no politicians, school board members, etc, will openly disagree with them because of fears of automatically being accused of rascism, discrimination, and prejudice. Then Jesse Jackson is called in. The protests start. The liberally-biased media is there with their cameras....Get the picture? (For the record, the "racism" charges happen if the politician is white. If they're black, are they really going to argue publicly against more money for a primarily black school district?)
Bing, Bing, Bing, Bing, Bing - you win the prize Anonymous.
OF COURSE these Black Elected Officials (and White Liberal Democrats) are not going to stand firm against the charges levied by the Educational Actor-vists in demand for more money. At the end of the day the activists aren't seeking to damage these elected Democrats. THEY ARE THE ONES WHO PUT THEM INTO OFFICE IN THE FIRST PLACE!!! They represent "Our side" in the debate. The enemy who is "short changing us" are the people who live outside of the city limits of Chicago and who "Don't want Black kids to receive a quality education". It is so easy to see how this all works.
Their strategy was seen in Illinois. Where as the controllers of the Chicago budget digest were not willing to provide more money for funding the schools where their children attend, the activists "expanded the police tape" around the entire state. Our new US Secretary of Education agreed that there was more funding needed for the Chicago school system that he ran.
Then you have the news media. They walk into the conflict with the bias that there needs to be more money spent in the public schools. What are the chances that we are going to see them initiate a study which attempts to place Chicago funding in its proper context as compared to the largest cities in the state? They AIN'T gonna do it!!! This is all about the narrative that I keep talking about.
The other side has just learned the only viable option is to agree. This isn't a good thing, and some of us aren't fearful of the Political Correctness police, but elected officials are. Hopefully, this will change some day, I think it has gotten better.
I view there ability to use this expansionary tactic as something akin to the settlement of Americans upon the North American continent. Certain problems that needed to be confronted face on got abstracted because there was enough turf left for them to expand outward. At some point, however, their arguments are going to reach the "Pacific Ocean" and thus they will no longer be able to avoid the painful truth (unless they learn how to walk on water and building houses upon it as well).
At some point the people of Illinois and other states are going to tire of having to pay exorbitantly high taxes which ultimately flow out of their immediate region and into a powerful vacuum in Chicagoland. This blockbuster city loves to flaunt its power in the way of its great population. The question now becomes if it is too big to be able to keep its own house in order.
There are too many people who violate the very spirit upon which these cities were founded in the first place. A city is formed when a group of people who live in an unincorporated land petition the state for a city charter. They are tired of seeing their tax dollars go to the county or the state only to have the services they receive in exchange being inferior. The city is a symbol of the local synergy of resources. From this local governance the people figure that they can increase their standard of living. Today these cities have morphed into monetary black holes where money is consumed in from the people who live within as well as the state and federal governments. They are now points of aggregation for SPENDING rather than productivity.
As you correctly state - the check that "charges of RACISM" have in nullifying debate can't be underestimated. Certain operatives know this power and they use it unsparingly. Anyone who stands up to them is considered a bigot.
For me the issue is not just if Chicago Public Schools need more money to function. The greater question is - "Are the people of Chicago willing to direct more of their own money and our human resource talent into the school system of Chicago as a means of obtaining different academic and social results for the benefit of their children?" For many people the answer is "No". The claim of poverty coopts any notion that they could lend a hand in improving the schools in other ways - as a classroom parent who acts as a teacher's assistant. Opening the schools up on Saturdays for a good scrub down of the rest room facilities. These are buildings where their own children spend 7 hours per day, after all.
The Black Civil Rights Establishment has lost their way. They are still stuck in the modality of the 1960's where overt systems of racism did measurable harm to Black students. Today there is bad policy directives and self-inflicted wounds that have grown to subsume any systematic racism that no doubt remains.