Chicago School Closings = Racial Dislocation: Part 2

Posted: May 30, 2013 in Uncategorized

It appears that Chicago isn’t the ONLY city where black schools are falling under the educational ax. Black schools are under attack in cities all across the nation, from Chicago and  Oklahoma City to Atlanta, and New York City.

Oklahoma City (all white) School Board votes to close (all black) charter school

Members of the Oklahoma City School Board question Patricia Watson Hunt

Members of the Oklahoma City School Board question Patricia Watson Hunt on May 28, 2013 about test scores at Marcus Garvey Leadership Academy. The school board is considering ending relations with the academy for the next academic year.

Quanetta Releford blinked back tears. She was out of a job, but that’s wasn’t the point. Her school was closed.  The Oklahoma City School Board voted 6-2 during a special meeting Tuesday night to close Marcus Garvey Leadership Charter School.

Releford, an arts teacher, was one of more than 200 people — mostly Marcus Garvey supporters — who packed the Oklahoma City Public Schools administration building auditorium. Many got up and walked away while school board members encouraged them to try to open a different school.

“We vote,” one (black) man yelled as he walked out of the room.

“We pay our taxes,” a (black) woman shouted as she stood up to leave.

District administrators allege poor academics and financial mismanagement.  An attorney for the school said that’s not the case. Both sides called foul on the other’s interpretation of test scores. Releford said her school was closed by people who never took the time to see what it was beyond test scores.

“They spent three seconds in each class, and you want to tell me about our school?” she said. “You want to base it all on test scores?”

Kwame Mumina

Kwame Mumina, attorney representing Marcus Garvey Leadership Academy, addresses the Oklahoma City School Board on May 28, 2013.  Mumina spoke about the importance of community and good schools for the neighborhoods surrounding Marcus Garvey Leadership Academy. Photo by KT King, The Oklahoman

Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Karl Springer

Oklahoma City Schools Superintendent Karl Springer speaks to members of the Oklahoma City School Board on May 28, 2013 to advise the board to not renew the district’s contract with Marcus Garvey Leadership Academy for the next academic year. (No disrespect intended, but he looks like he’d be at home wearing a white hood and robe)

Passionate response

Carmen Jackson and her husband Jesse Jackson a former teacher at Marcus Garvey Leadership Academy

Carmen Jackson (left) and her husband Jesse Jackson (right) , a former teacher at Marcus Garvey Leadership Academy, react to comments made to the Oklahoma City School Board on May 28, 2013.

People filled nearly every seat in the auditorium. During regular school board meetings, the room is nearly empty.

Some listened with chins on fists, nodding with eyes closed as they listened to teachers talk about the importance of the school. Others whispered quietly to one another when hearing facts about reading scores or math averages or science trends. Spectators occasionally groaned or cheered.

District officials said if the school is closed, the 180 or so students will be sent to traditional schools in the area.

Christian Williams, 9, said he doesn’t want to go to another school. The third-grader said he doesn’t know what school he’ll go to next year.

“I don’t want to lose my school,” he said. “I might not like it.”

Two of his younger siblings already go to Marcus Garvey, and another was supposed to start in prekindergarten next year. They all have had the same teachers and the same friends. His little sister, Paige, showed a letter she wrote to the school board just in case they wanted to hear from her.

“I love my school,” she wrote. “I want to keep my school open.”

(Keep in mind that racists OFTEN use statistics to justify practicing racism).

School Closings Come To Atlanta This Week, To Your City Next Week:

It’s Time To Dump Arne Duncan

obama-arne-duncan-11-27-10Arne Duncan named as Education Secretary by the Obama Administration

(Excerpted from Black Agenda Report)

Obama’s man Arne Duncan believes Katrina was the best thing that ever happened to education in New Orleans. Is it time yet to dump, and to dump on Arne Duncan?

In a pattern that has become typical across the nation, the Atlanta Public School Board voted early this morning to close 7 neighborhood schools, all in mainly black neighborhoods.

Some of the proposed school closings were announced the Friday afternoon before spring break, only ten calendar days, and one business day before the meeting that would finalize their closure. Other proposed closings were announced only 3 calender days before the school board meeting.

Obviously the authorities wanted to prevent neighborhood parents from mobilizing to protect their children and communities. Like their counterparts in cities across the country, Atlanta parents, teachers and neighborhood residents pointed out that their school board seemed more devoted to the promotion of charter schools and privatization than it was to the children in public schools, and that it was doing all it could to push as many children as possible out of the public schools into charters.

Like school boards across the country, Atlanta’s honchos turned a deaf ear to the children and communities they supposedly serve, even refusing to consider re-purposing the empty school buildings as local community resources. In the rush to privatization,

School buildings are valuable real estate prizes that can be awarded to well connected developers, and the only kind of economic development anybody has ever heard of is moving poorer people out of neighborhoods to attract richer ones in.

Atlanta is following the same script as Chicago and Philly and New York and Los Angeles and New Orleans. It’s a bi-partisan agenda of standardized testing calculated not to teach children, but to furnish the grounds to brand teachers and schools as “under-performing” so that staff can be fired, schools closed, and their resources funneled to charter school operators. (CORPORATIONS).

The School Closure Movement

bloomberg1-300x200New York Mayor Bloomberg

(Excerpted from the Huffington Post)

For the past ten years Mayor Bloomberg has been telling us that New York City is at the forefront of education reform — but what do we have to show for it?  One-hundred forty schools closed,  communities in disarray,  and test scores flat-lined.

Mayor Bloomberg’s administration has shut down more than 140 schools in the last 10 years throughout the city. In the last 10 years, tens of thousands of children and families have been caught up in cycles of tumultuous change as their schools have been shuttered and their teachers have been replaced.

Communities have been traumatized without consultation. Sometimes in the middle of the academic year a school gets a pink slip from the Department of Education. For students and families this is akin to an educational limbo.

Students often must endure three years of displacement as their school phases out, not enrolling any new students from year to year but still educating those that have been left behind- as their school size shrinks, their teachers depart and the mood turns hopeless until finally the doors are closed.

In New York City, since 2002, SAT scores have actually dropped between 3 and 8 points in reading and in math. The only substantive change has been graduation rates, which have gone up significantly but have not been balanced by a college-ready population.

Regents degrees have hardly budged during the past 12 years, and in 2011 only 23 percent of our city’s students were prepared to graduate high school and take on the challenges of college.

As communities are pulled apart, corporations step in to fill the void. More often than not, the defunct public school is replaced by a charter school — a charter school that does not have to play by the same rules as traditional public schools.

Charter schools, for instance, do not have to accept special education children or English language learners, can hire and fire teachers at will, and can expel difficult children at a whim.

According to Stanford University’s research, charter schools do no better nationally than other community public schools. Only 17 percent of charter schools provided a better education than traditional schools, and 37 percent actually offered children a worse education.

In our city, the playing field is not equal outside the school building — whites receive higher wages, have better health care, are less likely to be imprisoned, and live longer lives than non-whites.

Schools that are shut down are far more likely to exist in a non-white, high-poverty community.


Closing black schools benefits the system of racism/white supremacy in four major ways:
  1. Devastates AND DISRUPTS the EDUCATIONAL POTENTIAL of black students so they cannot compete on a LEVEL PLAYING FIELD with white students OR white adults once they enter the workforce
  2. Devastates black communities via RACIAL DISLOCATION (which I wrote about in a previous post)  and PREVENTS black people from building STABLE BLACK COMMUNITIES.
  3. Creates HUGE economic opportunities for land developers (AKA black land grabs) AND corporations that operate “charter schools” (corporations will CONTROL  the quality of education given to black students)
  4. Destroys UNIONS and UNIONIZED worker protections so wages for MOST workers will continue to fall, making corporations and their stockholders RICHER
In my next blogpost — Chicago School Closings Part 3 — I’ll do a quick comparison between the typical education of poor black students with the elite education of privileged white students.
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When WAR is waged on our children and we do NOTHING to stop our Enemies


  1. They’re tearing down schools YET building more prisons. Hmmmmm…..I wonder who the prisons are for? *sarcastic voice*

  2. What’s the solution?

  3. Ms. J says:

    These stories need to be all over the news rather than Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s baby news.


  4. Miss Pam

    Up here, in PA, their shutting down schools in Philly too, especially the “po’ black folk” sections. Upper Philly is thriving with fresh farmers markets, herb juice for kids and trader joes.

    May I add that our creator works in mysterious ways? Maybe this is what we need to HOMESCHOOL our own children and take them out of the overseers hands.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ diaryofanegress

      I’m not surprised. There is MASSIVE black scapegoating and sex with white people and anti-blackness imagery

      all while our schools and neighborhood and bodies and employment are under SEVERE attack

      and I don’t think it’s possible to wake up the masses of black people

      the racism-induced COMA and AMNESIA of black people was bad enough before Obama’s election

      but now?

      forget it

  5. Kevin says:

    We need to develop a private separate afrikan- centered education system or its a wrap for our children. We now have no choice but to develop a pan-afrikan nationalistic plan to counter global white supremacy. Amos Wilson predicted this 20 years ago.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ Kevin

      Absolutely, and that is what I will talk about in either Part 4 or Part 5 of this series


      and I hope all of you will share your ideas AND share the link to this series with other black people

      we ALL need to get on the same page and SAVE our black children AND their future!

  6. I just wish we could just go. I don’t nowhere or how, but just go. Off thios planet would probably be best.

    Just like the government makes people into “terrorist”, they are bound and detemined to make every Black person a nigger. Because when we all become niggers, they can mow us down and nobody will even blink.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ hunglikejesus

      That’s the plan, I believe, to PROVE to the world AND to OTHER BLACK PEOPLE

      that black people are WORTHLESS and OBSOLETE

      and the world is better off without us

      (thankfully, though, NO MAN has the POWER to make that call. Black people will BE HERE long after they are GONE)

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  8. Tracy says:

    Not surprised by the tackiness of white people.i just wish that non-white specifically black people would take their blinders off and come face to face with reality. That reality being “white people do not love/like you or your children, and begin to understand the system of racism white supremacy is design to kill you.

    • Ms. J says:

      @ Tracy:

      I couldn’t say it any better myself. Holding hands with Whites and singing “Kumbaya” is not on their agenda.

    • TrojanPam says:

      @ Tracy

      I think white people collectively have made that pretty obvious that they do not care for us OR our children


      that they FEAR us because we are so close in proximity and in the mountains of spilled black blood and death that ties ALL of us together

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