The Washington Post had a commentary by Alfonzo Porter (honored as businessman of the year by the National Republican Congressional Committee) that criticizes the NAACP for filing a complaint against Fairfax County Public School system, specifically the Thomas Jefferson High School for Science and Technology. I have covered Thomas Jefferson on this blog before. Black students are passing the entrance exam but are accepted for admission at a very low level. The NAACP complaint is worth an investigation.
The NAACP alleges “that black and Latino students, as well as students with disabilities, are being shut out of Thomas Jefferson, or TJ, long before they apply in eighth grade because of Fairfax County Public Schools’ systematic failure to identify them for gifted-education programs that begin in elementary school.” Porter unjustly defends the status quo by criticizing Black parents and students.
Porter has a disappointing presupposition that schools like Thomas Jefferson are not for Black children. Porter provided a list of tired, yet enduring, stereotypes that apologize for the status quo (low numbers of Black students at Thomas Jefferson):
- Black students do not study.
- Smart Black youth are the exception.
- Black students only compete for or in athletics
- Black students cannot academically compete.
It’s sad that these images are still in the culture of the United States, just now it is delivered through the voice of an Alfonzo Porter.