Originally Posted by AndrewsMother
Because as a black person in the 1930's, 40's and 50's the only way to move above and beyond menial work was to have a higher level of education.
Call it snobbery or whatever you would like, but I still believe that this is true.
A college education provides options and opens doors that are shut without them. I can't imagine doing anything in life, that would fullfil me personally, that does not require a graduate degree. "I" would be miserable without that option. Others might not. Why not get the degree and realize that it is needed instead of never getting it and needing one.
AM, I get this sentiment but I disagree in a way. I know that there are challenges that my children will face because they are Black however I don't want them to ever feel that because they are Black
, they must do certain things even if they don't want to because it's the only
way they can make something of themselves in a racist world. I think that's too limiting. Especially since even with the degrees, they will still face all kinds of opposition simply because of their race. Why not pursue what they are truly passionate about (and if it's higher education, so be it)? That way, when they do come upon racism, it mitigates the pain and frustration.
I totally get the importance of education for Black people. As I've said before, education is what took my father out of an extremely poor village in Nigeria and got him to the U.S. But at his age now, his degrees are not really applicable to what he's doing now and he's doing what he's passionate about. For him, the degrees served as a means to an end. So I understand what you're saying.
What I'm happy about is that nowadays, things have changed significantly at least in this country. It's not the same as it was 50 years ago although we still face lots of challenges. I have to say, even though I'm a skeptic, things have changed because 50 years ago, there's no way in hell a person of color would be president. It's not all a bed of roses now but . . . it's different--Better. Especially for us living in the U.S. Were I living in a different country, I don't think I'd have the same attitude). Better. Higher education, while worthwhile, IMHO, doesn't have to be the only way out (neither does hip-hop or basketball for that matter) especially for smart, gifted, talented, energetic, enterprising, outgoing folks willing to work hard and network, network, network, hustle, hustle, hustle (legally, of course). But it certainly can be. I'm down to support any way that gives my babies the fulfillment and joy they want. But, to be sure, there must always be a well-thought out, bulletproof plan. And then a back-up. Because honestly, no child of mine is going to tell me he's not going to college and not give me a realistic, productive alternative and think I'm going to be a-ok with that.