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August 19, 2004

Keeping It Right

I'm adding a new category to my blog today in order to do something that I've been meaning to do for a while, which is to introduce and keep track of outstanding individuals and groups that smack me in the face as being Old School and/or Conservative Blacks and/or Black Republicans. This serves two primary purposes. One of them is to satisfy my packrat proclivities and organize something which I have failed to organize so far. The side effect of that will be to allow everyone else easy access to the same pile. And the other is equally self-serving which is to create a mountain of examples which deflect the ever increasingly tiresome questions about how/why and to what extent am I 'being' all that I claim to be. Ask them too.

Today I spotlight Tavares Forby, the young man who runs the newly hatched Blackpundit.com. He says:

I have very few black friends that I can talk mathematics, physics, politics, or other abstract subjects with. These are very powerful subjects that change the world. One night I went to go see the second Matrix at a theatre near UCSD. I got there about 40 minutes early because it was the first night it came out. During that 40 minutes before the move, I looked around the theatre and all I saw was a lot of Asian and White college kids with there text books open, using their TI-89, or had their laptop open doing some type of school work. I was amazed (besides the fact I was the only black there). And I thought to myself, how come I never see this in the black community? How can we get African Americans to shift some of their interest into something outside of their own? Maybe making these other interests look cool or a focus on changing the views of our younger African American generation can make a difference. Whatever the answer is, we need to get back in the race!

We're with you Tavares and we've got your back and I am pledging my support of the Keeping It Right network to insure that our folks are hooked up properly. At the very least, I can start placing some people in all the tech jobs people keep throwing at me over at my other site, Cubegeek.

Posted by mbowen at August 19, 2004 02:20 PM

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Hey, thanks!!!


Posted by: Tavares Forby at August 19, 2004 02:33 PM

That account smells.

Posted by: DarkStar at August 19, 2004 07:31 PM

Huh? What?

Posted by: Cobb at August 19, 2004 08:06 PM

Maybe DarkStar means the post in question.

Posted by: George at August 20, 2004 02:16 PM

I meant the account given in the post.

I haven't seen Blacks, whites, or Asians studying in a theatre line. I have seen people break out the books when they are camping out in line for concert tickets.

Posted by: DarkStar at August 20, 2004 02:21 PM

Suppose the account is apocryphal.

Are you rejecting the message? Throwing out the baby with the bathwater?

Where are study habits learned? Are they learned equally well by Asians, Euros, & Blacks?

I'm not talking the anecdotal individual here. I'm talking the median of each group.

Posted by: True_Liberal at August 22, 2004 12:03 AM

Where are study habits learned? Are they learned equally well by Asians, Euros, & Blacks?

If that's the intended message then more realistic situations should have been used.

It came across as hyperbole.

Study habits are learned at home. The sad part about group comparisons in this area, is that the study habits of "Asians" are cherry-picked as is the "group performance" of "Asians."

Posted by: DarkStar at August 22, 2004 06:25 AM

A piece of the puzzle, thanks to Hispanicpundit:


Posted by: True_Liberal at August 23, 2004 03:03 PM

well well, another black republican attributing his successes to his conservatism. Well i grew up black and poor in Seattle. And i made it in life. Economically succesful,mathematics and physics enthusiast and liberal and proud of it. So one doesnt need to be conservative to make it outta the ghetto. Not everyone is in way over his head on this freemarkets bullshit.

Posted by: steve O at September 8, 2004 03:51 AM

The world is Newtonian until you look close enough. So you can be comfortable at your distance.

Posted by: Cobb at September 8, 2004 07:30 AM