One statement bugged me though.
Bernard Scott is the only person in his family who graduated and pursued
But the 22-year-old said he still got rebuked by white professors and teachers who were more preoccupied with whether his pants were hanging low and he wore a hooded sweatshirt.
"I'm here, in college, and that's the only thing you're worried about?" said Scott, who attended Admiral Farragut Academy in St. Petersburg and graduated in May from Assumption College in Massachusetts with a degree in management. "The problem is not sagging. They're worried about the wrong thing."True, he was at the college to get a higher education, and learning was far more important than what he had on. But his how he presented himself was also important. At 22 years of age, a young man should know that it is time to leave behind childish things and to dress like an adult. Adults, trying to move forward into the business world do not wear sagging pants and hooded sweatshirts.
Let's look at a couple of people people who sell hooded sweatshirts:
Is that too much to ask for our young men? Dress like rap star wannabees when you are hanging out when your friends and even practicing your music skills, but dress like future business men in the classroom.
I am sorry, but as a black woman and the mother and aunt of young black men, nothing makes my eyes bleed more than to see pants buckled below the buttocks. I can't have a serious conversation with a young man who is showing me his rear end. I imagine many teachers have the same issue.
So while I understand the points of the young men who feel ignored and pushed out of schools, I offer you this challenge. Dress like you are there for business and see if there is a marked improvement in the way you are treated. If after taking that step, teachers are still ignnoring you, then you have every right to make a stink about it.
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