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uoff (3K)Institutional Racism At Work

Time and time again, Afromerica has revealed how racism exist to-date in this society and by what means it exist. One of those means is through the educational system and the article below confirms how institutional racism destroys the potential life of a Black person even from their childhood. With an Afro Interpretation we will expound.

From the "University of Florida" comes a racist study entitled: Black Students With Exotic Names Face School Barriers

In light of today's current mainstream ideology of "take responsibility for your life and actions and do not blame anyone especially the white man," this study reveals the hypocrisy and error of that ideology on its own merit. The article begins:

Article begins
Da'Quan or Damarcus, for example, are more likely to score lower on reading and mathematics tests and are less likely to meet teacher expectations and be referred to gifted programs than their siblings with more common names such as Dwayne, said David Figlio, a UF economist who did the research.

Afro Interpretation
First of all, the undertone here reeks of forced social assimilation by signifying common names or more "American" names are deemed more socially acceptable than any other cultural name. Second, if there is no long-term evidence on a research project, that project is useless, furthermore, this research is too recent and have yet to run its course whereby it can by measured accurately but was based on nothing more than personal bigotry.

Third, if a teacher judges a student by assuming unintelligence in connection with their names, it is not the student or the parent's fault if that child does poorly in school, but the fact that the teacher refuses to teach him or her. So far, the "take responsibility for your life and actions and do not blame anyone especially the white man" concept has no worth.

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"This study suggests that the names parents give their children play an important role in explaining why African-American families on average do worse because African-American families are more inclined than whites or Hispanics to give their children names that are associated with low socio-economic status," Figlio said.

Afro Interpretation
This last assumption is based on complete idiocy and the researcher should be awarded the prize for most racist, simple-minded idiot in the world. The study, first of all, is unnecessary except to undermine the abilities of Black children and to destroy what chances they have at a decent and so-called opportunity to education.

It also suggest indifference and a subtle disgust for Black families and their methods of child rearing, which according to any white scholar, researcher, politician, or person, is below average in anything in this white world. The implication to "low socio-economic status" is another slap in the face of Black dignity because it automatically places Blacks in a negative category aside from all other American cultures, as always. But it gets worst.

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Such boys and girls suffer in terms of the quality of attention and instruction they get in the classroom because teachers expect less from children with names that sound like they were given by parents with lower education levels, and these lower expectations become a self-fulfilling prophecy, he said.

Afro Interpretation
So whose fault or failure is this, the parents or the teachers? The teacher has cast all his or her intellectual stones into the basket of assumption and racial ignorance when they have decided to box their mind into a presumptuous racial zone. Positive expectations of individuals is what helps people grow stronger and when people have low expectations of you then they will bring you down to a lower level by their actions toward you.

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"When you see a particular name, like David or Catherine, you internalize it in a different way than a name such as LaQuisha," said Figlio, whose findings appear in a working paper for the National Bureau of Economic Research. "And it could be that teachers start to make inferences about a student's parents, the parent's education level and the parents' commitment to their children's education based on the names the parents give their children."

Afro Interpretation
This is not surprising that whites will associate the two variables, names and parents education, when it comes to Blacks. If this were common practice in every area of life, people could easily associate the name Figlio with homosexuality, but this is simply not the ignoramus society whites would like it to be when they resort to judging Blacks.

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To measure a name's socio-economic status, Figlio studied birth certificate data to determine the most frequent name attributes given by mothers who were high school dropouts. Most commonly, these names began with certain prefixes, such as "lo," "ta," and "qua." They ended with certain suffixes, such as "isha" and "ious," included an apostrophe or were particularly long, with several low-frequency consonants, and were given overwhelmingly by poorly educated black women, he said.

Afro Interpretation
What about white dropouts, what were their names or does that matter in this case…no, not when the topic are Black people and families. "Poorly educated Black women" is another low blow in the practice of racial inequality in this racist country. Did the researcher study poorly educated white women, or does that matter.

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"While other prominent researchers have argued that children who are given exotic names do not suffer for their parent's choice, it is hard to dismiss the finding that even among sibling pairs, children with exotic names fare worse in school and are less likely to be classified as bright and gifted," Autor said. "This suggests that value-neutral cultural choices, such as baby name, may have important economic consequences."

Afro Interpretation
- Conclusion When names have "important economic consequences" and determine whether or not a person will succeed in society, that society has dropped to its lowest moral and ethical level. In an effort to thwart Black advancement, white scholars will stoop to sneaky underhanded schemes to undermine the abilities of Blacks and the above article proves it.

For those who cannot see through this apparent tactic to Black destruction but see otherwise as a need for Blacks to start naming their children better names, they have, too, fallen to a low level of character and have given themselves over to mainstream dogma that does nothing more than advance racist propaganda.

Without seeking to find blame from this article, how can anyone support an argument that would suggest Blacks cannot attribute racist practices toward them and their abilities when such studies as this are written by supposedly qualified college professors, in whom we thrive to learn from in the over-rated university system of this country?

If there is another side to this argument missed by the Afro Interpretation, someone please extend a hand of reason so we can understand what type of society we live in and in what direction should the Black community take when attempting to succeed. We at Afromerica encourage all who read this to contact the these people using the information below and tell them that it is this type research being spread around the country that provokes and ignites racism in this society.

Do I blame the white man for this? Hell Yes! Don't you?

CONTACTS: David Figlio, 352-392-0147,
Cathy Keen, UF Media Relations (writer), 352-392-0186,

Source from:

David Figlio's Rebuttal

© December 2005 By Afromerica

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