Top News Stories About Black Youth from Across the Nation: March 4 – 10

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Are black male doctors becoming endangered?
The Grio, Tyeese Gaines, 3/7/13

When Vince Wilson, 44, was in his early 20s, he considered being a doctor, yet his own insecurities held him back.

“The bottom line is, I never thought I was smart enough,” he says.

Instead, he focused his interest on other fields in medicine, becoming an x-ray technician, an EMT, a certified nursing assistant and an Army and Air Force healthcare technician.

“I always had the impression that [only] the kids who were superior in math and science became doctors,” he says. Despite having good academic preparation, he adds that he didn’t think that his self-described “average” grades qualified.

18 Year-Old Polite Stewart Earns Bachelors Degree in Physics

At just 18 years-old, Polite Stewart has already earned a Bachelor’s degree in Physics from Southern University.

Stewart first enrolled at Southwern at 14 years-old and has done nothing but excel.

It father says Stewart was always a fast learner with an unquenchable thirst for knowledge. As a Southern alumin, he trusted that his young son would get the attention and education he deserved.

Louisiana School Psychologist Says Young Black Thugs Should Be “Put Down”

The Jefferson Parish School Board in Louisiana is in all kinds of trouble these days.

According to Gawker, the school board is already under fire by the Southern Poverty Law Center for sending a disproportionate number of black and disabled students to the district’s alternative schools. But recent comments from one of its employees have upped the ante completely.

Mark Traina, a school psychologist for the above-mentioned alternative schools, launched into a virulently racist tirade through his twitter account earlier this year, declaring, “Young Black Thugs who won’t follow the law need to be put down not incarcerated. Put down like the Dogs they are!”