Monday, April 28, 2008

Rev. Jeremiah Wright - one man demolition team:

In the comment thread for Kevin Drum's post about Wright's NAACP appearance, are these remarks:
Wright's speech this morning was pretty good, but then he completely threw Obama under the bus during the Q&A. I was stunned. I went into a place where I do volunteer work afterwards and everyone was talking about it. It was one of the most selfish things that I have ever seen. One of the black female anchors on MSNBC said her blackberry was going crazy with messages from her black friends about how Wright was single handly destroying Obama's campaign.

For those of you who defend his NAACP speech, are you going to write letters of apology to CHarles Murray who wrote the Bell Curve now? Because Wright was espousing the same racist nonsense that Murray does: that Black children learn in different ways than white children because of genetics.
What's that last part about? From the transcript of his speech:
[citing Dr. Janice Hale] European and European-American children have a left brained cognitive object oriented learning style and the entire educational learning system in the United States of America.

Left brain is logical and analytical. Object oriented means the student learns from an object. [Beginning with] the solitude of the cradle with objects being hung over his or her head to help them determine colors and shape ...

That is one way of learning, but it is only one way of learning.

African and African-American children have a different way of learning.

They are right brained, subject oriented in their learning style. Right brain that means creative and intuitive. Subject oriented means they learn from a subject, not an object. They learn from a person.
Good to know that African-Americans are less capable of learning via logical and analytical methods. He's saying that they are, by nature, less able to comprehend mathematics (which is overwhelmingly logic and analytics). Talk about perpetuating a stereotype! Charles Murray would be proud.

ALSO: Obama is half-black and half-white. How would Wright characterize the appropriate pedagogical approach to someone like that?


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