Mr. Warthen has proven without a doubt the convictions of his liberal heart. He claims that public schools are the “cornerstone of America” he is wrong, Judeo-Christian morals and respect for public discourse is the “cornerstone of America”. The Nazis and the Soviets had the best public school systems the kind he would like to emulate I am so sure he would want to live in one of those societies. Why drag his good ideas in the mud of name calling and raise the specter of fascism - to quote the schoolyard excuse – he started it first.
I called and spoke to the Education Minister last month and he had some good points – for someone living in the Disneyland of Good Government. He wants us to believe that Gov Sandford does not care about Black boys getting good educations because he wants us to equate poverty with being African-American. He wants us to think Rebel Flag when anyone who does not want line the pockets of his intuitional friend’s pockets with our tax dollars says “Education Reform”.
Put Parents in Charge is a means to an end. It will break the dependency – it will empower parents if nothing more than give parents who care about education hope – hope that there will be some house cleaning. It will give parents some way other than just complaining about how crappy their school is. They can move if they want to even if they cannot they will know that someone cares about their child’s education not just about “public education”.
Mr. Warthen is wrong by comparing this educational reform to the reactionary “white flight” in the 60’s Mr. Warthen wants more than anything for you believe that to be Black is to be stuck in poverty and to be White is to be selfish hateful. Maybe that is his problem but it is not this White man’s problem.
Put Parents in Charge has nothing to do with White Flight and to try to tie them is getting his facts wrong. It is possible for an opinion to be based on poor judgment and bad logic which is what dragging race the skeleton in the closet our very own near genocide into the argument is – he is trying his best to poison us with the radiological bomb of race. I am not going to let it go this time. What he wrote was just wrong.
We need to hear the words of MLKs speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial and hope for that day - he was speaking for all of us White, Black, Jew, and Gentile when he talked about facing down government sponsored inequality – which is what we still have in our public education system. Put Parents in Charge will put the fire under the bureaucrats to educate rather than indoctrinate, to enforce responsibility rather than a fake, socialist-dream equality.
I for one in these times of war and economic uncertainty want to believe that my African-American fellow citizens are my equals and people who help me to pursue happiness and security - not to be some scapegoat to pin the evils of society upon. I will not accept that African-Americans are a drain into which tax dollars are poured Mr. Warthen.
We need this bill more than ever if racism is the argument against it.-
If Warthen loathes South Carolinians so much why does he not white flight to New York City where people think like him and have such good well funded public schools.