The Left Versus Minorities

bill de blasioIf anyone wanted to pick a time and place where the political left’s avowed concern for minorities was definitively exposed as a fraud, it would be now — and the place would be New York City, where far left Mayor Bill de Blasio has launched an attack on charter schools, cutting their funding, among other things.

These schools have given thousands of low income minority children their only shot at a decent education, which often means their only shot at a decent life. Last year 82 percent of the students at a charter school called Success Academy passed city-wide mathematics exams, compared to 30 percent of the students in the city as a whole.

Why would anybody who has any concern at all about minority young people — or even common decency — want to destroy what progress has already been made?

One big reason, of course, is the teachers’ union, one of Mayor de Blasio’s biggest supporters. But it may be more than that. For many of the true believers on the left, their ideology overrides any concern about the actual fate of flesh-and-blood human beings.

Something similar happened on the west coast last year. The American Indian Model Schools in Oakland have been ranked among the top schools in the nation, based on their students’ test scores. This is, again, a special achievement for minority students who need all the help they can get.

But, last spring, the California State Board of Education announced plans to shut this school down!

Why? The excuse given was that there had been suspicious financial dealings by the former — repeat, former — head of the institution. If this was the real reason, then all they had to do was indict the former head and let a court decide if he was guilty or innocent.

There was no reason to make anyone else suffer, much less the students. But the education establishment’s decision was to refuse to let the school open last fall. Fortunately a court stopped this hasty shut-down.

These are not just isolated local incidents. The Obama administration has cut spending for charter schools in the District of Columbia and its Justice Department has intervened to try to stop the state of Louisiana from expanding its charter schools.

Why such hostility to schools that have succeeded in educating minority students, where so many others have failed?

Some of the opposition to charter schools has been sheer crass politics.

The teachers’ unions see charter schools as a threat to their members’ jobs, and politicians respond to the money and the votes that teachers’ unions can provide.

The net result is that public schools are often run as if their main function is to provide jobs to teachers. Whether the children get a decent education is secondary, at best.

In various parts of the country, educators who have succeeded in raising the educational level of minority children to the national average — or above — have faced hostility, harassment or have even been driven out of their schools.

Not all charter schools are successful, of course, but the ones that are completely undermine the excuses for failure in the public school system as a whole. That is why teachers’ unions hate them, as a threat not only to their members’ jobs but a threat to the whole range of frauds and fetishes in the educational system.

The autonomy of charter schools is also a threat to the powers that be, who want to impose their own vision on the schools, regardless of what the parents want. Attorney General Eric Holder wants to impose his own notion of racial balance in the schools, while many black parents want their children to learn, regardless of whether they are seated next to a white child or a black child. There have been all-black schools whose students met or exceeded national norms in education, whether in Louisiana, California or other places around the country. But Eric Holder, like Bill de Blasio, put his ideology above the education — and the future life — of minority students.

Charter schools take power from politicians and bureaucrats, letting parents decide where their children will go to school. That is obviously offensive to those on the left, who think that our betters should be making our decisions for us.

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  • Naresh Krishnamoorti

    The most important reason that Leftists hate charter schools is that they have the potential of freeing black kids from bondage to government dependency. What if poor black kids are educated, can think for themselves, become successful, and start to enter the middle class? Gasp!! They may become Republican!
    The Left will never allow its black slaves to be liberated from bondage to the Democrat vote.
    It is to prevent this emancipation that the Left will relentlessly shut down every opportunity for poor black kids to receive a decent education, whether at charter schools, or through vouchers.

    • Bamaguje

      You beat me to it.
      Democrats indeed thrive on ill-educated low-info voters that can easily be bamboozled by leftist lamestream media propaganda.

      • Toa

        Right- their hatred for blacks who made it upward the hard way will tell you that much.

        • uptownsteve

          So you’re saying that the only blacks who made it up the “hard way” are black conservatives? Sounds pretty racist.

          • A Z

            No, he wrote that blacks who made it up the hard way were hated.

            He did not write that because they climbed the rungs the hard way that they became conservatives.

            Re-read what he wrote.

          • uptownsteve

            I’ve made it up the hard way as most black middle class and professionals. I’ve never been hated by anyone but rightwingers.

          • American Patriot

            People don’t like you because you are a race-obsessed propagandist who spreads lies about other people. The left does that a lot and you are one of their puppets. Unlike you, conservative minorities believe in true liberalism (which is classical liberalism, not the so-called “liberalism” that you leftists name your agenda) and American patriotism. Please get your facts straight.

          • uptownsteve

            Yeah, I’m the race obsessed one. That’s why every time Sowell or Williams do their lawn jockey tapdances you righties are here cheering in groves. And you don’t represent all “people”. You are a scared, resentful white bigot who can’t accept that your perceived birthright of power and privilege is being challenged and overcome.

          • reader

            Steevo, do you represent all the Catholics, or all the Jew haters, or all the liars? I’m confused. The story of your life achievments that you so like to tell here just does not add up.

          • uptownsteve

            reader, I consider myself representative of thriving, upwardly mobile black middle class who will not stand for being lectured to by trailer park racists.

          • reader

            Oh, how clintonian. However, the evidence is abandoned that you are a liar, a dumb *ss and a Jew hater. I can oblige anyone who enquire. In other words, you’re not in the position to make any judgement about anyone.

          • reader

            abundant

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Wow! An uptownracist lecturing others on racism.

            Are you an Affirmative Action plantation slave, or did you succeed from color blind test scores/curves?

          • American Patriot

            You are a dunce. Every time your beloved Tim Wise does his “lawn jockey” tap dancing, black racists like the Nation of Islam and the New Black Panther Party, as well as their supporters like you and other leftists are here cheering in groves. Also, I’m part Puerto Rican. I am a real liberal, which is classical liberalism (modern conservatism), not your so-called “liberalism” of the contemporary left. I am the person who posted reality-check political multiple choice questions to correct your political fantasies. I also posted facts on what you really believe in, which is race obsession and New Left radicalism, which has dominated the Democratic Party for over four decades. Learn from facts.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            You forgot to use your usual racist cat call of “uncle tom”, “minstrel”.

            You’re slipping uptownracist.

          • A Z

            Nice dodge of your misreading of Toa’s post.

            I have known many Prince Hall Masons. None of them told me that they were hated because they worked hard.

          • uptownsteve

            And I don’t know any blacks who said they were hated because they worked hard. Duh.

          • Drakken

            One thing is for sure, is that you never fail to use the low information hecklers veto of the race card.

          • iluvisrael

            you took a few days off from cheerleading for ozero-who can blame you – he’s the laughingstock of the world, and you’re a one-note a$$hole.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            KGB Putin laughs at the Obama/Biden/Pelosi/Reid cabal

            Putin invades neighbors and the regressive progressives are silent – awaiting orders from the Kremlin.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            Using skin color to favor a group is racist.

            Affirmative Action is based on skin color
            Affirmative Action is racist.

            uptownracist, you are a racist.

          • uptownsteve

            So how come the biggest beneficiaries of AA are white women?

      • James Keir Baughman

        It is crucial to America’s survival to name names, and tell exactly which tiny minority owns and controls the”lame stream” media, Hollywood, the ACLU, financial centers, university professorships, and to tell all of their Communist background which has killed 100 million innocent, unarmed, defenseless people in the century past. It is also vital to praise and protect the 22 percent of them who are intensely loyal Americans and are working diligently along side us to save this great Nation from our Communist threat.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          Who controls Eurabia?

          The same people who welcome islamists and terrorists into the UK, who proclaim their solidarity with hamass, hezbullah, al qada?

          Why are libertardians like MORON Paul and his wigged out son Randy so solicitous to fascist iran?

    • urbanvrwcmom

      Leftists have always been opposed to poor minority children having a quality education, particularly at religious schools. Once it was made known that Justice Clarence Thomas attended Catholic institutions, that opposition intensified. That, and the possibility of said students in such institutions, posing a grave threat to the stranglehold that leftism has on the black community.

      • uptownsteve

        What a smokin pile of garbage. As if Thomas was the only black to attend parochial schools. And most African-Americans are not poor but working to middle class. You rightwingers just don’t get it. You are only about reinforcing your predisposed assumptions about blacks.

        • reader

          Based on unemployment figures among blacks, Obama certainly made them poorer. But that’s ok. That’s what communism is supposed to do. Rejoyce, steevo.

          • uptownsteve

            The unemployment rate has steadily declined over the last 3 years racist. What are you talking about?

          • reader

            The employee participation rate declined faster, Jew hater. That means that fewer people work, and more people – in addition to fewer people who work – are underemployed and “benefit free”. That’s the Obama freedom – the communist dream of his father, or step father, or whoever.

          • iluvisrael

            that must be pretty strong crack you’ve been smoking or are you naturally delusional?

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            The “unemployement rate” that ignores those who gave up looking for work? The temp workers – who don’t get healthcare?

            What kind of fool are you uptownracist?

          • uptownsteve

            How many folks gave up looking for work? Do you even know? Rightwing gibberish.

          • reader

            Around 8.5 million. Work participation rate declined by almost 3% of the US population since Obama took office – that’s official Bureau of Labor stats. Do the math. On second thought, don’t. You may have a seizure or something:

            http://data.bls.gov/timeseries/LNS11300000

          • reader

            Actually, it’s a bit worse. According to this table, it’s pushing 10 million:

            http://www.bls.gov/web/empsit/cpseea01.htm

        • urbanvrwcmom

          Sir, I am black and have lived in the midst of poverty/welfare dependancy. I can attest to what Dr. Sowell writes in this column. I believe that had my parents been offered vouchers, my siblings and I, would have turned out better. But instead, were trapped in Detroit’s wretched public schools. Those of us who worked hard in school and desiring to attend college were said to be “acting white”. Yes, there are working and middle class black Americans; the same middle class background that Michelle Obama grew up in. The leftism I abandoned is the smoking pile of garbage that I am doggedly determined to stay away from.

          • uptownsteve

            Sir if you are black, and I doubt it, you’re a pathetic Uncle Tom.

  • Tabitha Bliss

    Progressive Racism: The Hidden Motive Driving Modern Politics http://bit.ly/1nf70XL

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      Regressive Progressives who strangely never have a harsh word for their allies who stone girls to death over “family honor”.

  • tic…tic…BOOM

    You don’t get it. The liberals/progressives need more and more low information voters on the public dole. That’s the only way they can succeed.

  • panola60

    The long term solution is to stop the democrat War on Education that deprives students from choice of immensely popular schools and a quality education. Parents are willing to stand in line all day and even participate in lotteries to enroll their children in quality schools only to find Democrat politicians fighting them every step of the way to protect public school unions. Real inequality is trapping poor children in failing schools to benefit bureaucrats and union bosses.

    School choice is a civil rights issue, if not the civil rights issue of the 21st century in America, but unfortunately holding the poor down and keeping them dependent on welfare is a primary goal of the Progressive agenda to insure them of democrat voters doomed to a life of poverty and misery.

  • ratonis

    The Dems have GOT to keep the blacks on the plantation—ignorant house servants after the manner of Step-n-fetchit. And the blacks in congress (Elijah Cummings, Maxine Waters, Sheila Jackson Lee, et. al.) are there to keep them that way. The Democratic party has become an altogether disgusting enterprise fostering ignorance and failure. Why black Americans cannot see through this is beyond me.

    • uptownsteve

      LOL!!!! Us black folks are too dumb to see that the rightwing, who incessantly calls us blind, ignorant, welfare grubbin dupes are really our friends?

      • Drakken

        Yes, you blacks are ignorant, since you voted 95 % for your hero Obummer and agree with everything the regressive democratic party says and does.

        • uptownsteve

          And 100% of you racists vote Republican even though you can’t name one thing they’ve done for you except make you feel good about being white.

          • SCREW SOCIALISM

            And 100% of you racists vote Democrat even though you can’t name one
            thing they’ve done for you except make you feel good about being non-white.

        • SCREW SOCIALISM

          95% of a group who vote for someone of the same skin color is racist.

          If 95% of whites voter voted for Romney, that would be racist.

          When 95% ob black voters voted for Obama – strangely that’s NOT racist.

          Double Standard uptownracism.

          • uptownsteve

            No double standard dummy. Like most black Americans I can name dozens of whites I’ve voted for. Sometimes against black competitors. Name ONE black you ever voted for.

  • CaoMoo

    DO charter schools have to teach common core that could be a part of it if they don’t

  • cxt

    A sadly topical and informative article from Prof. Sowell.
    The political Left is willing to throw children under the bus to keep power.
    They shed crocodile tears at the “plight” of the poor yet they do everything they can to keep people poor.
    Education is the key to success and if people were not trapped in desperate circumstances they would not need the Left.
    If it were not so tragic it would be laughable.

  • James Keir Baughman

    The reason Blasio, Holder, et al put their “ideology” ahead of the needs of our children is because they are closet Communists and enemies of our great Nation and our people.

  • nimbii

    The key is: The net result is that public schools are often run as if their main function is to provide jobs to teachers. Whether the children get a decent education is secondary, at best.

    Therein lies the problem. As with all union based labor organizations, the primary beneficiaries are the union members, not the end users.

    • SCREW SOCIALISM

      The US spends the most for education – yet the US ranks 29th of so in student achievement.

      • nimbii

        The other problem is that government is inherently corrupt which is why there are special interests and lobbyists.

        I recall Jimmy Carter (for all his faults) comment that one of the biggest problems for our democracy is special interest politics.

  • uptownsteve

    The rightwing loves privately managed schools which take public funding and gives them to private corporations which are not accountable to public scrutiny. It’s a cheap easy way to avoid dealing with the real problems of poverty which are at the root of low academic performance.

    • Habbgun

      Hey Uptown!!!! Check another article where I was waiting for you to give the Leftie talking point and here you are. You really are a shill. Perfect Lefty…..you’ve got your nose up European descendant butt, than you act more black than black until the money comes out and you run interference for your betters. Whatta Guy!!!!! I hope you make money out of Left politics. At least then you’re a whore and not a whore wanne be.

    • A Z

      So the salaries, curriculum ,administrative expenses, kids’ test scores. graduation rates and other expenses are a perfect cipher?

      So no accountant could go in an audit the books?

      Do you have a bridge to sell?

    • American Patriot

      The left-wing loves to keep minorities in line by creating fear and exploiting the minority communities in order to win votes, you racist. Please learn from facts.

      • uptownsteve

        CREATING fear? Your racism speaks for itself. Tell me, how are the Dems keeping us blacks in line and the GOP isn’t keeping you racists in line?

        • reader

          Easy. Obamaphones. And – to quote Biden – “clean, articulate and no negro dialect” commie, who kind of look like you. In fact, that’s all you need to know. YOU ARE A RACIST. Even though, in the long run, blacks should realize that all-powerful federal government does not favor them at all. Especially, given the fact that the fastest growing parts of the population are hispanics and asians, not the blacks at all.

          • uptownsteve

            Obamaphones? You ARE an idiot. LOL!!!! And now Asians are the among the fastest growing parts of the US population???? Lawd help these fools.

          • reader

            Yeah, steevo. It’s Zionist propaganda. The one that the Catholic Church is involved in. Don’t you go to one?

          • uptownsteve

            And what is the black growth rate? Do you know that?

          • reader

            Let me make a wild guess. It’s probably not the highest and it’s not the runner up either. Yeah, right. ‘Cause we just found out that Hispanic growth is the highest and Asian growth rate is the second highest. A little slow on the uptick, eh? But we already know that.

          • reader

            Here, steevo. Lawd help us fools. Lawd certainly blessed you with such a genius:

            Hispanics are the nation’s fastest-growing population at more than 11 percent growth since 2010
            Asians and Pacific Islanders are the second-fastest growing segment, growing more than 9 percent to 16 million people overall
            http://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20140312005223/en/Population-Data-Reveals-Source-Growth-Consumer-Economy#.UyDJj_ldVqU

  • uptownsteve

    Yes, the White liberal Dems have bribed Black people. With campaign contributions to and votes for our candidates to get them elected to president, governor, senator, and congressmen, so that we have a seat at the table. Bribed us with judicial and executive branch appointments so that our thoughts and opinions and judgments are represented. Bribed our poor people with a safety net, bribed our middle class people with affirmative action and anti-discrimination laws permitting access to stable employment, bribed our upper class with educational and economic benefits that permit a well positioned Black person to live a life that is the envy of 95% of the Earth’s population, and positioned the American Black man and woman, in 2014 in America, as having more privilege and possibility than any people of color on Earth in history, and arguably more opportunity than poorer White people in our country. Yeah, we sho is dumb. LOL!!!!