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Geekiness And Black Cultural Optimization: Are They Valued Enough?

There’s a disproportionate amount of cultural equity that goes into being successful in entertainment and athletics, and it’s at the expense of other things, says Jamarlin Martin, host of the GHOGH podcast.

Martin discussed the value of geekiness and Black cultural optimization with two Google engineers and a marketing guru during GHOGH podcast interviews. “We have to reprogram the culture for excellence,” Martin said. “We’ve got to optimize it.”

Standardized tests show that African Americans are at the bottom of the distribution for math scores. The SAT, considered critical in identifying student readiness for college, provides a measure of academic inequality at the end of secondary schooling, according to a Brookings report.

The mean score on the math section of the SAT for all test-takers is 511 out of 800. Blacks test-takers averaged 428 while whites averaged 534 and Asians, 598. The scores of Black and Latino students are clustered towards the bottom of the distribution.

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