let’s defend them as forcefully as we would if they were threatened with racial violence or police brutality. And let’s resolve to communicate to our boys that we expect as much of them academically as we do of our girls, and reward them accordingly. The answer is not to lower expectations of black girls, but to raise them for our boys.
Finally, I challenge each and every reader of BLACK ENTERPRISE to personally intervene in the life of at least one young black male, and make it your mission to help him to commit to higher education as a goal and prepare for college. Let’s make 2006 the year we free our boys from the slavery of mediocrity and low expectations.
From all of us here at BE, we wish you a healthy, happy, and prosperous new year.