Now, it has been reported recently that nearly half U.S. murder victims are African Americans despite the fact that African Americans make up only 13 percent of the U.S. population.
In the 1970s and the 1980s, I published articles in refereed journals in which I suggested that black inner-city youth in the U.S. grow up in a residually oral culture, especially those who do not develop what is termed functional literacy levels in their reading scores.
How many books has Jonathan Kozol published lamenting the inadequacies of inner-city schools?
Evidently, the political will does not exist to address the serious problems that Kozol keeps writing books about, or else he would have stopped writing books about the problems.
But what about the murder rate among African Americans?
From my standpoint as a scholar devoted to Ong's thought, I would say that it is axiomatic that the murder rate among African Americans will go down as the functional literacy rates among African Americans go up.
Because President Barack Obama is the first African American president of the United States, perhaps he should undertake a concerted effort to reduce the number of African American murder victims in the United States.
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