There are some things that I see a certain segment of Black people do which make me cry inside with shame and make my blood boil in anger at the same time. Their actions have no basis in logical consistency - even though Clayton and Gwinnett are two separate and distinct systems and thus these operatives are acting independent of the other.
While it is true that they act independently in theory they are bound by the same common motivation - the desire to provide the best education for their children. Their Black children.
Thus the two articles that I will report on about the political/racial educational dramas going on in metro Atlanta.
In Gwinnett County Georgia:
AJC: Gwinnett NAACP calls for superintendent’s resignation
In Clayton County Georgia:
AJC: Clayton superintendent will stay, mayors tell parents
In summary - the Black activists in Gwinnett County, in a power play, are seeking to topple the leader of their top performing school system. In Clayton County, a district which has recently lost its accreditation - the school chief will remain. I realize that the dynamics in Clayton are different (ie: their leader is new) but the underlying facts are the same. One of the reasons that Clayton County got in trouble because it had a revolving door in its leadership over the past 8 years and this lead to the void in leadership and direction that brought it to its present form.
In this case the Gwinnett NAACP is not operating in the best interests of the EDUCATION of their children. They are working to exert their POWER after feeling that they have been "dissed" by the superintendent's refusal to apologize to them as they demanded. Most people are satisfied with assuming "racism" and working to expunge the offender. If only this was the case.
First - the vast majority of the Black people who living in Gwinnett County today MIGRATED THERE from failing school systems in Dekalb and Atlanta. A good number of them moved there for the quality schools. If we ignore the political ramblings that have been present in this school systems that they have departed (Dekalb has gone through several leaders in a cloud of controversy and Clayton's difficulties are well documented) this issue in Gwinnett should be seen as a PATTERN that develops when a CERTAIN ELEMENT OF BLACK PEOPLE gain power over a school entity.
In evaluating these two districts it becomes clear that these Black Operatives don't have THE EDUCATION OF THESE KIDS as their PRIMARY driving force. Race, Politics and Ideology subsume all other interests.
In Gwinnett the issue stemmed from the study of why Black students receive more disciplinary actions that all others. In the past 2 months this issue has been tabled and the goal of bringing down the superintendent has taken its place with the NAACP. We are now derailed from our focus on the key question that needed resolution and are instead engaged in a pissing contest.
AJC's Maureen Downey Nails It: Two spurious claims of racism serve to trivialize the real thing