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Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Mom Explains How to Raise a Brilliant Child

Though it might be a bit outdated, the old saying goes: “Behind every successful man, there’s a great woman.” 
In the case of astrophysicist, author, radio and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson, that great woman would be his mother, Sunchita “Toni” Tyson.
In honor of Mother’s Day, Toni Tyson discusses the unique challenges of raising a future astrophysicist in the Bronx.
Ms. Tyson encouraged her son’s scientific aptitude and interests, even when some teachers and professors had low expectations for Neil due to a racist bias.
"It was not easy—it was a full time 24-hour a day job," says Toni. "All three of my children are brown, and they stay brown all year round, and they even get darker in the summertime. We had to make it very, very clear at a very early age that some people are not going to be very nice to them, but it was not their problem but the other person’s problem. When things did occur, we would get onto it immediately.”
When Neil was in junior high school, Toni says that she had read about a scholarship available through the Department of Education. Neil filled out the application, wrote an essay, and had to get three references. According to Toni, one teacher Neil asked for a reference came back with some harsh feedback. 
"When he presented it to the teacher, he said, ‘What makes you think you can get this scholarship?’" says Toni. "Of course, he came home devastated. As a result, he used another teacher. I had gotten vibes from this individual that I did not like during one of the Parent Teacher Association meetings."
That is just one of many stories of struggles Toni discusses in this wide ranging interview Takeaway Host John Hockenberry. Neil deGrasse Tyson himself also joins in the conversation—listen to the full discussion above to hear more.





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I need to read this, because it is fucking hard raising a smart brown child when they are surrounded by mediocre white kids praised for breathing air.

yasboogie:

Neil deGrasse Tyson’s Mom Explains How to Raise a Brilliant Child

Though it might be a bit outdated, the old saying goes: “Behind every successful man, there’s a great woman.” 

In the case of astrophysicist, author, radio and television host Neil deGrasse Tyson, that great woman would be his mother, Sunchita “Toni” Tyson.

In honor of Mother’s Day, Toni Tyson discusses the unique challenges of raising a future astrophysicist in the Bronx.

Ms. Tyson encouraged her son’s scientific aptitude and interests, even when some teachers and professors had low expectations for Neil due to a racist bias.

"It was not easy—it was a full time 24-hour a day job," says Toni. "All three of my children are brown, and they stay brown all year round, and they even get darker in the summertime. We had to make it very, very clear at a very early age that some people are not going to be very nice to them, but it was not their problem but the other person’s problem. When things did occur, we would get onto it immediately.”

When Neil was in junior high school, Toni says that she had read about a scholarship available through the Department of Education. Neil filled out the application, wrote an essay, and had to get three references. According to Toni, one teacher Neil asked for a reference came back with some harsh feedback. 

"When he presented it to the teacher, he said, ‘What makes you think you can get this scholarship?’" says Toni. "Of course, he came home devastated. As a result, he used another teacher. I had gotten vibes from this individual that I did not like during one of the Parent Teacher Association meetings."

That is just one of many stories of struggles Toni discusses in this wide ranging interview Takeaway Host John Hockenberry. Neil deGrasse Tyson himself also joins in the conversation—listen to the full discussion above to hear more.

I need to read this, because it is fucking hard raising a smart brown child when they are surrounded by mediocre white kids praised for breathing air.

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On the use of African-American Vernacular English (AAVE) by WOC who are not Black, I think the age old maxim is true in at least some of these instances: "Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery." Especially when AAVE is used by WOC in solidarity who espouse similar ideals.

wocinsolidarity:

NAH

Look I’m not african american. i’m a black caribbean american woman who was born and raised in the bronx. so i speak aave because this is the way black people speak here. and even though there have been caribbean americans involved in the production of certain aave terms, ebonics is still largely an african american legacy. so i have to realize and accept that aave is not mine. you also have to keep in mind the unfortunate tensions that exist between caribbean americans and african americans. i’ve heard some caribbean people say some pretty disparaging shit about black americans while using aave. this is a type of ignorance  i cannot accept. 

so i think that is important to understand that while  the usage of aave may be used because of where you live and the fact that black culture has been spread around the world, we really need to understand who it belongs to: African Americans

-attanya

"The women were lounging about the houses, some cleaning fish, others pounding rice; but they do not care for work, and the little money which they need for buying clothes they can make by selling mats or jungle fruits."

some English lady who spent 5 weeks in Malaya in 1879 that Syed Hussein Alatas quotes in The Myth of the Lazy Native. The joke practically writes itself, but Alatas says it for us: “We may ask the author what is meant by work here? Is cleaning fish and pounding rice not work? Work here means wage earning outside the home. Are making mats and selling fruits not work? It is clear that work here means that activitiy introduced by colonial capitalism. If the ladies became coolies or servants of British planters or firm officials, she would then have considered them as working.”

So when the settler colonials say Indigenous people are lazy, they really mean “they won’t work for us to help us engineer their economy for our benefit”.

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redphilistine:

All you need to know about American foreign policy is that Secretary of State John Kerry, one of the highest officials in the US government, condemned the alleged kidnapping of 3 Israeli settlers but not one official has ever said anything about the 1,400 Palestinian minors that Israel has murdered and 8,000 it has detained (kidnapped?) since 2000.

"White men make up approximately 36% of the population, but commit 75% of mass shootings. What would be called terrorism by any other skin tone is suddenly some mysterious unnamed disease. We as a society are perfectly happy to further stigmatize mentally ill people, who are far more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence, in the service of protecting white supremacy and male entitlement."

The “Mental Illness” We Refuse To Name: White Male Entitlement | Constituative Outsider

Resubmitting this because the original did not cite the original author, and plagirizing of WoC’s work is a serious and rampant issue. We cannot allow them to do this difficult work without acknowledging the value of their work. If you reblogged, please delete the original and reblog this version.

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don’t trust people who finished Orange Is The New Black and still call Suzanne “Crazy Eyes”

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jedavu:

Carl Jara Uses Sand In Ways You’ve Never Seen Before

victoryvague:

Orange is the New Black

descentintotyranny:

Israel begins its ground invasion of the Gaza Strip

I am horrified. I am so ashamed of the US for supporting Israel.