“…The narrative (in America) is that schools are failing. The narrative should be that children are failing because they buy into the sermons and narratives promoted by (gangster) rappers, and therefore they are not applying themselves in classrooms, and they are not conducting themselves as scholars. (Many of) our youth, males and females, are conducting themselves as thugs on school campuses….”

Comments from an open letter to President Barack Obama from concerned citizen, Byron L. Smith.

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