50 Years after Brown vs. Board of Education: Not Yet Equal!

De facto segregation still exists in America. But has sitting next to a white child helped black students learn?

(PRWEB) May 20, 2004 -- 50 years after Brown vs. Board legally opened the doors for blacks to attend white schools, blacks and whites live separate lives today more than ever. Should the de facto segregation of America be addressed legally?

"We have forgotten that integration was not the ends but the means,” asserts Joseph Jett, author of the new book Broken Bonds. “If economic and intellectual competitiveness was the goal of Brown, it has failed miserably. The integrated classroom shunts nearly 30% of minority students into special education, while the “gifted” minority student is largely dependent on affirmative action to enter college. A cold hard look in the mirror would show the legal system is no longer the main problem. This is a failure of Black leadership. It is a failure on our part to promote intellectual competitiveness to our children. Until the hours our children spend on their homework greatly exceeds that spent on a basketball court, the failure of black education rests squarely on our shoulders. It is a matter of discipline. It is a matter of pride.”

In Broken Bonds, two-time MIT graduate and Harvard MBA Jett contends that the bonds of slavery have yet to be broken. “We remain a dependent people because we have never come to grips with the underlying culture of slavery that poisons so many aspects of African-American life. Our leadership, this hegemony of Negro priest-kings that the media says speaks for all African-Americans, has failed us. We must recall that the priesthood is parasitical by its nature. They value being given, rather than to earn. They have promoted policies such as welfare and affirmative action as gifts that they won from the white man. In truth, there has never been a more effective Trojan Horse than the twin gifts of welfare and affirmative action. Welfare destroyed the Black family; affirmative action destroys Black intellectual pride. The bonds of slavery, the bonds of Black dependency on handouts must be broken if the promise of Brown is ever to be realized.”

In colleges, Blacks are virtually absent from science, math and engineering classes to which other minorities flock to avoid the discrimination of subjective grading. In addition, Jett contends the jobs of the future will belong to the tech savvy. “And we aren’t even in the classroom,” says Jett. “Why not require affirmative action entrants to major in engineering or a hard science? This would a far more intelligent approach than Rev. Jesse Jackson’s proposal that high-tech companies hire minorities having no technical skills.”

Broken Bonds is a no-holds barred look at the failure of Black leadership and in it a new voice for Black progress emerges. Shattering the old paradigms, Jett picks up the fallen standard of Black pride and holds it aloft as both a beacon and a challenge to African-Americans.

Broken Bonds can be order online at http://www.brokenbonds.com and at http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/097081013X/. Or write to Cambridge Matrix Publications, 61 Fourth Avenue, Suite 299, New York, NY 10003. The price is $34.95 plus $3.85 shipping/handling. A nationwide author tour is scheduled to begin in early June 2004. The title has been allocated a generous advertising budget.

Hollywood producing luminaries Wendy Finerman (Forrest Gump, Stepmom, The Fan), Spike Lee (Malcolm X, Do the Right Thing, She's Gotta Have It), and Patrick McCormick (Peter Pan, Boys on the Side, Donnie Brasco) have all expressed interest in Jett's story.

About the Author: Joseph Jett is no stranger to fame. He is named in over 667 books. His early career at General Electric’s Kidder Peabody investment bank is the subject of over 113 case studies taught across the globe in the world’s top business schools. A hedge fund manager and speaker, Jett is a frequent television commentator on the financial markets and issues of African-American culture. He has appeared on Sixty Minutes, The Today Show, Good Morning America, Your World w/ Neil Cavuto, MoneyLine w/ Lou Dobbs, A&E’s Biography, and At Large w/Geraldo Rivera to mention just a few. He has debated such notables as Rev. Al Sharpton and Rev. Jesse Jackson and has aided the start-up of over 200 minority-owned businesses. Jett starred in the BBC production, Blood on the Carpet, and was portrayed by actor Courtney Vance in the Law and Order episode, “Rage”. The Financial Times said of him: But above all he appears to have remarkable strength of will. It is not that a lesser man would have been crushed by his experience; most normal people probably would not have survived at all.

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