In what was supposed to be a symbolic gesture a group of politicians got up in the House of Representatives on January 6, 2011 and proceeded to read The United States Constitution. By so doing they attempted to bring back “the good ole days” and highlight “what this great Nation once was”. Only problem was this group’s calculated decision to omit any and all reference to the slave issue context inside this historic document.
It’s as if the human trade system—a capitalists mechanism which established America’s economic foundation by setting up the greatest wealth flow through generations of people, families, institutions, territories, cities, counties, states, and even other countries—was an old wise tale.
So it comes as absolutely no surprise that a report by the U.S. Department of Education Office for Civil Rights released on March 21, 2014 http://ocrdata.ed.gov included:
Black children represent 18% of PRESCHOOL [my emphasis] enrollment, but 48% of children receiving more than one out-of-school suspension
Black students are suspended and expelled at a rate three times greater than White students
Nearly 7% of the Nation’s Black students—totaling over half a million students—attend schools where more than 20% of the teachers have not yet met all state certification and licensing requirements
Nationwide, between 10-25% of high schools do not offer more than one of the core courses in the typical sequence of high school math and science education—such as Algebra I and II, Geometry, Biology, and Chemistry
Throw in the very disturbing article by Sarah Carr in The Nation (April) Why Are Black Students Facing Corporal Punishment in Public Schools? which introduced me to “Holmes County, Mississippi; where 83% of the residents are Black, median household income is about $22,000, has a public school district that is 99% Black and an average life expectancy that is the lowest of any county in the United States.” Young people there are standing up against using “paddling” to discipline.
In a report generated by The Civil Rights Project on March 26, 2014—that can only be described as WTF?—New York, considered by many the most progressive state in the union, is an incubator for U.S. Segregated Education. Net/Net we’re number 1 with the most segregated school districts in the country.
EXECUTIVE BRANCH•JUDICIAL BRANCH•CIVIL RIGHTS ORGANIZATIONS•BIG BUSINESS
The link and schism with our government is of course nothing new. It has always been a struggle for those who Sly Stone called Everyday People to get equal footing in this country. But what is unprecedented during the age of Obama is the length of obfuscations and the total disregard of the masses. Let’s be absolutely clear here, it is the majority of people being punished while both sides of the political spectrum deny or ignore.
While one team is blaming Republicans they are at the same squashing dissent voices when allowing big money institutions to run wild. Civil rights organizations have gone out of their way to shield President Obama from reality allowing themselves access to the White House and additional corporate dollars. Attorney General Eric Holder sits in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee (May 2013) and testifies “Banks Too Big To Jail” to justify zero prosecutions. However, when one looks at the work Mr. Holder did for banks at his previous law firm and President Obama’s top campaign donors a clearer link surfaces for the inaction. And the Supreme Court marches on in fulfilling the prophesy laid out by Fortune magazine (The Rigorous Mind of Chief Justice John Roberts: An Unflinching Look At The Man Who Is Presiding Over The Most Pro-Business Court We Have Ever Seen, January 17, 2011 ).
The National Urban League April release of its 38th edition of the State of Black America-One Nation Underemployed: Jobs Rebuild America self describes to underscore the urgency of the jobs crisis—both un-and -under employment—and how African-Americans and other communities of color can recover from the losses of the Great Recession and forge a path to economic stability and upward mobility. The annual convention in July— http://nul.org/nul/images/NUL2014-RegPamph-03.25.14-2.pdf —will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, Ohio. NUL endorses Common Core State Standards and their corporate sponsors include AT&T, Comcast, Enterprise Car Rental, Nationwide Insurance, Toyota, and the Western & Southern Financial Group.
The oldest civil rights organization, NAACP, will hold their annual convention in Las Vegas http://naacp.3cdn.net/4332fe9239cb4d3989_agm6b6xlr.pdf with much of the same type of activity (at least voter suppression will be a topic) and focus. Last week’s National Action Network http://nationalactionnetwork.net/ gathering received a lot of publicity for the very old news about its leader, in addition to the high profiles who made cameos in New York.
But it doesn’t look like any of these events tackles—or truly addresses—the problems with an out of sync Democratic Party, a wretched education policy, mass incarceration, stop & frisk or all the other rampant law enforcement abuses plaguing the urban community. Talking about job creation means squat if major corporations aren’t penalized for outsourcing precious work outside of the United States and compensating a handful of executives 100x the average worker. Is anyone asking these CEO’s, who continue to cry for more tax cuts and favors, why billions of dollars are available for stock buybacks at the same time thousands of jobs are cut or downsized?
Deny, or ignore, as if it never existed and maybe all the misery will just go away. On top of that don’t question, or worse be still, because our leaders are getting enough heat as it is.
Some folks are just out of their minds.
Connect the dots…Blacks lead every single negative measurement in quality of life outcomes. Seems to me less accountability leads to greater suffering. I believe the Occupy Movement understands that.
So does the Everyday People.
“Signed…An Educated Brother!”