We are not poor and dumb, writes Areva Martin:
According to the National Center of Education Statistics/U.S. Census, more than half of all black women, specifically between the ages of 18 and 24, are enrolled in college, and black women overall outpace other race and gender groups in terms of college enrollment. Black women also earned the highest number of degrees amongst all racial/ethnic groups during the study’s period of 2009-2010. Black women earned 68% of associate’s degrees; 66% of bachelor’s degrees; 71% of master’s degrees; and 65% of doctor’s degrees earned by black students.
And thanks, Cynical, for the link.
Cannot dispute Martin’s argument here. Even though I have had issue with some of her arguments in the past. (Surprised?)
But I think Trump’s question to Black voters, however inaccurate and politically incorrect, is a powerful statement that has yet to be adequately addressed by his opposition. Clinton’s “Everything” ad doesn’t cut it. Not even close. The Black Community deserves intelligent answers from The Democratic Party and “progressives” in general if they’re to be expected to turn out in strong numbers against nationalism come November. I don’t think they’re getting it.
Black women in particular, the most highly educated demographic in America right now…a population that has clawed its way to that point through multiple Administrations, institutionalized racism, and decades of culture wars…a population that, despite its successes, still experiences social and political marginalization, and victimization, in the neoliberal era…deserve a clear and distinct answer to that question from a neoliberal Democratic Party that claims to adhere to a Black Lives Matter principle.
Martin’s statement doesn’t address that issue. Illustrating the incorrectness of Trump’s rhetoric isn’t good enough. It avoids the question.
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