B.O. made like Bill C.:
On the campaign trail, Democratic front-runner Sen. Barack Obama . . . drew wild cheers as he told a mostly African-American crowd that parents need to shape up, turn off the TV, help their kids with their homework and stop letting them grow fat eating Popeyes chicken for breakfast.
“It’s not good enough for you to say to your child, ‘Do good in school,’ and then when that child comes home, you got the TV set on, you got the radio on, you don’t check their homework, there is not a book in the house, you’ve got the video game playing,” said Obama while in Beaumont, in southeast Texas.
“So turn off the TV set, put the video game away. Buy a little desk or put that child by the kitchen table. Watch them do their homework. If they don’t know how to do it, give them help. If you don’t know how to do it, call the teacher. Make them go to bed at a reasonable time. Keep them off the streets. Give ‘ em some breakfast. . . .
He’d go big in Oak Park (IL), where getting black kids to score as high as whites is a big issue. Nothing in this Lynn Sweet column about catching up to whites, however. Good. It can’t be the issue, though it’s ballyhooed as such in OP, where “the gap” has magic.
OK. Say you want blacks not just to score better but (explicitly) as well as whites. OK. Get them to act white. Let every black parent post on the bathroom mirror the new slogan for black betterment, “ACT WHITE.” That should do it.
If the black p. says f—– it, as many will, then so be it. We whites can’t say we didn’t try. Black is beautiful anyway, so what’s the problem?