How Are the Children?

Published May 1, 2000

In Kenya, the response to the traditional Masai greeting of “How are the children?” is “All the children are well.”

In the United States, African-American children are not well but are “undereducated and miseducated,” according to Marquette University professor Howard L. Fuller.

At one time, the illiteracy of African-American children was the result of laws that barred teaching persons of color to read and write, like an 1818 law in the City of Savannah. Today, Fuller despaired, there is no such law, “but still our children cannot read or write.”