I took the test “Whites couldn’t pass”.Most people are as stupid as I | Opinion


“The score is zero. I’m not a prejudice or a racist, I’m very, very ignorant,” said an email from a faculty member at the University of Louisville. Test created by Rickie Jones For me, the test shows that one race or one group of people can be written to put them at a disadvantage.

I hear you, brothers.

As I recently wrote, I answered only 5 out of 25 questions – 20% miserable, poor, scary, and embarrassing.

A total of more than 100 people reported.

Most of you are as stupid as I am.

I didn’t know much about WEB Du Bois, Hiram Rhodes Revels and Madam CJ Walker.

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Jones, chairman of U of L’s Pan-African Research Division, created a test for me last fall after saying that the American education system was fraudulent against black students. He then said he could test that the whites in Louisville could pass, if not a few.

I challenged him to test for me-and after I failed it, I challenged you to take it and tell me your score.

You wrote letters from far away from England, ranging from high school diploma holders to lawyers and engineers. Some of you were black. Some white. Two judges even took the time to write – one embarrassed by her way and the other he passed the test, but Jones’ premise and what the test showed. I reported that I asked about.

Some of you had racist feelings about the test, telling me that the reason we don’t learn about blacks at school is because they do little to learn.

“The reason history is told from a European point of view is that almost all important events, inventions and innovations are related to or created by whites,” Brad wrote. I was frustrated.

(Jones admitted to me that there are some areas where African Americans have not achieved as much as whites, such as maternal slavery and clearing the Native American population.)

“car

“airplane

“helicopter

“Dynamite,” Brad wrote. He started a long list of inventions that he believes blacks have not made great strides.

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He stopped talking about blacks and their lack of influence in the American space race — the importance of African-American female mathematicians like Catherine G. Johnson in the early days of the Space Race and Mae C. Jemison. McNair was unaware of the contributions from a black astronaut like Ronald.

Most of us wouldn’t have heard of Johnson if we hadn’t seen the movie “Hidden Figures” released in 2016, more than 50 years after getting John Glenn on track.

Some criticized Jones’test because he didn’t believe the test showed what Jones was trying to show. At the same time, they agreed that the system was designed to benefit some students based on race and income.

In all, the four people who reported to me said they passed the test.

One of them was black and the other was white.

One of the successful candidates stated that he had taken classes at the university about African-American culture. One of them is a trivia quiz and general knowledge expert.

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But it didn’t necessarily matter how smart you were.

One woman said she had a genius IQ and failed badly.

“There is only one correct answer. It’s the number of African countries. I understood it correctly because the black creator who mentioned this fact recently saw TikTok.

“How embarrassing,” Harry wrote.

When I asked for the score to be emailed, I promised not to say it was as stupid as I felt after my disastrous performance, so I didn’t give it my full name.

Some critics said that the questions Jones asked were different from the multiple-choice questions about math, science, and reading comprehension found on the SAT and ACT tests.

Jones acknowledged that and stated that such free-form questions are common in Advanced Placement tests. But that doesn’t really matter, he said.

One suggested that a “white history test” could be created with similarly difficult questions that would confuse white test takers. He asked four potential questions that would be in the test. I knew the answer to three of them, and what I missed was about Shakespeare’s “Hamlet.”

I haven’t read Shakespeare for 40 years.

Still, if he asked me to recite the witch spell from Macbeth, I would have nailed it.

According to Jones, the overall point behind the test was to show how schools usually don’t teach blacks and their achievements.

“It destroys their sense of identity,” Jones said. “These children are impressed with the history of Europe, from kindergarten to college …. They leave (the education system) with the idea that whites are the center of the universe.”

Jones said black children “broken, fractured, and left free.” It leaves a false sense of superiority for white children and a false sense of inferiority for black children. “

But most of the time, respondents tested what it was. It’s an exercise to show exactly how much we don’t know about the history of blacks, the culture of blacks, and the headwinds that black students face in schools dominated by people of all colors. I grew up in a white education program.

Joseph Garth can contact 502-582-4702 or email [email protected]

This article was originally published in the Louisville Courier Journal: Rickie Lee Jones’s test of black history has plagued most of you | Opinions

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