Great story about people doin' it for themselves

The number of black students leaving college after the first year or failing is enormous. Finally someone is taking the matter seriously and doing something about it instead of just paying it lip service. Check out the Brothers On The Rise group at their Facebook page. I saw this story last night on Channel 13 with Kristian Brown and have contacted them to be on my show.
This is exactly what we've been talking about on WSPD for over six years now. It's people who are successful reaching out to those who need a hand, no government, just people who know what it's like to struggle, fail, and finally succeed.
Like Gil Scott-Heron said in the song I posted, it's about doing not talking.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Brothers-on-the-Rise/336013919770349

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Finally, you posted something positive, Fred, but this group isn't unique. Black fraternities and sororities have been doing this for decades with success stories. Also, there are organizations on most college campuses which have programs to retain students of all ethnic groups. I do appauld this group for their vision and efforts, but can they do what other groups have failed to do, change the attitude of White America that African Americans are fit to do things other than perform stage acts, slam a basketball or be their servants. Omega Psi Phi, Alpha Phi Alpha, and Kappa Alpha Psi fraternities have national and local programs and efforts that have been successful at reaching out to disinfranchised people and changing their lives in a positive way. So do sororities such as Alpha Kappa Alpha, Delta Sigma Theta and Beta Phi Beta. Most of these organizations have been around since the early 1900's and thrive today. The more involement the better.

The only thing I find negative about your post is that there is the implication that no one before this group organized took the problems seriously. Looking at the members of this new group I recognize several members are members of the Black fraternities and have been very active in creating positive differences for all Americans for years.

I had no idea that all this time you are the arbiter of what is negative and positive on this site. Personally I don't care if you find my posts negative, positive, racist, informative, stupid or any other adjective. You have no affect on my life other than the few minutes I spend making a fool of you on here.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

I really don't care about how you feel either, but I do enjoy trying to be a stone in your shoe.

You flatter yourself if you think you are even that.

Any statement I make is the opinion of me exercising my first amendment right to freedom of speech. Freedom of speech in the United States is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution and is generally permitted.

A responce from he who has a stone in his shoe.

Why does this story even exist?

Why must the media single out "black students leaving college" and create this story?

Why do "Black fraternities and sororities" even exist?

What would the "African American" community do if there were a "White Fraternitiy"?

Why do Black fraternities and sororities" voluntarily segregate themselves like that?

And how can you make the racist comment that "White America" thinks "that African Americans are fit to do things other than perform stage acts, slam a basketball or be their servants".

Face it, You, Prnhart and Willard are TEACHING racism by being racist. Your comments assuming "white America" sees "African Americans" as stage acts, basketball players or servants is offensive and racist.

So I am learning FROM YOU, what I am supposed to think of "African Americans" . I am learning to be a racist FROM YOU.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

There are Black Fraternties and Sororities because White Fraternities and White Sororities would not let Blacks become members.

There are thousands of White Fraternaties and Sororities. You don't have to go far. Go to Toledo University and BG their are plenty to pick from.

Black Fraternaties and Sororities don't segregate themselves. They admit White Americans, unlike many White fraternaties and sororities

If you find my satements offensive and racist, stop expecting Black people to entertain you, make you cheer at sporting events, and don't expect them to serve you coffee.

This story exists on SB because Fred decided to post it.

You can't learn how to be a racist from me. You can only decide to be a racist. It's your choice.

"Black Fraternaties and Sororities don't segregate themselves. They admit White Americans, unlike many White fraternaties and sororities"

Besides the ACLU suing the hell out of a "white" fraternaty and the media crucifying a "white" fraternaty, it's illegal under Civil Rights Act of 1875 (18 Stat. 335-337), and the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Pub.L. 88–352, 78 Stat. 241, enacted July 2, 1964) for ANY organization to discriminate. So your assumption that "Black Fraternaties and Sororities don't segregate themselves. They admit White Americans, unlike many White fraternaties and sororities" is racist and false.

Look at what you said. "Black Fraternaties and Sororities don't segregate themselves". If that were true, WHY do you call them "Black Fraternaties and Sororities"? Why wouldn't they just be "Fraternaties and Sororities"? Or are you saying there should also be "black only" drinking fountains etc?

You repeatedly have made the generalization that "white" people expect ""Black people to entertain you, make you cheer at sporting events, and don't expect them to serve you coffee."

And, since I assume you are black, is that what I am supposed to think of you? Is that all you expect from yourself? Are my "black" co-workers and bosses supposed to be 2nd class citizens like you seem to be making me think?

I haven't thought of race in the context you suggest UNTIL YOU SUGGESTED IT.

"You can't learn how to be a racist from me. You can only decide to be a racist. It's your choice."
Based on your obvious hatred of "whites", based on your obvious assumption that all whites are racist, based on the fact that you think it's OK condemn "whites" because there are fraternaties and/or soroities that do not happen to have "black" members that makes all whites racist.

I'm learning race relations from you. YOU are teaching me that I DO need to consider the color of a person's skin BECAUSE THAT IS WHAT YOU ARE DOING.

And, since I'm sure you are going to fire back saying you're not a racist white hater, you are teaching me that it is NOT racist to consider skin color.

So, to take a lesson from you, If you find my statements offensive and racist, stop expecting White people to continue taking your verbal abuse. It's your choice to continue this hatered and put it online for everyone to read that you think it's OK to consider skin color.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a
socialist.

There once was a fraternity called "The Mystic Knights of the Sea" that didn't have any White members, though

Which Mystic Knights of the Sea organization are you talking about. There were several. I assume that you are talking about Amos & Andy. As I recall the original Amos & Andy were two white guys prentending to Negroes on the radio.

Over the years I have read your posts. I'm not surprised at your denial. If you assume I am Black, that may be inaccurate. I could be White, Middle Eastern, Oriental, Hispanic. You'll never know for sure. I do know this for sure. I am an American Citizen. I was even born in this country on a farm in the Mid West over sixty years ago. My family raised corn and soybeans. In closing, I welcome verbal abuse rather than being lynched or burned just because someone doesn't like the way I look or my religion.

My experience in teaching college is that students who drop out typically do so for one of two reasons: 1) can't afford either the tuition and/or the textbooks or 2) aren't prepared for college-level work.

Although groups like Brothers on the Rise can't really do any harm (although if any taxpayer money is being used--it's being wasted), they really can't solve the problem of college drop-out rates. My experience with getting undergraduate and graduate degrees is that preparation, motivation, and persistence are the keys to college success.

Although I notice this in a much larger percentage of black students, today's college students in general are less likely to possess any/all of those traits. It really does start at home by valuing education.

You are right on point with this one, Galt.

You don't suppose that graduating from TPS shcools and reading at a third grade level has anything to do with it, do you, Galt?

I'm sure it has everything to do with it--that's the "preparation" part.

I had the pleasure of speaking with a student who is taking advantage of the guidance that Brothers on the Rise is offering. I was really impressed with this young man and his intelligence and vision. He explained to me the efforts that the organization is making. From what he said, I applaud the organization. It sounds like the organization is doing more than just talking. I hope they can succeed,

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