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The Center for American Racial Justice, a right winged think tank, funded by the Koch Brothers, ranks colleges by their GRE’s and notes that black schools were lower then all white schools. Furthermore it notices that the whiter the student body, the better its citizens turn out to be flag flying patriots… It then creates a list ranking colleges by its own system.
The conservative media picks it up and runs. Delaware Schools Rated Low…are the headlines across Delaware. No one knows why, no one reads the full story, no one googles the ARJ… No one… but Greg Lavelle issues a press release stating that to this low level is what the Markell administration has accomplished. “This is what you get with one party government” he repeats in every microphone. Rick Jensen features 3 shows a week on how the University of Delaware used to be highly ranked, it’s education department was last year ranked 33 out of all the colleges in the USA, and now, it is in the low 1000’s.. Delaware State is almost at the very bottom, right along with all-black colleges…
Pretty soon it is non stop… Every day the press reports on how Delaware’s colleges are just bad, no one knows why but experts from three letter companies no one has heard of, all say so!.. Headlines scream! “How can we be worse than Wyoming?” “Even Idaho!” “How can Idaho be one of the best in the nation, and Delaware, which spends more per person, near the bottom?”
The junk mail starts to arrive in our mailboxes. Markell Made Us Stupid the junk mail jokes… “We’ve got to do something”, it screams… Jea Street and Wilmington City Council issue proclamation after proclamation stating that Black children of the inner city need better schools in Delaware from which to graduate… “Many blacks depend on SEED money for post-secondary education. We need college improvement here in Delaware! This administration has fallen behind…”
Then a new study is released by the ARJ, showing how internationally our schools with black students compare with those European or Asian colleges without them… “We need all-white colleges” the article says, “or our national education is going down hill”. No one objects… The black head of the AFL-CIO spends 15 minutes on Rick Jensen and says, “well we need to change our schools. “Blacks need good education too, and we need jobs; according to all the studies, the only way that can happen is if we make segregation the law and black schools equal…
Then there is a recession. A big one.
No one has money. The Federal Government hires someone from the ARJ to become Secretary of Education. He comes up with a life saving method to revamp America’s education. Congress passes a giant relief bill, and he will give grants out to states who implement his new racial purity line across post secondary education…
He has a contest… States have to compete for funding. Call it race to the top. “We will have a contest and the state that comes up with the best plan for racial purity, gets money to make it happen”…
States pressed for revenue, all sign up… “Where do we sign they ask”? “Right here”, they are told, “and get your Secretary of Education to sign on too”.. “Ok. then fire her and hire a young kid who doesn’t know better”…. Maybe a gym teacher… Suddenly the governor writes op-ed pieces in the News Journal.. “Brighter” Future for Delaware’s Education. In it he extols the benefits that an all white University will accomplish. His friends the Chamber of Commerce and Charlie Copeland himself, all write op-eds the same. Soon the News Journal gets the memo, along with a Koch check with a memo, play along or die, and they too start championing how Delaware is too dark, and needs to “lighten up” and the best way would be to deny opportunity to those who are not white…
The Union of College Professors though appalled is convinced to publicly go along in order to have a “place at the table” of future post secondary educational policy.. The Governor convenes a secret meeting to create new standards.. In America there is no legal precedent for sanctioned discrimination… They ask the ARJ to fly in and hold meetings to educate this secret group… The secret group meets frequently over the next 4 months and writes legislation, and one of its members introduces in into the Senate and says, “it makes education better” and it is passed unanimously.
Steve Newton of Delaware Libertarian goes over the bill and writes a piece that essentially says: wait a second, this is KKK sanctioned segregation… A few bloggers (3) pick it up and run with it.. The Governor tells Pete Schwartzkoph, “quick, rush it through”, and minutes later the bill is in the House. One delegate questions the bill in committee but it passes 4-1…. On the floor, 4 delegates bring up the segregation clause and its implication. But people dismiss it upon hearing about it for the first time, and the House passes it 37-4 and the Governor signs it immediately..
The ARJ comes out with a new study. It ranks the schools 1-2000 strictly based on number of blacks enrolled. It cites the best schools and immediately the news organizations in those states start bragging. “We have the best schools in the USA” says Wyoming. “We are 2nd”, says Idaho. Montana, says, “we are a close third”… The Trustees of the University of Alabama rule that no black may attend the next session. Thousands have to transfer…. “We are not going to lose our accreditation over the color of skin of some of our students” they say..
Wall Street invests hugely in the new upcoming curriculum.. One that has no mention of blacks, slavery, Civil War, Segregation, Martin Luther King, Brown vrs Education; even the word Africa is deleted… Now all old books have to be scrapped in order to continue receiving Race to the Top money.. New online materials are sold instead. They are ranked pure by the ARJ, because the ARJ was involved writing them. No other materials are allowed the Federal Government mandates. The states spend billions upgrading their universities’curricula. Secondary education is immediately affected… All references to blacks must be expunged. New materials are ordered and the entire state is put on the ARJ curriculum…
New tests are rolled out. Schools are ranked negatively by how well they knew black history. Students who had been taught before, and knew black history and answered the questions correctly, pulled down their schools scores. A big push was made to erase and re-educate these children even to the point of lying, just to offer an alternative to history as they knew it.. Parents were answering children’s questions about homework the old way, and unknowingly flunking their children… “No, that’s not how we do things these days”, parents were later told.
More new rankings appeared. Delaware is very low. Markell blames the bloggers. Even Jea Street blames the bloggers for making Delaware a low scoring state. The News Journal writes an op-ed piece that says, “it is time to make Delaware white; we have to improve our rankings… “
The University of Delaware receives a $34 million dollar grant from David Koch to implement an all white curricula. Delaware State University receives a $15 million Koch grant to power-wash its dorms, sidewalks and parking spaces. The state of Delaware gets a $50 million Koch Grant to create a new pro-ARJ think tank and puts them on the seventh floor of the Community Services Building there on 10th and Orange. They echo what Markell says, and he echos what they say, and the News Journal echos what both say, and Jea Street get quoted saying… “this is great for black children”….
But then.. something goes horribly wrong….
The Christina School District votes not to implement segregation materials at the secondary school level. The Governor berates them. The News Journal berates them. Rodell berates them. Jea Street berates them.. but in the end, they vote “no” to segregation of blacks from all other races… “It is just not right”, says their head, Superintendent Freeman.
The News Journal gets $1 million for future ads from the Koch Foundation, and runs op-ed pieces blaming the Christina Board for setting all of Delaware backwards by not following what is proven right. “Christina Jeopardizes All Delaware Future Funding” Sweeney pens… It cites ARJ study after ARJ study showing how only states with all white colleges are good schools. Frederika Jenner (who is white btw) of the DSEA says that though blacks have done well under the old desegregation plan, they were currently holding Delaware back and needed to be thrown under the bus, and so therefore, the DSEA was behind what was now being called, the White Core standards… Build a strong white core, and this nation will last forever was the ARJ slogan of the minute… the Koch funded Rodel, put it up on billboards all over the state.
The Secretary of Education makes a visit to Mt. Pleasant, now an all white pilot school, and praises the great improved results it has shown. The black teachers there step up to the microphone and praise Markell for making their jobs so much easier by getting rid of all the problem students…
The bloggers keep on it. Looking at the data, the standards, the money, they realize there is no evidence for the premise that white schools are better than black… They cite the evidence and show, that the rankings that started the whole ball rolling were rankings of “how white our colleges and universities were”, and had nothing to do with education learned. They discovered that data which distinctly disproved the theory that “white was bright”, was shoved aside and ignored. In fact they tracked down the researcher and asked him how he came to his conclusions out of all the evidence pointing otherwise… “I just made it up” he said… “I came up with that figure just out of thin air.”
The bloggers traced the money. They found the ARJ was fully funded by the Kochs. They found that all those organizations supporting the ARJ, journalists, and education experts, had all received large grants from the Kochs. They found that the global evidence showing “white was bright”, wasn’t right. It was income related. Blacks in nations where everyone was rich enough to be well educated, were smarter than whites in poorer areas…
After 5 years, the Federal money began to run out. States started looking at the costs.. Holy Cow! What are we going to do with all these uneducated black people they wondered? How much more will increased crime, depression of wages, unemployment, caused by this White Core policy, cost our states…
One by one, different states began to bail out. As the deadline for the new tests approached (tests denying any existence of Africans in America), states began bailing. “Our Constitution says blacks should help determine their own educational future”, several states said, and they began dropping out. In each state, Constitutionalists began rallying to get rid of White-Core. They held meetings in Constitutional supportive areas of the nation and began holding elected officials to the Constitution.
“You are making a sub-race of American citizens” they said. “This is unconstitutional…” The Delaware Chamber of Commerce made fun of them… Called them stupid hicks or something like that… “Dumb Suck-ass Countians” was the wording Rick Jensen used, I think… (followed by a “HEE-Haw” sound-bite Greg would play). Markell went onto Chuck Todd’s TV show to deride these Constitutionals as being backward hicks and unconcerned that Delaware was ranked near the bottom of the ARJ’s list of good colleges…
“These people just don’t get it” Markell said… Chuck Todd echoes sadly, shakes his head. “Why would they be against good schools” as the camera fades back and the editor cuts to commercial.
Sweeney write a piece for the News Journal… Delaware Extremists Want Delaware To Go Backwards.” Why, he berates, when the answer is so clear, do Delawareans not push to go forward?” He continues… “Experts say ” (quoting ARJ researchers) that blacks bring down education. It is time to go separate even if it is not equal.”
The KKK emails it’s entire mailing list and tells each recipient to write letters to the News Journal… “We want better education for our kids. WE don’t want blacks in our schools. Help keep Delaware’s education racially pure!”
Members of the Christina board write back. John Kowalko writes back. Steve Newton writes back… All say the data is flawed. We have evidence that if given the same education, and the same at home support, blacks are equal or even smarter than whites.
They say: “if someone with enough money uses their own criteria to judge something, then create a response, then buys sufficient influence, the wrong thing can get done before the American public is even aware of the horrible consequences it will cause…..
Which, as you may guess, is the whole point of this “what if” exercise to show… Because it happened, already. Just as I said….
It is beginning. Destroying history to change history. In Delaware a principal forbids his teacher from allowing a Holocaust survivor to enter a classroom and give their personal perspective on what it was like to be a Holocaust survivor… This setup has been a regular function in the school. Same players, new policy… and it was blamed on Common core…..
The principal’s own words…
“What common core standard are the kids learning by listening to her.”
The second statement was:
“We are not here to teach the Holocaust…they will get that in High School…”
Could it be that the principal is a closet Nazi, and wants this historical revision. Perhaps he is a white supremest, and soon will lead teachers to quietly forget Black History Month as well? Already in the packets there is no mention anywhere that slavery is bad, in fact, perhaps there are plans to soon begin teaching slavery was a great Conservative way to ensure cheap labor. Or perhaps, any mention of how great the Democratic Party was in the 20th Century, will likewise be banned, dropped from being taught entirely, and only pap from the Republican corporate era will be allowed to enter the curriculum?
Hyperbole? Or a real threat? Who knows? it could be either or both!
Always in the past, it used to be that teachers could work around such guidelines. As in this case they could ask someone to come in and tell true stories to enlarge their student’s perspectives..
“But… we are not here to teach the Holocaust…..”
Because does having her speak teach reading text? No.. Does having her speak teach mathematical concepts? No. .
Therefore it cannot be important; therefore by this principal, it is forbidden…
“What common core standard are the kids learning by listening to her.”
And from the words of Delaware’s next head of its teacher’s union on this: “Is what this principal said just relative to this one school? No. We are hearing this from across the state. The humanities are being stripped from our schools in favor of test prep and everything Common Core…”
And so it begins….. selective , bland, cut-and-paste pieces of curriculum. No longer is a school supposed to teach about the life lesson or experiences of others, but rather, only cut-and paste pieces of common core standards…. As a parent, having my child hear an actual holocaust survivor, (something I’ve never had the opportunity to hear), is a far more important lesson than the ridiculous stupid crap David Coleman calls curriculum.
Perhaps this principal, being an evangelical Christian, has something against Jews and this is his vengeful way of using Common Core to exercise it? Perhaps elsewhere, those with prejudices will do likewise, blame the stringent standards of Common Core to prevent certain parts of our past history from ever being taught….
Soon (and this actually falls within the context of Common Core standards) our children are likely to get taught……
“In the beginning was the Corporation. And all about it … was good….”.
This is why every single parent alive today who has ever become involved with their children’s education and has actually with their own eyes, looked at the Common Core materials being sent home, becomes horrified and quickly becomes violently opposed to Common Core. It is a far greater threat to civilization than anything the Koch Brother’s funded ALEC ever dreamed to be. Right now almost all of us know the Koch Brothers are warped, frustrated old men. But in a generation, college graduates will think there is no better ideal way to be.
It begins by outlawing the teaching of the Holocaust because of Common Core.
There was a very strange pamphlet that showed up in Sussex County, sanctioned by the REPUBLICAN sheriff down there.. Here is the quote…
Fact: Sheriffs in Delaware are not law enforcement officers. They are paper pushers. Their only duty is to serve court papers such as divorce proceedings and the auction of houses… By law, they are not allowed to form “posse’s”
I can remember however, a long, long time ago, when rural people who didn’t agree with Federal guidelines that was being imposed upon them, would arm themselves, gather in the middle of the night under a certain tree, or a bend of the road, and ride out to perform their own particular brand of justice.
We called them the Klu Klux Klan…… Is Sheriff Christopher trying to revive them…..
When Mitt Romney talks, you turn your head to the next person and go WTF?
That can’t be right.
But, it is…
It is just that the bending of the data is so erratically complex that a bizarre conclusion comes out of the box…
It is like the drunk girl who goes up to the funny mirror just off the boardwalk, bends over slightly, and while staring at the mirror, says: “Look, I’m kissing myself. there…..”
You go and look at the image, and sure enough… she is kissing herself, .. there…
That is how you have to listen to Mitt Romney, or any Republican who is funded by hedge-fund mangers…. You do it for the experience, knowing that what they are saying, is if nothing else, creative, but if you ever rise to believe it, you will be called into question yourself, for your gullibility….
First reaction: WTF
Second reaction: How can that be?
Third reaction: Analysis:
Since the day that Obama took office, the number of unemployed women has increased by 858,000….
The Facts… the 858,000 is valid,
The Recession began December 2007 and ended June 2009. More jobs were lost in the Republican Party Recession than the last four recessions put together. (Ironically almost 858,000 more) ….
Over that entire time span, 3.4 million men and 1.8 million women have lost jobs since the Republican caused recession started, according to statistics. That means over the whole course of events, women have lost 34.6% portion of the jobs lost…
If you look here (Bureau of Labor Statistics) you can see how this 92.3% figure could occur….
The recession caused by the housing bubble and lack of sources of new construction investment, hit mens jobs hard between 2007 and 2009. In the first thirteen months of the recession, all under George W. Bush and Dick Cheney’s tour of office, men lost jobs at a 10 to one rate compared to women. That is why, this Republican Recession is often called the “mancession” repeatedly over and over since it has first been documented.
After all the men had lost their jobs first, … that is when we swore in a new president, and the only jobs left to lose,… were those of women. The economy continued to fail because of Republican policies still on the books, and as it failed, more jobs had to go. Women were cut too, as a last resort….
That is fact.
What we have is Romney contorting the evidence so obliquely that we are able to pull a startling statistic out of the ass of computations, and say…. damn, this shit stinks.
What really stinks, is that Republicans deregulated industry so much that the top wage earners could actually steal investors money, and not go to jail. What really stinks is that Republicans didn’t enforce regulations already on the books, which were there to prevent this whole event from happening to the extent it did… It’s as if the Wilmington Police chief gave away free bags of cocaine openly on Market Street to keep gun-lords from shooting each other over territorial issues, and one night the whole town overdosed. What really stinks, is that during this entire time, instead of building up the treasury by buying back bonds before they were due, Republicans spent money loosely without deciding how it was too be paid back… What really stinks, is that Republicans voted time and time again to raise the debt ceiling over Democrat’s objections…
Fact is, if we’d elected Gore in 200o we would ALL be rich now. But … we fucked up. We voted Republican…
The real tragedy behind Mitt Romney, is that he is not addressing the core issue: Republican policies do not work. He knows this. He ran as a moderate Republican in Massachusetts and actually did a decent job.
So, the tragedy, is… that as Mitt Romney twists these numbers to make the real hero, President Obama look bad, Mitt himself is running on the very same policies that caused, aided, and abetted the giant Republican Recession we are trying to outgrow this very minute…. 4 and a quarter years later…
That, is the tragedy….
And until Mitt Romney addresses how he will prevent those same policies from leading us to the same result,….. NO ONE; I repeat, no one can believe Mitt Romney….
Call every Congressional person and tell them this is preposterous.
Remember the baby video maker who was sued because of the pop music playing in the background?
This is foolishness, and every Delawarean, yea, even every national, Congressperson needs to know it…
Perhaps, perhaps, if it is passed, Hollywood can sell a couple of more movies…. But if it is passed, it will be the death of the first amendment… you and me, are gone….. morte…
There can be never be censorship of the Internet… Never. and period….
Facts are a Republicans worst nightmare…..
Republicans zero’d out the Interagency Council on Homelessness. This agency is what makes churches and private taking care of homeless possible.
Republicans zero’d out $1.1 billion from Head Start. Putting 200,000 toddlers on the streets, and eliminating 55,000 teachers.
Republicans zero’d out the Administration on Aging, and cut out block grants which keep Meals on Wheels and Senior Centers alive.
Republicans cut out 81,000 people from getting food each day, by zeroing out the Commodity Supplemental Food Program, which provides food to low-income Americans….
Republicans zero’d out money being sent to poverty-focused international assistance programs, which will largely hurt women and girls who have no other source of food or medical help.
But they will not raise one penny on millionaire and billionaires…
These guys are really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, really, … sick.
One might as well come right out and say it.. The Tea Party movement is based on race… There is no other explanation.
Lets assume, just for fun, that black is white… and white is black….
Imagine that thousands of black protesters, bussed in from Wilmington, Philadelphia, New York, Baltimore, and DC, were to descend upon Dover’s Green, next to our General Assembly, armed with AK-47s, M-1’s, and handguns stocked with live ammunition. And imagine that the television cameras happen to conveniently catch some of these protesters — all wearing hoodies — ranting over the need for violent political revolution and armed conflict, should laws they despised, ever be enforced by the government? Would you see them as brave defenders of the Second Amendment, or would shit in your pants and want them all “lined up and shot”? Don’t answer! You know how you’d see them.
We all know this happened… but black was white… and Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting slogans.
Imagine John Boehner, Mitch McConnell, and Michelle Bachman, while walking to work, got surrounded by thousands of angry black people, one of whom proceeded to spit so much in Michelle Bachman’s hair, it caused her to look like she had just exited a Penn State frat party. It was done for no reason, except that she had not voted the way that black demonstrator with a Muslim beard and saggy pants, had desired.
Would you see this as merely patriotic Americans voicing their opinions, or would it be apparent to you, that it was an angry, potentially violent, and even a subversive mob of really dumb ass people?
Again, we all know that this happened… but black was white… and Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting the slogans.
Imagine the Fresh Prince of Bel Air, a rap artist, were to say, in reference to a white president: “He’s a piece of shit and I told him to suck on my machine gun.”
This happened… but black was white… and Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Imagine that a pill popping black radio host with the face of an ass, were to suggest that the only way to get promoted in the administration of any white president was to “hate black people,” or that a prominent white General had only endorsed a white presidential candidate cause they were both the same color, or blamed a white president because a fight occurred one of our nation’s school buses in which a black kid was jumped by two white kids, or if this ass faced radio host had said that he wouldn’t want to kill all conservatives, but rather, would like to leave just enough—“living fossils” as he called them—“so we will never forget what these people stood for.” After all, we all know these are things Rush Limbaugh has said….. and when he did, Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Imagine that a black pastor, formerly a member of the U.S. military, were to declare, as part of his opposition to a white president’s policies, that he was ready to “suit up, get my gun, go to Washington, and do what they trained me to do.”
Meanwhile the Republicans cheer and line up to lick the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Imagine a black radio talk show host gleefully predicting a revolution by people of color if the government continues to be dominated by the rich white men who have been “destroying” the country, or if said radio personality were to call Christians or Jews non-humans, or say that when it came to conservatives, the best solution would be to “hang ‘em high.”
And Republicans stand up to cheer and line up to lick the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Imagine a black political commentator, with very odd hands, suggesting that the only thing the guy who flew his plane into the Austin, Texas IRS building did wrong was not blowing up Fox News instead.
… and the Republicans cheered and licked the butts of those shouting the slogans…
Even if one-third of the anger currently being hurled at President Obama, were being aimed by people of color at a white Republican president, how many whites would wax eloquent about every black person’s right to free speech, to own a gun, and praise all the glories of democracy?
On the other hand, how many of them would be instead calling for crackdowns on unlawful behavior, and investigations into the radical agendas of all those armed people of color?
Bottom line… Free speech, intimidation, and the right to insurrection, being championed everywhere across the Republican spectrum, … is only “right” if it’s “white”…
To each and every one of us who are color blind….. Intimidation is not right at all…
There are common laws of human decency, that boil down to the realization that ALL men do not share the same agenda. We are blessed that it was OUR founding fathers who realized that this could be a good thing… The open expression of ideas and the public rebuttal of the criticism of them, allows for cream of this country, to rise to the top…
Any group, white or black, that doesn’t abide by such common lows of human decency, … “deserves to be lined up and shot”.
If as a nation we go that far, just make sure we dump their carcasses in a salt dome… We wouldn’t want those tea bags, either white or dark, leaching into our aquifers…
Funny, … I don’t hear Republicans lining up to cheer….
Why? Because the Tea Party is all about being anti black; Anyone who has ever heard Martin Luther King Jr. speak to a crowd, … knows in his heart, there is no other explanation.
That includes Michael Steele, and David Anderson. At some point, like Senator Robert Byrd, they will come clean about their past…..
… and so ends Conservatism. exactly 30 years after it began.
It has been an amazing day on the international news front… These three stories are all tied together, thanks to the skill of the new administration…
1) The opening of dialogue with Cuba.
2) The handshake with Chavez of Venezuela
3) The UN walkout of the president of Iran’s diatribe of Israeli racism…
All three show a break from outdated Republican policies….
First with Cuba… A State Department’s go-slow approach was shocked by the admission of Raul Castro, that he is ready to discuss “human rights, freedom of the press, political prisoners… everything.” He said: “We could be wrong.. We admit it. We’re human beings too.
Ok, so how long have we had the embargo? And now…. we get the admission.. If you want progress, you must have dialogue… Those who punish first, expecting capitulation, are just plain wrong.. That of course includes the entire Republican Party…As most of you are now just finding out, they are just plain wrong…
The handshake from Chavez was motivated more by how much Obama is worshiped in Venezuela than by any policy change… Chavez cannot afford the appearance of being the enemy of one so admired by his own constituents… Therefore as long as the US interests do not directly impinge upon the welfare of Venezuela’s citizens, we should have an ally in Chavez who must appear to be on our side, especially since he may have his own domestic challengers… And as most of America knows, the criticism Chavez leveled at our former administration, was shared by 65% of Americans as well… In fact, America went to the polls in record numbers to elect our current president, simply because our last one was so bad…
Now with a simple handshake, we have far more political inroads into Venezuela than we ever would have had Obama dissed Chavez as did Bush… You might remember how stupid every American was seen to be, because Bush would never mention Chavez by name? We were the joke of civilization… and well deserved we should be.. Anyone out there who still thinks we should treat Chavez as a stepchild, is simply ignorant… And yes, they are also all Republicans….
Third, the president of Iran got up and railed against Israel’s racist policies… He was jeered off stage and half of the crowd walked out… Here we gave him the rope, and he hung himself… Today he gave the United States’ cause for the support of Israel, far more credibility than had we as the old administration would have done, forbid him from coming and speaking… The old policy gave him support among his allies… Today, based on his personal implosion, his allies are running away for cover…. He is far more isolated upon the world’s stage, than at any time over the past administration’s misjudgements….
Hence the brilliance of the Biden/ Obama tact… Let our enemies do our work for us.. Let them ruin their stature in the world by themselves, without us damaging ours in the process…
But if one of our former enemies can outmaneuver us on the global stage, so that they truly appear willing to change, and anxious to open new relations up with us, then after all these wasted years it appears they weren’t really our enemies after all…
Of course Republicans will complain they are… But then, by now, we all know that when it comes to governing, Republicans don’t know much of anything.