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8 ‘Black People Don’ts’ That Need to Be Eradicated


Black People Don’t Read

A total myth. Nearly everyone has read the quote: “Want to hide something from Black people, put it in a book.” The reality is that Blacks read per capita more than any other racial group. According to the Pew Research Internet Project, 81 percent of Blacks 18 or older are likely to read a book a year, leading all racial groups. Whites were 76 percent likely and Hispanics 67 percent. Additionally, The African-American Literary Guide notes that there are more than 250,000 Black book clubs in America.


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Black People Don’t Go to Therapy

There was a time, decades ago, when it was considered a sign of weakness to seek professional help. Black people took their burdens to God or the church. Times have changed. The bestselling book by Terrie Williams — “Black Pain: It Just Looks Like We’re Not Hurting” — addressed depression in a Black person visiting a psychologist to talk through issues. “I’ve seen an increasing number of African-Americans who feel increasingly less stigmatized about coming in and seeking therapy and who also recognize the healing power of therapy,” Jeffrey Gardere, a psychologist in private practice and assistant professor of behavioral medicine at Touro College of Osteopathic Medicine in New York City, told The Washington Post. He added he has seen a 20 percent to 25 percent increase in the last decade in African-Americans seeking therapy.


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  1. Nzingha Shabaka says:

    The stats on black people reading, obviously, it is not the children. We are told 70% of black children reads below they grade level. Of course we don't have to believe that, but when we see large percentages of black children failing achievment test that is one of the major problems, if students cannoot read, they cannot understand questions put before them. Having said that, there is a reason black children hate to read in their schools, we need to understand 98% of content and narrative about Afuraka and Afurakan people are written by whites and their descendants. All the schools are control by whites, and most of the books do not show people in the books who look like them, therefore, it causes them to reject the books and reading, because it insults their self esteem. Most of the content in the books are racist, and bigot, poorly written, and Eurocentric. The bottomline, propoganda, they use books to control black children minds. We need black history in the curriculum, written by blacks, that will help to influence black children to want to read, and be excited about reading. At my grandchild's school, I asked the Librarian to give me the number of blacks books in the library, out of tens of thousands of books in the library, there were only 300 black books, and I did not confirm if these books were strictly black books. 300 books, to share among pre K – Through 5 th grade. If black parents don't get up and demand that the curriculum includes black history, and more black books in the library, there will never be a change in our children's reading abilities. They need to be fluent readers, it is a must, or they will be left behind in life.

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