Could being raised by in a low-income household by a single mother set a student up for failure? That’s one professor strongly believes.

Lino Gragalia, a University of Texas Law School professor, told BBC that he believed many black and Hispanic students are failing academically because they were raised in single parent homes by females who lacked the socioeconomic wealth that is necessary to push them towards success.

He told the British news organization that he could “hardly imagine a less beneficial or more deleterious experience than to be raised by a single parent, usually female, uneducated and without a lot of money.”

Gragalia also expressed his distaste for institutions that seek to increase diversity.

“How well do these kids do in maths and reading is basically it and they do less well. No doubt the race and segregation may have a lot to do why that’s the case, but it is the case and what to do about it now? And admitting them into selective schools with large gaps in qualification is not the answer.”

Representatives from the League of United Latin American Citizens were offended by the comments, calling for the resignation of Graglia from his UT position.

“Graglia believes that minority students come from a culture of failure. He knows nothing of our culture and has never crawled down from his ivory tower to find out.”

Graglia’s outspoken banter on race and success is not the only story to arise from the Lone Star state. The University of Texas is currently dealing with an affirmative action case in the Supreme Court after Abigal Fisher, a white student who was rejected from UT, filed a complaint claiming that her race was the reason why she was forced to attend a second-tier college.

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  • Anon

    My mother is/was a single parent. She divorced my step-father when I was 9 years old. My mother is foreign born, into a broken marriage and likely a product of rape. She was sent to live with her dad, but had no real relationship with him – he beat her mercilessly.

    After her divorce, we settled in the U.S. Many people in my community, including my step-father’s fam, took me and my siblings under their wings. I have to say, we had some very good and genuine role models, at one point. Initially, I did very well in school. Initially, my mom was a house mom and was very involved in my education, attending PTA meetings and getting me involved in the community and extra-curricular activities. I would always get awards and recognition for my academics or activities.

    After the divorce, she became more reliant on alcohol, and made friends with negative people who spent most of their idol time shooting the sh!t, getting high or drunk. She did work full-time, sometimes 2-3 jobs; however, none of her extra-time was spent enriching her children. Instead of taking of doing things like us to the library, etc.. she took us with her to friends homes surrounded by drunken/high adults, or took us with her to gamble. She wanted us to walk our ourselves to the city library, and blamed us, kids, for not reading as much as we should. I ran into reading comprehension issues at in middle and junior high school as result of this.

    My step-dad’s mother threatened to call CPS on my mother if she didn’t get us out of the house more, as she’d stop doing anything with us. We just sat in the house watching her sleep on the couch drunk, and she forbade us from going anywhere with anyone. So, for a few summers we were in community summer camps programs that my step-grandmother was also involved with.

    I tried hard in school, but my parent’s lack of involvement had a negative impact on my learning, in addition to the abuse, violence and other odd things they had us exposed to at home after the divorce.

    A lot of people tried to intervene. The ministers wife down the road, the kid’s parents at a school whose children befriended me, even though the usual protocol was to stick with your own when it came socio-economic levels, family ties, etc… A lot of people in my schools and community I give credit of being there, with their time, information, at some crucial points in my life.

    After a while, I got a hang of the school thing. I got more involved in extra-curricular activities on my own. While I never made it a routine to walk to the city library, I got involved in programs like Upward Bound and would walk, weekly to my tutoring session. Weirdly, my mother had an issue with that, and started having an issue with all the school-related extra things I’d gotten myself into, even though my involvement in them led to me making straight A’s. I started seeing where key individuals in the community wanted to mentor me.

    But, something in my mother’s head, whatever void she experienced in her youth, caused her to be resentful of, what she said, ‘how easy’ things were for me. Her family never allowed her to complete her education because they made her the family work mule. No one cared about her education, not even her mother.

    I continued doing what I was doing, despite that. But I started getting severe beatings, and being accused of things that weren’t true. My mentors wanted to meet her, she acted very rude and disgusting towards them. These were people who help me raise money for my education, getting me in front of people to help me get scholarship money.

    Because of how she presented herself, it reflected on me, her child, and people were not so inclined to help me, as a result.

    I proceeded and applied to colleges on my own, using waivers. I got accepted to every school I applied to. I ended up dropping my extracurricular activities to work a job, so that I would have money for books for my first semester, since I wasn’t going to get any scholarship monies, and since getting to-and-from those activities became impossible after my mother refused to help in that. I also had to quit upward bound.

    I worked full-time the summer following graduation and my mother tried to take all of my money, stating that I now had to pay her rent. I got into nasty arguments with her and clung to the little money I made, staying there for the rest of the summer. That was the first time I called her a b!tch to her face, and the first time she give me the finger. Side note: she never receive child support for me, and never pursue it. And it wasn’t until more that 10 years later that I discovered that I’m a product of prostitution.

    I made it to college, but she tried to do everything within her power to discourage me from going, by her own means or through the pathetic people she associated with. Her friends told me that I would probably get pregnant, and that I shouldn’t get to full of myself because ‘they’ would slap me back to reality. My mother gave them permission to say that to me, and I hardly knew those people. She was always trying to involve them in my life in the place of the other people she’d pushed away. “See, so and so is going to help.” But so and so would not be doing anything, or be about anything. So and so can’t/won’t help me raise money, connect me with the right people, or even take me to-and-from my extracurricular activities. Oh, but you’re going to have so-and-so drive me to college, with you in the passenger seat, to see where I’ll be living. All so-and-so was there to do was get in my business and work with my mother in trying to discourage, belittle and manipulate me into failure. She used these people to intimidate me.

    When I finally got to college, she shamed me for being there. When I called home, she didn’t want to hear about whatever I was going through, how hard it was, etc… I’d made my bed, as she put it. I called and asked for grocery money one week, she told me she didn’t have it; but the following week she called me to say that she donated the amount of money I asked of her the previous week to one of my school’s scholarship fund. The week I got my financial aid, she called me and asked me for rent money, even though I’d moved out of her home 2.5 months prior. While I was there, she told me that I thought to highly of myself and the only reason I was in school is because I thought I was better and wanted to be white.

    All the while, she’s/we’re still living in poverty with no other prospect of getting out – except for the shady business proposition she came to be with. From the time I began getting involved in things to get me into college, she refused to cooperate. All the people who tried to positively influence her children, she pushed them away, even if it meant lying on us to do it – she was jealous and highly resentful for the situation she ended up in, and made us pay for it.

    I know i’m sharing a lot. I don’t care. But, in our situation, college education was attainable. Sponsorship was attainable. My siblings’ aunt was willing to fully sponsor their involvement in the local girl scouts who met right across the street from us every week. On of my step-fathers siblings is a professor, his mother a teacher, with other college educated people in the family who were on the look out fo rus. My parent did everything within their power to disrupt the relationships we had with them and any help we were receiving, or were going to receive. She’d stoop so low as to tell them that we said we didn’t want their help, or criticized their help. And they’d believe her.

    So, for many, it’s not single-motherhood alone that ruins their chances. It’s the fact that there are pathetic wenches out here who do not want to cooperate and do what they need to do to get their kids off on the right track. There are some mentally f!ucked up single-mothers out there who DO NOT want their own children to succeed.

    Where does a student facing that kind of thing, a black student, get the support they need to over come that type of abuse?

    My mother would mislead people, outside of her co-conspiring pathetic friends, into thinking that she wanted me in college, and put up appearances as doing everything she could to get me there.

    And to be honest, I didn’t really understand what was happening while I was going through that. It took me years to really get what she was doing, because that sh!t ain’t normal. Who would have thought? I’d never heard of anyone doing anything like that.

    Her pathetic friends insisted that I would understand and appreciate her when I got ‘grown’. I’m in my 30s and I despise the b!tch (and everything she stands for) for how she played her own flesh and blood. When my sibling was on the right track (teaching, writing for a publication, working, going to school, etc…), they would antagonize them and physically attack them for no reason. But when they get into a bad situation where they’ve messed up and become entrapped economically, she piles on the “Oh, I’m so proud of you.”

    Anyway, I ended up flunking out of college. I chose a traditionally white institution, and it was just hard for me to adjust to the level of competition there. I had no moral support what so ever, because not only did my negative parent affect my family relationships, but also my social life and friendships.

    Some of these single-mothers need psychiatric intervention, for the sake of their children. I can’t believe no one called it that she was not right in the head. She was not committed until many years later. Still, after all of that, the wench hasn’t changed. He heart and mind are purely black/dark, and can’t stand my grandparents for it.

    This dude is blaming single motherhood the way many are blaming guns for the recent school shooting. The real issue is mental health, because I believe, as I’ve witnessed, that single-mothers can raise college graduates. One of my peers had no parents, practically raised themselves, sold drugs to survive from the time they werea kids to their teens, went to college, graduated, etc… But there was a lot of help in our community. All you had to do is show that you want it and were worthy of it.

    • Perspective

      Nice fallacy of division argument

      “This dude is blaming single motherhood the way many are blaming guns for the recent school shooting. The real issue is mental health, because I believe, as I’ve witnessed, that single-mothers can raise college graduates.”

      So now the issue isn’t single mothers in an of itself – its the fact that the majority of single moms have mental health issues. AMAZING.

      The black community is failing – riddled with single mothers/ no opportunities – and here come the 1%ers who always want to throw up the 1 child who made it.

      My father grew up in a single parent home, and most of his friends never made it out the hood. As a matter of fact my father has no friends from his old neighborhood and most of them are dead or in jail. My father is in his mid 60’s.

      That was a great wonderful story – but it doesn’t even BEGIN to crack the surface on the issue – NOR did you address ANYTHING I SAID – other than give your story.

      The culture have shifted away from stable homes – largely the result of the economical situation or the lack there of – but WOMEN are the biggest pushers of this agenda – to the point that all the decent men are unwilling to participate – at least in the black community. The white community is next.

      Men are disposable or at least that’s what women think until they realize nothing is being built nor maintained for their children to prosper in. They don’t even realize how important having these type of men around are to the point that choosing a male mate is no longer based on WHAT HE IS CAPABLE OF DOING – its all about these intangible intrinsic things like SWAG.

      Unfortunately swag doesn’t build a damn thing.

      Women think they are the rock and the foundation. Sorry but I can’t prevent women having babies with idiots. The women, the men they sleep with, the children they breed – are all going to create a COMMUNITY or area where people live that I am not going to want my children to be around – regardless of whether I share the same skin complexion with these people.

      I would like to see things turn around – but NOT underneath matriarchal conditions because I know that there is no impetus for men to do all the grueling work underneath those conditions.

      Women seriously need to take a back seat on this – but let them tell it – matriarchy is the way to go and women are carving the path for their own lives and CHILDREN – that they are obviously having with men who are unfit to be fathers in the traditional sense because THOSE are the only types of men that they can be with who aren’t going to INTERFERE with the women plans – because these are the type of men who are complacent or measure their manhood by things that have no real power.

      Its at this point, I don’t even know why black people are having children or why black women act like they are so how preserving the race. Preserving the race for what? In your current condition your children are easily conquerable and subject to the authority and power of other groups who aren’t on the stupid backwards role reversed situation that we exist in.

      I don’t know where I’m going – but for real – with the mentality entrenched in the black community, especially among the women, and their sons who AREN’T MEN – that they raised by themselves – I need to get as far away as possible from the blast radius.

      “Oh why don’t you mentor these boys” because I’m not going to do what these women want me to do which is teach these boys how to be responsible devoid of leadership and control. That is a matriarchy!

      Try to teach some young men about responsibility and LEADERSHIP – and watch the black women resist you like hurricane winds.

    • Anon

      I didn’t say the majority of the single moms, I said there are some who do have mental illness.

      My argument is that the percentage that make isn’t that small. Those exceptions are not that few in number, that’s a fallacy and misrepresentation. To imply that single-moms can’t raise college graduates, who matriculate and graduate on time, is a fallacy. I have step-family members (at least 3, including the professor) and cousins who prove that wrong.

      That’s your father. I know fatherless guys from my community who made it to college/finished, as well as those who didn’t go or were killed for whatever reason. Although, among those who didn’t go, there are those who did amount to something, working earnestly towards something – attending school later, going into ministry, and/or starting a family while working a blue collar job (like a mechanic, sales person, construction, legal hustling) and being a faithful husband…college isn’t everything to everyone. Yeah, there were those who got caught up in the drug and/or gang/street beef came and were killed, but not attending college (or going later in life) doesn’t not always produce failure or non-success.

      Addressing what you said? Who are you? My post wasn’t about you or what you said. it was just about my story and giving another example of being a product of a single-mom household. I don’t care about what you said, I didn’t read it.

      My mother did not push the agenda or unstable homes. she a product of emotional abuse, and she had an inability to deal with life, maintain relationships. She didn’t go out with the intention of creating instability, she tried. But her foundation didn’t afford her the tools to go about it the right way. IMO, the ones who were deliberate in this were both of my grandparents.

      My mother had no other reference, no other means than to think that she was the rock. There was no example set before her that would make her think differently, as even my father/step-father was not playing his part right. However, he fixed himself with his next wife. His family/church put him on that path.

      That SWAG B.S. does apply to my parents.

      Men being disposable…that’s not even what the issue was in my family. In my situation/family, the women were disposable. And there were other factors like cultural conflicts, shifting religious, socio-economic values, and physical abuse.

      Those conditions you spelled out don’t apply to all single-mom black families. One of the issue is that, not only do whites over generalize these sorts of things regarding black people, but blacks do that same s!hit.

      You really think that single-black women bask in matriarchy? It’s the only resort when patriarchy becomes oppressive, dismissive and/or the matriarch has evolve never able to properly build relationships with men. It’s better to function under matriarchy while trying to repair that in her posterity, instead of further engaging in oppressive patriarchy where her children make poor decisions in who they choose to marry/procreate with an potentially drive the bloodline into extinction or further destroy the family foundation in the posterity.

      Matriarchy is not a bad thing, and it does not have to be permanent.

      Matriarchy has been part of the indigenous culture from where my African parent is from. It’s not a constant thing, but it’s been documented in local history, sub-regionally. It has it’s purpose. I my specific lineage, IMO, matriarchy exists due to cultural shifts within the family. I have relatives who have matriculated just fine in live under matriarchy, attending college and finish, and everything. Some have been married, some married LATE. None of them participated in gang/street culture or the drug trade.

      Well, @Perspective, if that how you view black women and the black community, they don’t need your azz.

      f!uk off.

  • ceeceego

    in america indians blame whites for their poverty yet they make 20 billion a year in casino earnings..yes the pay taxes but i want to know where the money goes..minorities need to be held accountable too…grow up!!