Tuesday, November 14, 2006

Census Bureau reports the obvious again

Looking at the staggering differences in income and education between whites and minorities is certainly a significant issue, but since when is that anything new?

The U.S. Census Bureau has just reported gaps in salaries, diplomas and degrees, but when is this going to change? More specifically, who's going to change it?

Race matters to me and a lot of other people. It defines who we are and often who we hang around. But when do we really become WE?

When does motivating young, black men to finish high school become important enough to middle-aged white dads to do something about it? Or how about a black teacher learning Spanish to communicate with a Hispanic student's parents? Why is it always someone else's problem?

Obviously, parents or other responsible adults in young people's lives aren't doing something to change things.

I get tired of reading the same reports, too, but I think we have to do something to make them change. Ideas please?

1 comment:

Diane Haag said...

I think the key is in doing exactly what you proposed: reaching outside of ourselves and doing something uncomfortable for the greater good like learning Spanish or volunteering in a "bad" neighborhood. It's about recognizing that our cultures may be different, but we all deserve the same chance to be successful in life and to be treated with dignity.