When Black High School Students Fear For Their Safety, Preparing For College is Not Their Priority:
It is obvious that when one' s personal safety is in question, it is difficult to concentrate on academic matters. Hundreds of thousands, if not millions, of black students in the nation' s public schools must constantly look over their shoulder rather than look down at their textbooks or up at their teachers in the front of the classroom.
Consider the following statistics from the Justice Department report, National Crime Victimization Survey:
In 2003, 342,700 black students ages 12 to 18 were
victimized by crime while at school. More than 132,000 black
students at secondary schools were victims of violent crime. Of
these, 28,000 black students were the victims of serious violent
crimes such as rape, sexual assault, or robbery. Blacks were
nearly twice as likely as whites to be victims of serious
violent crimes while at school.
For black students preparing for college in our nation' s high schools, it' s tough to hit the books when they' re worried about getting hit.