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Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir
For many reasons, meeting Stan was a life-changing experience that reminded me that but for the earnest prayers of my mother, and the grace of God, as a black man, I too could have been one of the four black men in prison, on probation, or on parole.
I was blessed to have the personal encounter with Stan, but for all those who will never be able to witness his courage, conviction, and commitment to prevent young people from taking the same path he did, you can experience some of that pain and passion throughout this book, Blue Rage, Black Redemption.
-- Tavis Smiley
Los Angeles, 2007
Foreword copyright © 2007 by Tavis Smiley
Excerpted from Blue Rage, Black Redemption: A Memoir by Stanley Tookie Williams, Stanley 'Tookie' Williams
Education expert Henry Giroux tells Bill public schools are suffering from an overemphasis on academic testing as teachers are stripped of their powers, in schools with disciplinary systems that resemble prisons. “The discipline, particularly in these urban schools for the poor, it’s not controlled by the administration, they’re controlled by the police.” Giroux tells Bill. ”This is an expression of a racist logic that has now seeped directly into schools.”
Zero Tolerance Policies Earn A Big Fat "F"
It was also believed that removing misbehaving students would lead to the creation of a school climate more conducive to learning for remaining students. But the opposite was found. Schools with higher rates of school suspensions or expulsions had lower ratings on school climate surveys. Moreover, recent research by the UCLA Civil Rights Project indicates that higher suspensions or expulsions rates mean lower academic achievement.
Under a new program adopted by the Broward County School District, non-violent misdemeanors — even those that involve alcohol, marijuana or drug paraphernalia — will now be handled by the schools instead of the police.