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Black teen girls voice their struggles | The Columbus Dispatch

There are 23 comments on the Columbus Dispatch story from Mar 29, 2011, titled Black teen girls voice their struggles | The Columbus Dispatch. In it, Columbus Dispatch reports that:

For nearly two hours, Janae' Littlejohn and other black teenage girls told the researcher about the worlds they navigate every day.

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MLS

Grove City, OH

#1 Mar 29, 2011
As long as blacks look to Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Obama for direction, nothing's going to change. Once they start teaching their kids to look at Clarence Thomas, Condoleessa Rice, and Bill Cosby as role models, things will. It's a matter of wanting to be a dependent victim or independent success. I guess it's just easier to be a victim.
hamburger pimp

Columbus, OH

#2 Mar 29, 2011
What struggles? If they can dress well and act middle class, young black women are about the only people likely to get a job in today's economy.
ImUrPO

Wellington, OH

#3 Mar 29, 2011
Please tell me this is a JOKE !!

I can only hope my tax dollars aren't going to this.
ImUrPO

Wellington, OH

#4 Mar 29, 2011
MLS wrote:
As long as blacks look to Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Obama for direction, nothing's going to change. Once they start teaching their kids to look at Clarence Thomas, Condoleessa Rice, and Bill Cosby as role models, things will. It's a matter of wanting to be a dependent victim or independent success. I guess it's just easier to be a victim.
Didn't Bill Cosby beat up his Wife ?
Publius

Columbus, OH

#5 Mar 29, 2011
Hmmmm. We've got to figure out a wy to blame 'whitey' for this....I know the answer is "more money", it always is. But how do we blame 'whitey'... that is the perplexing question.
GlitterSucks

Columbus, OH

#6 Mar 29, 2011
ImUrPO wrote:
Please tell me this is a JOKE !!
I can only hope my tax dollars aren't going to this.
Of course they are, silly rabbit! Where else would the money come from other than our pocketbooks? Apparently, you did not get the memo that the middle class has unlimited funding to support schools, studies like this, tax increases, etc. Who cares if you have food on your table and a roof over your head?
HonestlyHonest

Columbus, OH

#7 Mar 29, 2011
Black teen girls voicing their struggles.. we all have struggles. It's just a matter of being intelligent and carrying yourself in a way that is acceptable to society. Being loud and ghetto while living on welfare and having a million babies by a million men isn't going to create sympathy from me.
From the Powell Bubble

Portsmouth, OH

#8 Mar 29, 2011
THis is the most redicules study I've read about in a long time. ABsolutly absurd!!!! Like little white girls are not just as vulnerable. HOnestly, whoever approved this should be shot in one of those drive bys. I have no issue with black people except the people who are always trying to say how bad it still is. Live in my old whitey shoes for a day or two then tell me how bad it is!!
Not stupid

Westland, MI

#9 Mar 29, 2011
Why are racist studies like this allowed?

All teen girls have issues, just ask their poor mothers!
Wachu talkin bout Willis

Hilliard, OH

#10 Mar 29, 2011
I think our government should just apologize and throw more money at the problem. That should solve it. More free handouts please.
Russell

Brecksville, OH

#11 Mar 29, 2011
ImUrPO wrote:
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Didn't Bill Cosby beat up his Wife ?
No.
I think it is great

Columbus, OH

#12 Mar 29, 2011
These girls are trying to rise above their cirumstances and better themselves. I applaud them for doing this, both for themselves and the good of the greater community. They are setting a good example for others and should praised, not trashed. You go girls!
The 1

Columbus, OH

#13 Mar 29, 2011
Balls Deep

Grove City, OH

#14 Mar 29, 2011
There are not 'victims' to poverty and social immobility. Those are self-induced problems.
Huh

Columbus, OH

#15 Mar 29, 2011
This article is interesting. It talks about poverty then says she goes to Gahanna Christian Academy. I'm confused.
Details

Columbus, OH

#16 Mar 29, 2011
MLS wrote:
As long as blacks look to Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Obama for direction, nothing's going to change. Once they start teaching their kids to look at Clarence Thomas, Condoleessa Rice, and Bill Cosby as role models, things will. It's a matter of wanting to be a dependent victim or independent success. I guess it's just easier to be a victim.
Obama is our President. Even if you don't like him, you have to admit he is intelligent and accomplished. Don't lump him in with Jessie Jackson and Al Sharpton. Don't you remember when he addressed the black youth and said they need to be responsible, value education, and not think they are gonna be the next Lil' Wayne?
latte thunder

Columbus, OH

#17 Mar 29, 2011
As a Black woman, I am offended by this!

My life is full of drugs, violence, and pregnancy? What? UH, thanks for letting me know? I certainly wasn't aware.

Drugs, violence and pregnancy are symptoms of POVERTY and not RACE. I don't know ANYONE (black or white) who grew up surrounded by these struggles BECAUSE of their race. It is true that minorities tend to be poorer (but I mean really, it takes a few generations to rise out of poverty regardless of race, and blacks especially have had recent handicaps) but in order to protect these girls we need to work at alleviating poverty for all! Making it a racial issue doesn't solve anything, in fact it makes it worse! This is how being black becames equated with being a victim.

This is so patronizing to all black women, and the idiots at the dispatch and the idiot researchers should be ashamed of themselves for perpetuating this stereotype!
Chelsa

Delaware, OH

#18 Mar 29, 2011
There needs to be more young black girls with the out look on life as the , Christian sophomore and Janae .
I would not call it stereotyping young black girls I would say it is almost a fact they are the majority that are drop outs and teenage mothers before 18 yrs. and that receive government aid and continue bringing fatherless children into the world .

However,Janae is a role model and need a whole lot more like her
Russell

Brecksville, OH

#19 Mar 29, 2011
Details wrote:
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Don't you remember when he addressed the black youth and said they need to be responsible, value education, and not think they are gonna be the next Lil' Wayne?
So? I remember when Nancy Reagan said "Just say no." That worked out real well, didn't it?

Talk is cheap, and politicians spend a lot of money on it.
Darryl

United States

#20 Mar 29, 2011
MLS wrote:
As long as blacks look to Jessie Jackson, Al Sharpton and Obama for direction, nothing's going to change. Once they start teaching their kids to look at Clarence Thomas, Condoleessa Rice, and Bill Cosby as role models, things will. It's a matter of wanting to be a dependent victim or independent success. I guess it's just easier to be a victim.
This paragraph, as misguided as it may be, sums up the problem. Black children don't need national role models, they need role models that they can see, talk to and understand. I am 49 years old and while I know I grew up in a different time, my role models were my father, brother, grandfather and the men in the neighborhood.

Also, while I have tremendous respect for both Jesse and Al, why would you put them in the same category as Obama? Jesse and Al are "civil rights leaders," Mr. Obama is our duly elected President. For the record, if Jesse Jackson, Al Sharpton, Malcolm X, Marcus Garvey, Elijah Muhammad, MLK and the like didn't exist there would be no Clarence Thomas or Condelezza Rice, or any conservative Blacks. Black conservatives only exist because of the ground breaking work the so called "militant Blacks" put in to create the opportunities that give Black people a reason to be conservative.

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