By: Krystle Crossman
Black boys have it rough. They have to grow up with so many people telling them scary statistics about high school dropouts, poor education, and prison. They are very rarely encouraged to be everything that they can be and to live up to their full potential. They all have the chance to really shine as an individual but so many of them are beaten down from an early age that they don’t think that they have a chance out in the real world to be successful. Writer and school teacher David Wright says that we really need to stop telling black males that they are “endangered”.
Imagine going to school as a young boy feeling that you have your entire future ahead of you. You want to be a doctor, a lawyer, or an engineer. But then once you get to school you are told the reality of your dreams. You most likely will not be able to get what you want out of life because of scores of black boys who have come before you. Can you imagine what that would do to your confidence level or your psyche? It can ruin a young boy for life and really put him in a negative mindset which can throw off any success that he may have had.
These discouraging words are coming from teachers, peers, and even parents. They are also coming from the media. For example the media portrays black males as being more violent than any other race. They make it seem like black men are violent by nature which is very untrue. The problem is that when you are young and impressionable you will believe what you are being told, not what you feel in your heart.
So how do we change this? How do we help black boys realize that they can be successful and can do amazing things with their lives? A support system is the most important thing that a young black male can have. They need someone who cares about them around to tell them that they are able to do whatever they want in life no matter what the statistics of those before them say. Hearing that all is not lost once they enter school can do wonders for not only their outlook on their lives but their grades as well. Show them the bigger picture of black men who paved the road to success.