Newmania has sparked off a heated discussion with the publication of his discovery of overtly racialist recruitment policies of Islington Local Education Authority.
The perceived problem is the lack of male role models for young black boys. Islington LEA's proposed solution is to create 40 places on a teaching assistant training course. For black men only. So, racist AND sexist. Way to go, Islington Council...
The subject puts me in mind of a book that I heard about a few years ago: Ten Things You Can't Say in America. Its author, Larry Elder, has confronted policies like this head-on. Needless to say, it has not made him terribly popular amongst some from his own 'community'.
The Cato Institute quotes Elder as saying, "“America’s number-one problem is children, who cannot feed, clothe, and educate a child, having children.”
Newmania offers his own answer to this type of problem in the UK: "The answer to fatherless homes is to stop paying people to have fatherless children, not offer them further inducements."
I wonder what would be on the list for a new edition of Larry's book, The Ten Things You Can't Say in Britain..?
"Once back here I got to thinking - 'how do I get out of this?' Perhaps the really haunting spectre is that I would have to turn my back on the lake, and the prospect of the sword." Alan Clark, Diaries - 19th May 1999