Hessie L. Harris – April 4, 2017


The solving of a problem is sometimes made far more difficult by having to deal with those who have a vested interest in maintaining the status quo.

The NAACP, the Congressional Black Caucus and other so-called civil rights have voiced their opposition to charter schools. Those entities are also equally opposed to school voucher programs. Both of those approaches have been remarkably successful in education of minority students.

That opposition, fueled and funded by teachers’ unions, lays bare a disgusting dirty open secret for all to see:  those folks do not want minority students to succeed academically for the following reasons.

First, genuine academic success would mean that graduating students would qualify for employment.  It is a national disgrace that so many “graduating” minority students cannot read the diploma that they receive, put together a grammatically correct simple sentence, or do basic arithmetic.  Also, educated high school graduates seeking higher education would be college-ready.  That would mean colleges would not be issuing counterfeit degrees based on lowered academic standards and watered down and/or fluff courses. 

Second, real academic success would mean that the students would become goal-oriented, independent thinking, rational, financially self-sufficient, productive and responsible citizens contributing positively to their communities and country.  Such would be in stark contrast to what the failing schools are producing: an irresponsible, indoctrinated, dependent, exploited, angry population filling the welfare rolls and/or being drawn into criminal behavior.

Finally, truly educated students will destroy the myth that minorities do not perform or fare well in this country because of a racist society.  Sadly, that myth is what certain entities rely upon to justify their existence and stay in business.   Those social justice warriors intimidate to obtain, as well as demand, money from various sources supposedly to address the ills of the lack of opportunity.  However, the funds never reach those to whom they are intended except for the portion given in the form of “free stuff” trinkets and welfare dependency.  It has been clearly shown, over the years, that the rest goes to inflated salaries, waste and fraud.  The late James Brown, the soul singer, gave in lyrics the message that minorities need to take the path to independence instead of entitlements.  He said, “I don’t want nobody to give me nothing. Open up the door. I’ll get it myself.”  The charter school movement and school voucher programs are opening that door.   The teachers’ unions, the bought off NAACP and Congressional Black Caucus as well as others professing to be civil rights leaders are pushing hard, to keep it closed.