Finally, I’ve been thinking a lot about the concept of affirmative action, lately. Our efforts to lower standards for black people greatly exceed our efforts to raise blacks to higher standards in areas such as placement test stores and high school graduation rates. Of course, one can understand how this is merely an effort to be “inclusive.”But everyone interested in “inclusion” seems to gloss over the fact that black/white differences are not all about race. This is obvious because black women outperform black men on many important dimensions of educational attainment. I know that we don’t want to criticize black men for fear of inflaming the emotions of certain black men (I will not mention any names like Al, or Jesse, or Louis). But isn’t it racist to just accept the poor performance of black men without addressing the intervening factor of gender? Doesn’t that cause some people to focus on genes when they should be focused on culture?
We’ve all heard of the concept of “homophobia,” which I argue contributes to stereotypes of gays as hypersensitive and emotionally unstable. Maybe it’s time to talk about a thing I call “homie-phobia” and how it hurts our perceptions of black males in the age of “tolerance” and “diversity.”