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Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Will Blacks Protest Blacks?

Will Blacks Protest Blacks?

"Here, in this place where the West held together, let us make a vow to our dead. Let us show them by our actions that we understand what they died for. Let our actions say to them the words for which [General] Matthew Ridgway listened: 'I will not fail thee nor forsake thee.' Strengthened by their courage and heartened by their valor and borne by their memory, let us continue to stand for the ideals for which they lived and died." — President Ronald Reagan, 40th anniversary of D-Day, Pointe du Hoc, Normandy, France, June 6, 1984

With this Memorial Day fading into history it’s once again time to take up the cudgels to attack the left in politics, culture and economics — a task that I take on with great enthusiasm and cheer.

There is a protest brewing against the NAACP. It is not a protest by white supremacist or KKK members. It’s not a protest by the Tea Party or the conservatives. And it’s not in Washington, D.C. The protest is in Harlem by Black citizens. MYFOXNY.COM reports:

“The NAACP has joined a lawsuit by the United Federation of Teachers against the Department of Education that threatens several charter schools in the Harlem area.

The suit calls for preventing several charter schools from opening, relocating or expanding.

Many charter school parents are shocked by the NAACP's position.

A rally is planning for 8:45 a.m. on 125th Street.

Good Day New York spoke with a parent of a child who attends the Harlem Success Academy.

Ny Whitaker whose nine-year old son has been a student at HSA for three years says the NAACP should be "fighting for them not against them."

The UFT lawsuit would also halt the closure of 22 public schools along with preventing 17 charter schools from opening, moving or expanding.

The union issued the following statement:

"It is outrageous that thousands of New York City children get a graphic lesson in inequality every day when they walk through the doors of their school buildings. These are students who attend co-located schools in buildings where a district school is housed alongside a charter school. In too many cases, there are smart boards, freshly painted walls and small class sizes in one school while in the other there are broken blackboards, crumbling facilities and overcrowded classrooms. Separate and unequal." — UFT President Michael Mulgrew.”

Would you believe we have Black parents protesting a Black activist organization? Perhaps the world is changing. These Black parents, like the ones in Compton, California, are more concerned with their children than they are with the politics and left-wing social agenda of the NAACP. They want their kids to get an education that will allow them to compete in the world they will one day have to face and they now the Charter School is the way to go.

They are disgusted with the public schools and bad teachers they are being offered. They are tired of the lack of security and run down conditions of the schools. They have had enough of the gangs, hip-hop, baggy pants and lack respect for the good students. They want a better life for their children and see the charter schools as a viable alternative.

On the other hand the teachers unions see the charter school as a threat to their power and the NAACP does not like the fact that some Black are ‘getting out of line” and making their own choices. They are no longer blindly following the dictates of the NAACP, Jesse Jackson or Al Sharpton. They are thinking for themselves — something that is long overdue.

Some claim that the charter schools do not have to teach to the same testing standards like the public schools. One pundit described it as teaching someone to shoot. If the standard was to get 90% of the shots in the target the charter school needs to only get 40% in the city of New York. In my opinion this is poppycock. With the implementation of No Child Left Behind all the public schools do today is teach to the test. If may want the marksman to hit the target 90% of the time. I would prefer he hit a moving target all of the time.

Rather than look at the test scores for K-12 public schools lets look at the moving targets of graduation rates, SAT scores and college entrance. Charter and private schools blow the urban public schools out of the water in these categories and parents know it. The unions hate it because it shows them as who they really are. They are much more concerned with the welfare of the teachers and the union than the children.

Now the NAACP has joined hands with the teachers unions to pay back the contributions they have made to the NAACP over the years. Like the unions the NAACP is not concerned with the black parents in Harlem, they are concerned with their power.

Another example of the corruption of the teachers unions is in New Jersey. Business Insider reports:

“NJEA (New Jersey Education Association) director Vince Giordano received $421,615 in salary and $128,508 in deferred compensation last year, according to tax filings released last spring.”

“NJEA president Barbara Keshishian earned $256,450 last year. VP Wendell Steinhauer and Secretary-Treasurer Marie Blistan were paid $170,974 each.”

Meanwhile, the governor earned a measly $175,000.

Christie's war with the union escalated earlier this summer when a union official suggested praying for the governor's death

This goes to show the power and corruption of these teachers unions. Recent events in Madison, Wisconsin also proved this point. As long as the unions control the public education system and the left control the unions we will have a failing public school system in the nation.

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