Obama's Trayvon Problem

I hope President Barack Obama is tuning in to the George Zimmerman murder trial. It is showing off his greatest failure.

Last week, media pundits, trial commentators, and internet racists ridiculed Rachel Jeantel, the 19-year-old star witness who was on the phone with Trayvon Martin right before Zimmerman shot the boy. This cruel crew made fun of her manner of speech and her embarrassing admission that she cannot read or write in cursive.

Her shortcomings personify the first African-American commander-in-chief's refusal to help this nation's blacks obtain the same opportunities he and his wife had. First-class education helped the first couple become articulate, productive members of society.

Jeantel represents the Obama generation. She began high school in 2009, the first year of his first term. She is one of the hundreds of thousands of African-American children who were supposed to benefit from his promise that change was coming. Almost halfway into the president's second term, most kids attending inner-city high schools speak like Jeantel; that includes everyone from those struggling to maintain a 2.0 grade point average to honor students posting better than a 3.5. I understand Jeantel's plight, because as a public high school volunteer, I mentor teenagers just like her. But when no one is teaching children how to speak proper English, how can anyone expect them to survive in the real world? Forget crumbling on the witness stand. They won't stand a chance during a job interview.

Obama has been too busy spying on Americans and quibbling with Republicans over immigration reform to help fix illiteracy, the greatest challenge facing educators at inner-city schools such as Miami Norland High, where Jeantel is a senior. Just as Obama couldn't do squat about banning guns that kill thousands of African-Americans in cities like Miami and his hometown of Chicago, he has done little to improve literacy and grammar skills of black teenagers like Jeantel.

I want our first black president to do only one thing: Afford all African-American children the opportunity to speak the same way he does. The clock is ticking on his legacy.

 
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Ike_9
Ike_9

"I want our first black president to do only one thing: Afford all African-American children the opportunity to speak the same way he does. The clock is ticking on his legacy."

Why say this? Why not have all AMERICAN children get the same opportunity?

joeb104
joeb104

your prez is a racist moron.

Cuco3
Cuco3

Hey, Luke: I know a great place where they don't have guns AND receive free health care. It's called CUBA. Now pack your fucking bags and get out of America. Word of advice: you better not speak a word about their leaders like you do in America because they will jail your ass or kill you. FOH you commie POS.

7Out7
7Out7

Many young blacks do not want to change their patterns of speech in order to sound more "white."   In fact, black slang is their very own badge of honor.  The situation is not helped by the rap music industry whose millionaire stars sling around the very worst language, including copious amounts of the N-word.  None of these African Americans living in poverty have considered that outside of the rap world, successful African Americans speak well and definitely not in the vernacular.  Without language skills, these African Americans are destined for a life of isolation outside of their small communities and also a world of government hand-outs and subsidies.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

They're standing on the corner and they can't speak English. I can't even talk the way these people talk: Why you ain't, Where you is, What he drive, Where he stay, Where he work, Who you be... And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk. And then I heard the father talk.

Everybody knows it's important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can't be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth. In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an education, and now we've got these knuckleheads walking around. The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal. These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids. $500 sneakers for what? And they won't spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.

I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit. Where were you when he was 2? Where were you when he was 12? Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn't know that he had a pistol? And where is the father? Or who is his father?

People putting their clothes on backward: Isn't that a sign of something gone wrong? People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn't that a sign of something? Or are you waiting for Jesus to pull his pants up? Isn't it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?

What part of Africa did this come from? We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don't know a thing about Africa. With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua and Mohammed and all of that crap, and all of them are in jail.

Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person's problem. We have got to take the neighborhood back. People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different

'husbands' — or men or whatever you call them now. We have millionaire football players who cannot read. We have million-dollar basketball players who can't write two paragraphs. We as black folks have to do a better job. Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us. We have to start holding each other to a higher standard.

We cannot blame the white people any longer. 

bill cosby 

http://www.deardoctor.com/img/inthisissue/issue8/cosby.jpg

darlingrose13
darlingrose13

I agree with you on this one! The president has failed blacks in many areas but then again people refer to him as the first black president and that he is not. Obama is biracial, with a white mother and father or stepfather that were highly educated. He was raised by white grandparents that, although he describes them as poor, they were literate and did not face the hurdles that black families have faced. .Barack Obama is a white elitist and Michelle was raised by an intact family of educated parents. They cannot identify with the lives of poor blacks or their subculture. Back in those days, you either learned how to read, write, in cursive, and do math or you were retained. Decades later, with all the Title One schools, preschools and you name it and we are still producing functionality illiterate graduates. As a teacher, I can tell you it is not only black students, although in this case people like you made slang and improper use of English the standard of coolness. I do not agree that most black honor students are at the same level as Jantel. I have black students who speak proper English and white students that mangle the language. But the minute they are out the door they revert to what some demanded to be recognized: Black English, which was not the same as the profane laced language, full of improper use of words that young people speak. We can thank people like you and the entertainment industry for part of this.

Obama has failed in not doing much for the poor in areas of creating jobs. As for the first lady, she is not tackling the subjects that ail the black and poor communities. Drugs, violence and the loss of too many black young people do not seem to strike a chord at the White House. Yes, fighting obesity is important, teaching kids to plant and grow food is important but the bloodshed continues and they remain mum. When president Obama visits Miami he is wining and dining with the white elite and has never made an attempt to reach out to communities like Miami Gardens so riddle with violence. This is NOT CHANGE. He has sent more money to Egypt’s regime while the poor and homeless get nothing. He is promising more o the illegal aliens rather than preserve jobs for Americans. They need rehabilitation; they need job t raining for jobs that are going to be t here in the future. Obama has been a big failure as a leader and as a president. He is not better than his predecessors. We put too much emphasis on the color of his skin and not enough on his political record, his mentors and cronies and his character.

As for the awful remarks about Jantel, I found her use of Yes Sir and No Sir refreshing. I did not find it hard to understand her, although her voice was wispy. She should use those criticisms, even the ill –intended to resolve to improve herself. As for racist, you need to decide if you will be a uniter or a divider. It has not been the history of the Miami Times to be strident and partial as you often are. You are not in the stage trying to please the crowds, you have been given this privilege to make a difference and make up for youthful bad behavior that now you find so appalling.

psalm88
psalm88

Really?!! Luke?.. So after you made millions objectifying women in your videos .. And popping that coochie and me so hornies.. U know get to speak on what the president is or is not doing for African American youth... GTFOOH!!!!

305carolann
305carolann

Damn it, Luke... how about some self-accountability?!  It's Obama's fault she speaks ebonics and can't read and write in cursive?  Come on, bro? Where are her parents?  I think they are FAR more to blame than Obama...And for the record I graduated from Miami Norland Sr. High in 1985. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

..also what will not be discussed as it will appear unseemly is RACHEL JEANTEL knows the last words of trayvon and if not helpful to trayvon will lie or simply omit vital details (i would and so would YOU) additionally ms jeantel knows thrayvon's parents have CASHED IN ON a multi-million dollar condo insurance carrier settlement - so how much did ms jeantel get ? (i know i would want a taste if I was put out and involved in the CHA-CHING gravy train that is rolling through these proceedings - with a conviction trayvons parents become potential millionaires through civil proceedings for the BIG $$$$$$s suing everyone from the cops to police departments to city of sanford ALL of which have BIG insurance policies) 

and certainly ms jeantel understands her roll in all that BLING

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

................and also ms jeantel is OBESE,  and what program of nutrition will ever work if the person ignores all common sense and eats junk until they risk a future of severe medical porblems,  including a lifetime of diabetes,  and again she will become a burden needing government support (which these days means LESS resources available to educate others) and around it goes

i guess with all this exposure and attention next we will be learning that an unmarried and unemployable ms jeantel is expecting an out-of-wedlock kid and around and around it goes - right ?

what a show this is

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

i looked up what generally leads to a successful education as determined by the experts - and of course being resourced is a great advantage BUT secondly having concerned and guiding PARENTs and also having access to BOOKs in the home

we cannot blame ms jeantel for being from a poor unresourced and apparently uneducated family but WHY do these families that cannot provide for themselves have kids they cannot afford ?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

how come HISPANICs and ASIANs are making it ?

ReadRed
ReadRed

notice the date on this article?     -> Thursday, Jul 4 2013

today is only July 3 2013...  Luke is always ahead of his time LOL.

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

What's the difference between reading cursive or print?

NONE!

English words are spelled the same in print and cursive. Right? The only difference is how you draw the letters, but it is no big deal to recognize each letter. From that point, it is exactly the same as reading print.

"I don't read cursive," in this case, means "I don't know how to read. "

And if we think about it, she needed somebody else to write the letter for her, meaning she probably cannot write either.

How is it that this young lady made it to 12th grade?  That's where the problem is. Our school system won't tell kids like her the truth:

"You don't know how to read. You don't know how to write. You cannot add or subtract. You don't know your multiplication tables. You need to be retained."

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

The school system has worked for almost all ethnicities. The Asians, even though they don't look like white people, have done well in our schools. The Middle Eastern people and Latinos, who don't look like white people, have done well in our schools. It seems to me that people that look white and don't look white have done well in our schools. Wait a sec... There is one group that seems to struggle a lot more than the others. Could it be that they look different and that's why they are singled out? NO! OTHER GROUPS LOOK DIFFERENT AND THEY DO WELL! What could it be?

Luke enough already!!! You blame the president? Maybe it's the horrible family structure. Maybe it's the role models? Are you a role model? Let's not get into your past. Six kids by four mothers and your lengthy arrest record. How about, for the first time, you stand up and be accountable. In the black culture, you are ridiculed for achievement. If anyone calls out your race, they are cast out. (See Bill Cosby). Stop the tattoos. Pull up your pants. Learn to dress. Grow up. Stop shooting. Stop complaining. As much as you want to be singled out as individuals, many of you act the same. Drive down the highway. It's very easy to see cars that are driven by African Americans. You have become stereotypical. Inner city blacks dress the same. They talk the same.

Now you have the balls to blame the President. This is a man that won the election by securing over 90% of the black vote. People voted for him based solely on his skin color and still you are not happy. Look in the mirror rap man. You rip the educated black and you praise and support the dumb ones. The next step in the evolution of the black culture is that the educated blacks want nothing to do with you and your ghetto friends either. Lastly, some of my best friends are black. I have dated black women. It's not black or white. It's cultural. You, Al Sharpton, and the rest of your "Blame the white man mentality", can shove it up your ass. The best chance you ever had was Malcolm X. Your own people killed him!!! By the way, don't watch the movie, read his autobiography and biographies that have been written about him. I took Black History. 

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

To  George Zimmerman  you insecure cracker. shooting unarmed black boy it's gonna make your situation any better? That's your problem, Tricky Dickkk. You are paranoid. 


drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter


“George Zimmerman Deserves Jail Time For Lying About His Finances

jailhouse tapes of Zimmerman talking to his wife, Shelly, about the amount in his online defense fund. Ever since the judge ordered Zimmerman back to jail, donations to Zimmerman’s online defense fund have begun to significantly increase from the original $1,000 a day the fund was receiving.”


In hushed conversations from a Seminole County, Fla., jail, the man charged with second-degree murder in the killing of unarmed teenager Trayvon Martin was instructing his wife how to transfer huge amounts of money between bank accounts and allegedly out of the gaze of local authorities.

The name “Peter Pan,” in this case, appears to have been code for the company PayPal. Zimmerman was using the online banking service to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars from supporters who believed he was either a hero of gun rights or a man being railroaded by a corrupt justice system.

Clumsy and obvious, the code was just one of several tactics that verged on the absurd that the Zimmermans used to try to keep their fundraising secret from authorities. The tactics were brought to light on Monday when prosecutors released audio recordings of six jailhouse phone calls between Zimmerman and his wife.

 Because they lied under oath about finances, there is no reason to believe anything else they say.

victor158
victor158

The illiteracy rate in Detroit is 50%.  In Washington, DC -- it's 40%.   There is probably no major city in the country with a functional illiteracy rate less than 25%!  These are devastating statistics.  This is a calamity that dwarfs 9/11, Katrina and hurricane Sandy combined.   Meanwhile, the president worries about global warming, congress is flumoxed over immigration alternatives, and the supreme court is concerned with same sex marriage.

Let's be honest -- if Waco, Tx or Des Moines, Ia or Fargo, ND had an illiteracy rate of 50% the National Guard would be called out!

Why is illiteracy of this magnitude not a cause of national alarm?  Is it simply because the assumption is that  the demographics of the illiterate are such that their skin color is darker than khaki?

KansasGirl
KansasGirl

Mr. Campbell, who do you think Obama will chose, inner city black children, or the NEA?

The Democrats need unions to support their candidates.

zeldaj123
zeldaj123

The President has not failed African American children, their parents have! Educational values begin in the home! President and Mrs. Obama are were they are because their parents worked hard to instill certain values into them namely the importance hard work and of obtaining a good education. I am an active parent! I made sure that my kids were reading by age 4, I taught them to speak correctly and behave properly. I monitor their academic performance, I attend PTA meetings. They already know that college is in their future! Bill Cosby got it right! We need to take responsiblity for our children and stop making excuses.  President Obama didn't fail Rachel Jeantel! Her parents did! 

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

@psalm88 How dare you expect Luke to be accountable for anything. The way he writes, or has someone write for him, I thought Luke had a lifetime "Get out of jail free card". Luke is useless!

robertoj69
robertoj69

@305carolann Miami's black community is not monolithic. Ms Jantel is of Haitian-Dominican descent. Her mother from what I hear and I could be wrong speaks mostly Creole. Her first languages were Creole and Spanish. I encounter many of these trilingual children regularly in Miami. 

 The Federal government has little involvement in education due to federalist practice. Local government has chief responsibility for financing ,curriculum and standards.  Luke is the last person to talk about this and I would venture by this article that he is sorely out of touch with the day to day reality of Miami outside of the glamor and glitter of the elite in Miami.

darlingrose13
darlingrose13

@Exiliado 

No, they can only read and write  print. .But that is not being literate. Now, don't let me get started on math and how they cannot do simple operations without the calculator.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@Exiliado 

 Since 2010, 45 states and the District of Columbia have adopted the Common Core standards, which do not require cursive instruction but leave it up to the individual states and districts to decide whether they want to teach it. A report the same year by the Miami-Dade public school system found that cursive instruction has been slowly declining nationwide since the 1970s.

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

@Exiliado You can't tell kids the truth. If she was held back, her parents would sue and the emotional jury would side with this young ghetto child. Appeal to pity. What is retarded is the ghetto culture and the rest of our society for allowing this girl to think that she is something more than an overweight baby with a 5th grade education. 

darlingrose13
darlingrose13

@kirkslade1 

Some Latinos are doing well; others hardly speak the language but are given a diploma.

redRead
redRead

@drakemallard   Wow, what's the difference between calling someone a Cracker and a Nig...r 

only the perception of the person calling out, that its not the same.

Racist is Racist.   


shame on you

kirkslade1
kirkslade1 topcommenter

@drakemallard This article is about Luke Skyjerker's view about how Obama failed to live up to his promises of educating the ghetto. No?

redRead
redRead

@drakemallard Wrong person.  GZ never lied.  His wife did.  -get the facts dude. 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

victor158,

i would suggest you also use OBESITY statistics and see that BLACKs have proportionately higher incidents of being overweight

my question is how is OBESITY anyone elses "problem" to solve if someone gets themself so FAT that they require expensive medical procedures they cannot afford and therefore are an additional burden on the government simply because they eat too much of the wrong stuff

when will people take RESPONSIBILITY and be ACCOUNTABLE for their OWN actions ?

zeldaj123
zeldaj123

@victor158 EXACTLY!  All that you mention serves to reinforce my belief that black folks need to accept responsiblity and stop blaming society! Cuz it does no good!  If your thug son was shot by the cops while robbing a store, you should be saying "he was a good boy, they didn't have to kill him"..... REALLY!!  I'm just sayin

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Exiliado @frankd4 

i think BLACKs try maybe as hard BUT the HISPANICs and ASIANs have LEGACY to build on a base created by their ancestors and existing as a solid foundation of continuing support

i see MEXICANs regularly transferring money back home and ASIANs running businesses small as they are and BOTH honor family

ms jeantel does not realize or even see what a burden she is on society and how being OBESE further insures she will continue to be a larger burden going forward with expensive medical problems and children she herself cannot afford

the ASIANs and MEXICANs i see are accumulating value they intend to pay forward to their future generations

ms jeantel is simply accumulating obligations and liabilities she will never be able to repay

darlingrose13
darlingrose13

@drakemallard @Exiliado  and that puts us at the bottom of the ladder of industrialized nations where people not only can read, write and do math without calculator but many of them are functional in a second language.

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

@drakemallard @Exiliado 

Cursive is just a way of writing your letters.

Reading cursive is THE SAME as reading print.

That was my point, which was not addressed in your comment.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@redRead@drakemallard

cracker Slang word used to refer to those of European ancestry. The word is thought to have either derived from the sound of a whip being cracked by slave owners, or because crackers are generally white in color.

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@darlingrose13 @frankd4 @Exiliado 


otherwise PLEASE advise me of an acceptable restaurant in a BLACK neighborhood for me to sample................i've been to Bettys on Sistrunk recently and we enjoyed ribs and waffles with fried chicken BUT except for TOM JENKINs that's about it in ALL of broward county that i know of 

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@darlingrose13 @frankd4 @Exiliado 

otherwise prior in NYC i would raise private funding to build section 8 housing which at the time was a social policy to satisfy NIMBY and provide tax incentives

again BLACKs would simply tear up and trash entire buildings leading to a complete devistation through the bronx and upper manhattan - even something as elementary as not shitting where you eat was ignored as you would see plastic trash bags in TREEs which had been tossed out of windows which of course broke open and the food waste would drop to the ground to feed the rats and flies and little KIDS would play nearby under these same TREEs !

sadly i see the same disrepect and basic filth collecting on brand-new million dollar PUBLIC BUSES here in broward country and certainly if only BLACKs ride these routes then only BLACKs are responsible for the trash - right ?

what i don't understand is these same people who trash these buses come back day after day and reuse the services again and again so basically these people are sitting in their own trash that smells and attracts roaches and flies and worse - NO SOCIOLOGIST is required to see that is a MAJOR problem

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@darlingrose13 @frankd4 @Exiliado 

well for one a volunteer group goes INTO these disadvantaged neighborhoods to make sure they have what to eat - and feeding people is one way to ascertain exactly what is going on YES some come to our location with boomboxes blasting and OBAMAphones and BIG WHEEL RIMs but it is that NO ONE is turned away

specifically MIAMI has a great deal of need for BLACK children since over half of all BLACK kids are food INsecure and housing INsecure

we try to maintain contact throughout the year not just during holidays like christmas and thanksgiving when social service providers are typically overwhelmed with support

the saddest really is juvenile justice because those throw-away kids will never get it - they have too many deficiencies to ever be productive  members of society

otherwise reading much about early development which unfortunately indicates parenting is the number ONE determinant  for directing a child and many have had these children just to qualify themselves for government support and financial aid mostly to continue a drug habit and many do not even know who the father is - NO BOOKs NO parents NO resources unless the government provides them and NO WAY OUT without an unterest in education becoming UNemployable or INcarcerated or worse.............dead

darlingrose13
darlingrose13

@frankd4 @Exiliado 

Lots of assumptions there, mr. sociologist. What is our experience in the real world working with groups of young people from these ethnic groups?

frankd4
frankd4 topcommenter

@Exiliado @frankd4 


i don't see it as they are wanting an EXCUSE because i don't see that they really KNOW how disenfranchised they really are

you see they are so far GONE it is simply too much for them to move in society anywhere beyond their hood - i can tell you they don't even know how to properly act in a restaurant WHICH IS WHY there are no restaurants IN BLACK communities = period

some do yes overcome these obstacles BUT when they do they move as OREOs and leave nothing to their BLACK origins and therefore all accumulated value is consumed and not passed forward ..............and why section 8 housing is temporary and torn-down ever ten or so years enforcing the nomadic and un-anchored lack on community spirit and pride

i could tell you where MY own people came from back more than a hundred years - and still find my grandparents home IN MY family's possession from NY to italy to german - and possibly go back another hundred years or more there !

most BLACK people cannot go back even a dozen years and many NEVER knew their origins and were simply abandonded to custodians and government appointed guardians as throw-away children never to know BOTH parents - let alone an entire generation

Exiliado
Exiliado topcommenter

@frankd4 @Exiliado 

Of course, we would have to see this more on a case by cases basis, without generalizing, without having the race baiters jump all over you.

I have met people of every race and/or ethnicity that have moved forward against all odds, by just making the right choices.

What I mean is, the lack of a solid foundation and/or family support is just another excuse. A determined individual can (and they do) overcome this obstacle.

It is a matter of personal attitude.

darlingrose13
darlingrose13

@Exiliado @drakemallard But these students cannot write in cursive or struggle with it and those at the lowest academic levels cannot read it. Shadow a teacher and you will learn.

darlingrose13
darlingrose13

@drakemallard @redRead BS you know what it is meant when people are called crackers or rednecks. I just checked the dictionary , in case, that has been revised too to be PC

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@ReadRed@drakemallard@redRead

 
Witness 9 said she came forward because she was afraid Zimmerman may have attacked 17-year-old Trayvon Martin "because the kid was black."


Audio: Witness 9 says Zimmerman and his family don't like black people
During questioning by law enforcement a witness says that while growing up Zimmerman and his family had said they don't like black people if they don't act like white people.


At one point — the interview isn't clear on timing — Zimmerman's mother said she didn't like President Barack Obama, the witness said.

"I said 'why not?' you know just thinking she was joking," Witness 9 told investigators. "And she said, 'Because he is black. I am a racist.' Just loud and proud."



a number of news sources have reported that the woman is a relative of the Zimmerman family, though her exact relationship to Zimmerman was redacted from the interview recording. Zimmerman's legal team, in a statement , identified the woman as a cousin.

drakemallard
drakemallard topcommenter

@ReadRed@drakemallard@redRead 

 
white cracker or cracka, is an expression for white peopleespecially poor rural whites in the Southern United States. In reference to a native of Florida or Georgia, however, it is sometimes used in a neutral or positive context and is sometimes used self-descriptively with pride


ReadRed
ReadRed

@drakemallard @redRead   .  I'm sure there is also a historical  reference for the N word too.  

and here  I thought is was a term for oppressive white slave owners.   <keeping the black man down>

so you're saying its its OK to call someone a slang term based on their race?   -but just  not to their face?  

did I get that right? 
 

 
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