7) You Don’t Expect High Performance from Blacks
As a teacher, I saw this every day with kids and parents who think merely passing is good enough. “What do I have to do to get a D?” was the most common question asked by students, or some version of that question. I also see this brainwashing when I hear black women say, “I will never work for a black woman.” I always ask the black women who say this, “So if you were a boss, would you be a bad boss?” Then there are blacks who say, “I’m going to give my business to the white man because they do the job right.” Just because you’ve had many bad experiences, doesn’t mean all white people perform quality work, and it doesn’t mean all black people perform poorly. I must also add a scientific principle to this: What we expect from people is often what we see and get from people. Before the slave trade even began in America, Europeans depicted Africans as inferior. But it’s not just entertainment media that portrays this, it’s so called scientific and academic media. In the book, Burrell quotes:
Many prominent biologists, sociologists, psychologists, and anthropologists dedicated their scholarly lives to proving the moral and intellectual inferiority of Africans and their descendants to justify the racism endemic in U.S. institutions.
My former students made many comments that proved the persistent belief in the inferiority of blacks.