Last night, there was a ton of activity on the internet when Brad Paisley released his new duet with LL Cool J. I think the song tried to be a song of earnest racial reconciliation, but it fell apart under its own tone deafness. Saying you don’t mean it, doesn’t make a racist act less racist and you can’t equate African-Americans having wounds over slavery and years of second class citizenship with white people not liking a guy’s doo rag or gold chains. It reminded me a lot of the Tribune and other Chicagoans (and Ohioans) swearing it’s not racism. This is the Chicago situation:
1. You force African-Americans into certain pockets of the city. When they get overcrowded you give them Willis Wagons. When Martin Luther King complains, you lie to him.2. You neglect the infrastructure of those neighborhoods and refuse to adequately fund their schools.3. The people who live there leave the city.4. You close down their schools and cram 40 students in a classroom again. Maybe they still have some old Willis Wagons lying around for the receiving schools.
Please, just tell me how this is not racist.
There is hope for our future. When faced with $56 million in budget cuts, 15 of 17 Newark Public High Schools had students walk out to protest. Over 1,000 students risked suspension (and at one school a beating) to let their voices be heard. This really gives me some hope that people will start to fight back over the mixed up priorities towards education in this country.
:”Mrs. Obama will visit Harper High School in the West Englewood neighborhood, a school in which nearly 30 current or former students have been shot, 8 fatally. She will meet with a small group of students and counselors to hear firsthand about their experiences, according to a statement from the White House.”
“I realize it is just a start. If I could wave a wand and make the tests disappear I would. But I do know that if my school district insists on giving these tests, I can insist upon exercising some control over how they are used.”
“Robinson said there is no easy solution to Chicago’s problems of poor graduation rates and underperforming students. But he questioned the city’s recent proposal to close 54 public schools, saying it seems to him that the schools could “one of the engines of re-generation.”
““Today people came out from CPS to watch us for three days to make sure we don’t steal and to make sure we still teach,” said Patrick Papczun, a math teacher at Canter. “Did anyone come out before this? No, no one came out to the school before this.”
“I’m just your mayor, and I’m kind a new here.
I’ve spent the last few years in DC,
I’ve got an Ohioan advising me.
Putting this behind us is my only wish,
If you don’t like the Ipad,
I know where I can get you a dead fish.”