ERIC Number: ED360423
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1993-Apr
Reference Count: N/A
A Wake-Up Call for Middle-Class Black America.
Phelps, Donald G.
Many have regarded the recent civil disturbances in Los Angeles (California) as a wake-up call, a warning that the deterioration of America's cities, education systems, and public services, and the continuing decline of the underclass may result in a race war that could destroy society. The wake-up call is directed primarily at middle-class black America, specifically at females, because African American women constitute 52 percent of the black adult population and far outnumber black men in administrative positions in higher education. The undeclared but obvious alienation between poor and middle income blacks may be one of the gravest by-products of upward mobility in black America. Black people have to begin relying on themselves again, using the initiative and energy that have characterized the black struggle in a legally segregated nation. No institution in society has ever been an adequate substitute for strong, responsible, intelligent, and loving parents. In inner-city families, some children, without parental guidance, have turned to gangs and drugs. A renewal of independence in the black community begins with parents and their participation in the schools. Community colleges have an important role to play through demanding high achievement and setting standards. The wake-up call to black Americans can only be sounded by the black community. (SLD)
Descriptors: Black Community, Black Culture, Black Education, Black Family, Community Colleges, Disadvantaged Youth, Educational Responsibility, Females, Higher Education, Inner City, Middle Class, Parent Influence, Parent Participation, Parent Responsibility, Social Differences, Social Mobility, Urban Problems, Violence
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers - Location: California (Los Angeles)