Gov. George Wallace of Alabama was known as the chief proponent of keeping schools “separate but equal” fifty years ago. Schools were separate,but grossly unequal – just as today’s charter/public/privatized schools are. Race is only part of segregation today. The target of segregation is broader, especially for children.
Gov. Wallace in 1963 was the first governor to travel to corporation headquarters in other states to offer tax abatements and other tax incentives (tax money given to corporations) to have them leave those states and come to his state. The form of school segregation he demanded in spite of federal laws was racial, however he actually attempted to thwart the federal government from any involvement in education in his state. Money was a big factor then, as it is now, as can be seen by his state-versus-state legal tax bribery paid to corporations to relocate. In addition, Wallace viewed unions, teachers, and public employees with disdain and contempt. Education standards in Alabama were very low by any standards at any time. Keeping people in their place and setting one group against another kept him in in office. His mindset was of a pattern that is prevalent today – greed and power based on public anger and fear.
Mayor Rahm Emanuel of Chicago is closing public schools at a level that boggles the mind. He has an overwhelming number of school closings in African-American neighborhoods – unless there is enough money from parents to have their children attend privatized schools. Parents of charter school students have to pay fees and even additional fines for their children’s misbehavior, such as untucked shirts and missing homework. So poverty becomes another form of segregation as privatized charters make a profit in areas where public schools have become separate but unequal. Closing over a hundred public schools without replacing them one-for-one; cutting art, music, P.E., recess, after school programs, breakfast and lunch programs, after school tutoring, school libraries, textbook replacement, school nurses and counselors – all of this is wanton destruction.
How can this be rationalized? Since half the mental-health facilities have also been closed as well as public recreational facilities with parks and sports programs, the frustration and sense of hopelessness has combined with other social factors to facilitate a murder rate (especially of school aged children) that is the talk of the nation and the shame of Chicago. Wholesale murder and the abandonment of entire neighborhoods make for cheap land to be handed over to investors of another kind who profit from the murder and destruction.
Segregation of race, social class, poverty, and disability is rampant as Emanuel spends money on profit-making charters owned and operated by hedge fund managers and other investors who just happen to contribute to his campaign.
Mike Klosky gives details HERE.
Mayor Bloomberg of New York has a more subtle form of racial/ethnic, social and economic class segregation regarding his distribution of charter schools. The percentage of new college-prep charter schools with high African-American student populations being created in NYC is out of proportion to the NYC population demographics and is so low as to be negligible. The same is true for charter school students who live in poverty. So Bloomberg introduces a new spin on segregation that harkens back to Charles Dickens’ description of the plight of the underclass. The separate but unequal aspect has the upper hand in NYC. Which students are trained and tested for low level, low pay menial jobs or pushed out of school? Which students get real college prep education? Follow the money.
The New York Times details HERE.
Newt Gingrich said it best while running as a presidential candidate. “You say to somebody, you shouldn’t go to work before you’re what, 14, 16 years of age, fine. You’re totally poor. You’re in a school that is failing with a teacher that is failing. I’ve tried for years to have a very simple model. Most of these schools ought to get rid of the unionized janitors, have one master janitor and pay local students to take care of the school. The kids would actually do work, they would have cash, they would have pride in the schools, they’d begin the process of rising.” Yes, you were born to poor parents living in a specific socioeconomic class area, go do janitorial work for cash as his children receive tutoring for ACT/SAT preparation, art and music appreciation classes, and studies in critical thinking skills.
High achieving, high poverty schools? There are no such things – in spite of studies claiming their existence. See HERE.
Well, politicians have waved the flag to mask the evil that is SEGREGATION.
It worked before.
George Wallace took the governor’s oath of office on January 14, 1963, standing on a gold star that marked the spot where Jefferson Davis was sworn in as provisional president of the Confederate States of America. Wallace again recited the line for which he is best known:
“In the name of the greatest people that have ever trod this earth, I draw the line in the dust and toss the gauntlet before the feet of tyranny, and I say segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever.”
Jersey Jazzman brilliantly lays out today’s segregation plan HERE.
Segregation in 2013 has deep roots and more minority targets to segregate.
Our kids are at stake. America’s future is at stake. We defeated this before, and we need to do battle and defeat it again. Save our schools. Save our kids.