We have a serious problem differentiating between education in the practical sense of the word and what we have today — diploma mills called college. They guarantee most of us nothing. Going to college is no guarantee to success or a pathway out of poverty for the majority of poor Black and Brown people. It’s a place to get saddled with lots of debt. Debt that can last (and even outlast) a person’s lifetime. College, just like most if not all of America’s systems, are not fair nor are they equally accessible to all. We need to continue to talk about racism, classism, and the myth of the American dream.

Hell no — everybody can’t be anything they want to be. And no — we can’t all pull ourselves up by our bootstraps. Especially when the men and women of privilege can use their money to have someone do all the walking and warring for them to get that leg up. I grew up learning I had three strikes against me the day I was born. I was poor, Black and I was a female. Poor parenting and White entitlement made sure I stayed in my place. I can’t count the times I’ve been denied because of the color of my skin though I can’t prove it. There are some things we People of Color just know — and a slight is one of them.

This academic fraud disclosure just confirms what we Black people and poor people already know. Whiteness will do anything to make they have what they need to “make it” in America, to include having test taken for their kids.

Meanwhile, we poor Black folks are stuck with No Child Left Behind which closed thousands of public schools in our communities across America because our kids can’t pass high stakes standardized tests (rigor). We don’t have the resources. We didn’t get the equal footing or the bootstraps because the value of a parents’ home determines the resources allocated to a school district. And that shit (the valuation of homes and property in Black and Brown communities) is rigged too.

These families couldn’t afford to pay someone to take their kids’ tests for them.

Ain’t life grand — if you got some bands. It’s sickening.

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