Please recall a few weeks ago when I noted the irony of the Democratic operative Rev Al Sharpton during his protests outside of the Chicago school in which 19 year old Derrion Albert was murdered as he was clubbed in the head with a railroad tie during a fight.
- Sharpton, a Democrat, complained that the school was not safe for school children
- Logically his protests are against the school district officials that have the power to do something about the situation - they all are Democrats
- Sharpton seeks to have something to be done about the people who register a threat to the students seeking to obtain an education and travel to school in peace - these are Black kids who are being threatened. These are Black kids who are threatening them.
- The parents and the culture from which both sets of the kids itemized above has been protected by Shaprton and other operatives. They "Defend the Status Quo WITHIN THE BLACK COMMUNITY" as they work to keep Black folks unified by focusing on some OUTSIDE force to which Black people can unify behind with shared contempt
- If, however, the Chicago Police Department, also run by Democrats, were to arrest those who are a threat to the students in an attempt to proactively keep the peace - we'd see Rev Al Shaprton and others take to the streets once again to protest the aggressive police action.
The Black community has no overlay force that can call these operatives to the carpet and get them to articulate what they have done for OUR INTERESTS instead of what they have done for their PARTISAN and IDEOLOGICAL interests. I firmly believe that few thought we would ever see this day - there their "Struggle" milieu would have to shift to a "Management Disposition" as they are now in control of the forces.
They need to invest in the "Sims3" simulation video game in order to understand the delicate balance.
Al Sharpton: The Present Day Civil Rights Struggle Is For Quality Education
I actually like Rev Al Sharpton from he stand point of his skills as a pugilist. He is fully exploiting the unstructured turf called "The Black Agenda". He knows that HE alone is able to stage a rally and will have supporters show up and the media as well. Few Black people will be inclined to take a step back and appraise his efforts. Most of us are content that "the crumb that he obtained from his struggle is one crumb we did not have before.". Others will ask "What crumbs did the Republicans give us?"
This latest rhetorical statement from Rev Al Sharpton has gone too far for me.
Education is the number one Civil Rights struggle of the 21st Century.
Let us pretend that Rev Sharpton is correct. Let us go to the city of Baltimore Maryland where he and Newt Gingrich recently visited. We should assign the traditional roles as extracted from the Civil Rights struggle of the past.
- Who Is The "Bull Connor"-type antagonist that is denying us our RIGHTS?
- Who Is The VICTIM?
- What Is The Modality of the Oppression that is Rendered upon Him?
- Who Are The Forces That Need To Be Awakened So That Equality Can Be Rendered?
- Who Is The At-Large Government At The State and Federal Government That Is Complicit?
Do you see that it is foolish to attempt to apply a Civil Rights Struggle framework upon the present state of affairs in failed urban school systems such as Baltimore, Philadelphia, Detroit and Chicago? The truth is that all of the people involved are political favorable to most of the parents in question. I assure you that in Baltimore, for example, the parents have voted for all of the officials at the local and state and federal level that are "failing" them.
This is a HUMAN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT PROBLEM not a CIVIL RIGHTS VIOLATION.
Our community has an "activist spirit". We have successfully put people into place per our tastes and this alone was supposed to make everything work out. Now that there is no ADVERSARY in place - SOME ADVERSARY MUST BE MADE!!
It is time for the Black Community to go "within itself". What is the value of education? Why is it important that we train our present generation of young people be trained to become the next generation of service professionals?
From this we will learn the true COSTS of allowing the present conditions that exist to continue.
BALTIMORE, Maryland (CNN) -- Conservative Newt Gingrich and liberal Al Sharpton agree. And, they are using that headline to draw attention to the problems with U.S. schools.
On Friday, the two political leaders spent the day with U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visiting three schools in Baltimore, talking to students and educators about what makes schools better.
"Newt and I don't agree on anything ... tomorrow we won't even agree that we were here today," said civil rights leader Sharpton. Gingrich said he wasn't sure which was more confusing to his friends -- that he was working with the Obama Administration or that he was hanging out with Sharpton.
The oddness of the alliance was lost on the middle school students who answered questions at KIPP-Ujima Village Academy. They talked about how their school inspired them to think of going to college. Middle-schooler Tashawn Colbert said that at her previous school the emphasis wasn't on making it to college, but rather on making it to the next grade.
At Holabird Elementary/Middle School, students said that they had already had several field trips to different area colleges.
The Baltimore schools visits are part of a multi-city listen and learn tour. They are promoting bipartisan support for education legislation that is likely to come up in Congress next year.
"Al Sharpton was exactly right several years ago when he said that the number one civil right of the 21st Century is education," Gingrich said. "He's exactly right."
On the "unlikely alliance," Duncan said that seeing the passion that Gingrich and Sharpton have for education "week after week, month after month, city after city, has been remarkable."