While delivering the commencement speech at historically black Morehouse College, President Obama predictably utilized “victimology 101″ to access the inner victim that presumably exists inside all black Americans. He disingenuously reminded the all-male graduates, “As an African American, you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by.” Unsurprisingly, this underhanded insinuation that racism is so pervasive that no amount of individual effort will overcome it received a thunderous ovation, even though this recycled notion has the legitimacy of a three-dollar bill.
Ironically, the president’s lack of credentials suggests that even he didn’t have to “work twice as hard” to obtain his current position. Unbelievably, in spite of Blacks having achieved unprecedented positions of power today, including a Black First Family, the gross delusion that Blacks must “work twice as hard” maintains equity within the Black community. Nevertheless, the unpopular and simple truth needs to be verbalized… Blacks are not expected to “work twice as hard.” This open secret is known to independent thinkers, unbiased observers, non-liberals, truly qualified individuals, and those who’ve escaped the crab barrel. In fact, society has routinely lowered the bar and expectations for Blacks in attempt to close the widening achievement gap. There’s a reason why Affirmative Action has become synonymous with Blacks even though it was designed for all minorities. Coincidentally, Morehouse is located in Atlanta, where the predominately Black school district’s students didn’t have to “work twice as hard” because the Black superintendent orchestrated the biggest cheating scandal in Georgia’s history to help them.
Florida’s board of education obviously disagrees with the fallacy of Blacks having to “work twice as hard,” as evidenced by their lowering of academic standards for Black students. Additionally, Florida only expects seventy-four percent of their Black pupils to be proficient in Math and Reading (at grade level or better) by the year 2018. As far as Florida’s expectations for its Asian/White/ Latino students, seventy-four percent is an unacceptable indication of underachievement; such status is reserved for Blacks. In Virginia, Black students seemingly don’t have to “work twice as hard” either because the state implemented educational goals for Blacks that are near the level of students with disabilities. According to npr.org, “Here’s what the Virginia state board of education actually did. It looked at students’ test scores in reading and math and then proposed new passing rates. In math it set an acceptable passing rate at 82 percent for Asian students, 68 percent for whites, 52 percent for Latinos, 45 percent for blacks and 33 percent for kids with disabilities.” The upside of Black students being placed at the bottom is that there’s nowhere else to go but up… unless “up” requires them to “work twice as hard.” One frustrating aspect of this ‘cater to the lowest denominator’ liberal ideology becomes apparent on graduation day. These schools don’t issue the coddled, Black graduates diplomas that reflect their pre-approved statuses for, academic shortcuts. Nope, they receive the same diploma (that used to be based on merit and successful comprehension of the core curriculum) as their diverse counterparts who were held to a higher standard. In other words, the Black students unfairly receive equal reward without equal effort. Despite this favorable dynamic, Black parents still audaciously warn their children, “As an African American, you have to work twice as hard as anyone else if you want to get by.”