racist.

In response to the resultant tantrum, Candace Owens pointed out the following.

And that got me wound up and going. Edited for clarity. 

I was born in 1961 and knew how to read before Kindergarten. In the first part of my childhood, I was raised by my great-uncle and great-aunt — a pair of blue-collar workers with high school diplomas from segregated schools. They taught me to read, write and how to perform basic math calculations.

Teaching one’s children basic literacy requires no special training. What’s required: that the parents care about these things. The parent doesn’t even have to be literate herself. Ask Ben Carson about this. His mother, who didn’t know how to read, made sure that her sons learned how and, therefore, would have a better life than she did. And her efforts were rewarded exponentially.

Parents who can’t be bothered to keep track of the educational process of their children care little to nothing for them and the education edifices know this. These systems will keep passing illiterates through each grade, regardless of performance. And they will keep getting paid handsomely, while asking to have more money inserted into the systems — meaning,  into their pockets.

Yes, the education systems bear some blame, but the parents are primarily at fault. No white racist can stop a black parent from reading to his child every night or teaching him basic multiplication.

It’s surreal to think about the primitive 1960s tools my aunt and uncle used in order to turn me into a civilized human being. In contrast, it’s so easy for a 21st century parent to do the same. But that takes desire, time, and work. It’s easier to put blame The White Man™ for why Jamal can’t read. That takes mere seconds.

2019 CA has the same problem with black students and has for years. This was not so when I was growing up. We have regressed.

But the backward movement can be halted; we can turn around and begin to walk the other way. But first we — black Americans — have to look at what got us here in the first place: widespread illegitimacy. Fathers absent; often incarcerated. No legal employment.

And look! We have already started walking in the opposite direction! (That’s a 180-degree turn for the math-challenged.) For example, black unemployment is the lowest it has been for decades. But now we need to make sure that children are not only literate enough to be employed, but enough to become the employers. That type of basis starts at home.

I applaud people like Ms. Klacik who get out and do the leg work to not only show US the rotten fruit of Democrat governance, but to show it to the constituents. What we see in her timeline is the result of long-term illiteracy, bogus education, and apathy.

What we see there also are the outer workings of an inward powerlessness — and that power was relinquished, not taken away.

The American sh*tholery in Baltimore is presided over shamelessly by Rep. Elijah Cummings (D). It’s an old story. We see it all over the country in other Democrat-run districts like many in my state — CA.

But it doesn’t have to be this way.

We all have true education and power right at our fingertips now. And no president or congressperson can take that away, at least not yet. Parents whose children can’t read are easily able to remedy that usually, and if those parents won’t, it’s their fault.

It’s not Donald Trump’s fault nor even Elijah Cummings’ or those like him. If you want your children to have more power than you do, you have to want it and choose to make it happen. That’s power.

Otherwise, stop crying about “white privilege” and white supremacism and accept the subordinate role that you have chosen for yourselves.

It’s that simple.

Juliette Akinyi Ochieng has been blogging since 2003 as baldilocks. Her older blog is here.  She published her first novel, Tale of the Tigers: Love is Not a Game in 2012.

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