I normally purse my lips when it comes to commentary on popular culture and events, but the comment Jaden Smith made about school is so off the wall to me. If you didn’t hear on the radio or news, the young actor said this during a Twitter rant earlier this week:
“School Is The Tool To Brainwash The Youth,”
“Education Is Rebellion. If Newborn Babies Could Speak They Would Be The Most Intelligent Beings On Planet Earth.”
“If Everybody In The World Dropped Out Of School We Would Have A Much More Intelligent Society . . . Everybody Get Off Your Phones And Go Do What You Actually Wanna Do.”
WHAT THE HECK?!?!
Why on this God given earth would you, a young black male, encourage other young black males to drop out of school?!?! Child you HAVE a job and don’t have to worry about a thing in the world AND IF you fail in life, your parents are well off enough to support you. So you are good either way! The average black male would be slaughtered if he dropped out of school and constantly find himself criticized for his lack of education; thus “justifying” why he shouldn’t be able to earn a certain pay grade and why he’s not “qualified” for certain careers.
I really pray that kids don’t listen to Jaden on this one – well…black kids at least. It’s challenging enough out here for young people of color…they don’t need a “special case” to brainwash them into believing that foolishness. Everyone is not a rapper. Everyone is not an actor. Believe it or not little Smith, there are people who actually NEED to go to school in order to do their job.
AND going further into education and schooling. The people that made the phones you use to communicate with –they went to school. The music executives that own the company putting out the records of your favorite artists – they went to school (ask Diddy). The doggone CEO of the picture film company that produces and pushes all of those doggone movies that GOT you your money in the first place – yeah, even they went to school. And furthermore, Jada AND Will BOTH went to school – whether it was traditional or art. So this boggles my mind that someone as young as 15 would think it cool (because he probably doesn’t care about being socially responsible at that age) to say something like this. You KNOWWWWW people are watching you. Whether you think it’s fair or not.
Whew I tell you, these are troubling times. I shutter to think what the world will be like when my kids grow up and have grandkids. If it’s anything like this foolishness, we’re gonna need a lot of prayer and Advil. Lol