Bob Herbert blames black youth culture for underachievement.
The cultural pressure to behave in ways that are detrimental and even destructive go well beyond the classroom. Several young boys have told me about their desire to gain experience as street hustlers so they can someday cash in as “authentic” gangsta rap stars.
. . . These are not small issues. They are the day-to-day reality for millions of people, in most cases good and talented people who have had an already tough road made tougher by self-imposed roadblocks, and bad advice from their peers.
Herbert doesn’t blame underfunded schools or indifferent whites or even George W. Bush. Remarkable.