The Blackboard Jungle

days spent beating back the seeds of doubt

Thursday, October 07, 2004

Wandering through the delights of Peckham Rye on a sunny autumn afternoon, a man is giving out leaflets at a busy bus stop. He doesn't give one to me, but I notice he's careful to place them in the hands of two uniformed black teenagers next to me. They look somewhat confused by the contents. Nosey as ever, I peer over to see what's mystifying them.
The leaflet is using the opportunity of Black History Month to encourage a spot of direct activism.

"Black schools are failing our black children, Boycott schools for Black History Month!"

Words fail me.