Politically, John McWhorter and I aren't on the same page. I agree with him on race issues, though:
Black teenagers often see school as “White,” writes John McWhorter, a Columbia University linguistics professor, in the New York Times.
He blames the in-your-face, macro-aggressive racism of the past for persuading students that studying hard is disloyal to your race or “racially inauthentic.”
That sort of racism is over, McWhorter writes. Black students should be told they can do well in school, if they “do the work"...
McWhorter believes “it is more progressively Black to ask why we can’t seek for Black kids to get better on the tests.”
Type "McWhorter" in the search box at the top or bottom of this page to see other posts I've written about him, especially after seeing/hearing him speak at this past summer's Freedom Fest in Rapid City.