A survey of 6,008 South Los Angeles high school students shows that many are frightened by violence in school, deeply dissatisfied with their choices of college preparatory classes, and -- perhaps most striking -- exhibit symptoms of clinical depression.
"A lot of students are depressed because of the conditions in their school," said Anna Exiga, a junior at Jordan High School who was one of the organizers of the survey. "They see that their school is failing them, their teachers are failing them, there's racial tension and gang violence, and also many feel that their schools are not schools -- their schools look more like prisons."
The survey, released late Thursday, was conducted in seven South L.A. public schools...
Two thirds of the students, nearly all of whom were African American or Latino, said they wanted their schools to offer more ethnic studies classes.
The schools surveyed are among the lowest performing in the Los Angeles Unified School District and are in an area where dissatisfaction with the traditional public school system is driving many students into charter schools.
But Jordan High Principal Stephen Strachan took exception to some of the results, saying the survey was skewed to provoke negative responses. He said his school has made great strides in preparing students for college and has created a "safe haven" from a violent community.
Races in Los Angeles:
- Hispanic (46.5%)
- White Non-Hispanic (29.7%)
- Other race (25.7%)
- Black (11.2%)
- Two or more races (5.2%)
- Filipino (2.7%)
- Korean (2.5%)
- Chinese (1.7%)
- American Indian (1.4%)
- Japanese (1.0%)
- Other Asian (0.9%)
- Asian Indian (0.7%)
- Vietnamese (0.5%)
(It needs to be noted that "White" as defined by the census includes North Africans and Middle Easterners, so the percentage of White -as in people of European descent- is actually lower than indicated)
Mayor Richard Daley said Saturday Chicago police officers will he armed with high-powered assault rifles when they're on the streets fighting gangs and other criminals.
"Many times they're outgunned, to be very frank," Daley said at an event in the Englewood neighborhood. "When they come to a scene, someone has a semi fully-automatic weapon and you have a little pistol, uh, good luck."
Races in Chicago:
- Black (36.8%)
- White Non-Hispanic (31.3%)
- Hispanic (26.0%)
- Other race (13.6%)
- Two or more races (2.9%)
- Chinese (1.1%)
- Filipino (1.0%)
- Asian Indian (0.9%)
- American Indian (0.7%)
- Other Asian (0.5%)
Robert Putnam of Harvard became an academic celebrity in 2000 with his book, Bowling Alone, which argued that society is in dire straits because so many community attachments are breaking down. Americans are increasingly mobile and isolated, with few group affiliations.
He later analyzed census and survey data to find out what role racial diversity plays in all this—whether it deepens attachment to community or further atomizes people. To his dismay, he found that racial and ethnic diversity destroys trust in neighbors and institutions.
Prof. Putnam did not like these findings, and was in no hurry to publish them, but a reporter for the Financial Times may have forced his hand. In an article that appeared on October 9, 2006, John Lloyd quoted Prof. Putnam as saying that he was studying ways to compensate for the bad effects of diversity and that it “would have been irresponsible to publish without that.”
It doesn't take particular wisdom or insight to look around the world and see that the most "diverse" and "multicultural" areas have more conflict, poverty, disease and civilizational stagnation than homogeneous areas.
Nor to notice that when America was 90% White in the 1960's we were technologically dominant, economically dominant and had the most stable society around.
2008 America (which is about 55% White) has a crumbling infrastructure, failing economy and a blossoming third world atmosphere in every major city (quickly spreading into rural towns and counties).
It's no coincidence that racially homogeneous Japan and China are on the ascent, while multicultural America is on the descent.
Considering the violence, poverty, disease, crime and corruption that plagues EVERY SINGLE "DIVERSE" SOCIETY ON EARTH, it takes a rather perverse mind to believe that "diversity" is something to aspire towards...