According to a Baltimore School Teacher it’s not Bad Teachers but Bad Students that are the Problem

Posted by PITHOCRATES - August 4th, 2013

Week in Review

The left keeps saying we need to have a dialog on race.  Which means do nothing, excuse bad behavior and spend more money.  That’s their idea of dialog.  Because for them there’s nothing to talk about.  For when it comes to racial issues they have two simple rules.  Rule #1:  Whites are to blame.  Rule #2: When blacks are to blame see Rule #1.  Why?  To curry favor in the black community.  To get them to vote for them.  And that’s all they care about.  Even if they worsen the condition in the black community in the process.  Because they don’t care about the plight of black people.  They just want their votes.

In today’s society you cannot criticize blacks behaving badly without the left calling you a racist.  Even if you don’t mention race.  If you say ‘Joe is behaving badly’ and Joe is black then your comment ‘Joe is behaving badly’ reeks of racism.  Because of this people are reluctant to criticize blacks behaving badly.  Because it will bring the wrath of the left down upon you.  Stirring up trouble for you where you work and where you live.  Which is the last thing most people want.  So they don’t criticize blacks behaving badly.  Which only encourages some blacks to behave badly (see A brave Baltimore teacher speaks the truth about schools, students by GREGORY KANE posted 8/1/2013 on the Washington Examiner).

Dave Miceli doesn’t know me from a hole in the ground, but he’s my new hero.

Anyone that can dredge up the guts to teach in Baltimore’s public schools automatically becomes a candidate for hero status in my book, especially if said anyone has taught in these schools for 20 years, as Miceli has.

But it was his bold, insightful, no-punches-pulled letter to the editors of the July 15 edition of the Baltimore Sun that put Miceli on my hero’s list…

“I have taught in the Baltimore public school system for the past two decades. What we need is better students. We have many excellent teachers. I cannot count the number of students who have physically destroyed property in the schools.

“They have trashed brand new computers, destroyed exit signs, set multiple fires, destroyed many, many lockers, stolen teachers’ school supplies, written their filth on the tops of classroom desks, defecated in the bathrooms and stairwells, assaulted teachers (beyond constantly telling them to perform certain impossible acts upon themselves) and refused to do any homework or class work.

You can bet that Baltimore school honchos and some elected officials want Miceli fired so badly they can almost taste it. Oddly enough, what probably saves Miceli from being canned are two things that conservatives — rightly so, in most cases — feel are precisely what’s wrong with American education.

That would be teachers’ unions and tenure. With his two decades of teaching, Miceli has tenure. Members of the Baltimore Teachers Union — and its leaders — probably don’t know whether to love or lynch the guy.

So Miceli probably knew that he wouldn’t be fired for his letter, but he’s courageous for saying what he said in a city that’s majority black, with a school system that’s majority black, and where most of the elected officials are black Democrats.

A majority black city?  A majority black school system?  And a majority of black elected officials?  So it’s safe to say that at least some of these students behaving badly are black.  And if these predominantly black Democrat cities have a high black unemployment rate perhaps the conversation we should be having is why aren’t these students doing their homework?  Why aren’t they doing their class work?  For if they aren’t doing their school work how are they going to possess the skills an employer would expect of a high school graduate?  And if they’re not doing their work in high school how are they going to be able to go on to college.  Which is just a much harder high school?

Perhaps this is the reason for the high black unemployment rates in our big Democrat-controlled cities.  Because the left sacrifices these kids for political reasons.  So they can blame racist white Republicans for preventing these kids from doing their homework and their class work.  For remember rule number 2.  Which states, “When blacks are to blame see Rule #1.”  Which states “Whites are to blame.”  Even when it’s black teachers in a black school district in a black city run by black Democrats.

This is the dialog the left wants to have.  So the right understand these two rules.  So they, too, do nothing, excuse bad behavior and spend more money.

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FT179: “If you keep finding racism where it doesn’t exist you will never bring the races together.” —Old Pithy

Posted by PITHOCRATES - July 19th, 2013

Fundamental Truth

Teens who listen to Gansta Rap want People to think that they are Badass Gangbangers

Everybody is in agreement that George Zimmerman was not a racist.  That his trial for the shooting and killing of Trayvon Martin was fair.  But few like the verdict.  And blame the verdict on systemic racism in the United States.  Demanding a dialog on race.  With even the president finally weighing in.  Saying young black men grow up in a world where they are stigmatized by everyday traumatic events.  Like hearing people locking their car doors when they approach.  And women clutching their purses and holding their breath whenever a black teen or young man enters an elevator.

Stigmatized?  Traumatized?  Doubtful.  These are the same teens who listen to gangsta rap.  Who want people to think that they are badass gangbangers.  Who wear their pants low around their buttocks.  Sagging.  Like their hip hop heroes wear.  And prisoners.  (The penal system issues clothing a size or two too large.  And doesn’t let prisoners have belts.  To prevent suicides.  Or using them as a garrote.  So prisoners’ pants sag.)  Who they view as some of the baddest of badasses.  And they like to wear hoodies.  Because a lot of people fear people wearing hoodies.  As a lot of people who rob stores and banks wear hoodies.  (Because hoodies help conceal the face and make identification more difficult.)

So it is unlikely that these teens and young men are stigmatized.  People reacting in fear is probably the reaction they’re going for.  For it’s all about manliness.  Teens and young men, whatever race, want to look manly.  And tough.  That’s why a lot of them get into fights.  And why any personal slight is taken as a dis of the highest order.  For it threatens their manliness.  Because a person only dares dis someone they are not afraid of.  Someone they feel they can fight and win.  That is, someone whose manliness they do not respect.

The Political Left has long demonized White America as Racist

The president wants a dialog on race.  To bring the races together.  But who exactly is pushing them apart?  When the political left keeps saying America is a racist country and that a young black man’s life isn’t worth as much as a young white man’s life is that bringing the races together?  Or pushing them apart?

What does it do to a young black person growing up hearing this?  Does it make him or her like white people more?  Or less?  Does it make them want to assimilate into the American culture?  Or, because they perceive that culture as white, do they want to be part of their own culture? To differentiate themselves from that ‘racist’ white culture?   It would appear they do.  For they even have changed who they are.  To further separate them from white America.  Where whites are Americans.  But blacks are African-Americans.  Even if they were born in America.

So it’s not white America driving the races apart.  It’s the political left who has demonized white America as racist.  And it’s African-Americans who grow up learning that America is racist.  Who grow angry and a little racist themselves.  I mean, who wouldn’t?  If we teach them that in the schools, if they see it on television and hear it in the music how are they not going to grow up hating white people at least a little?  And magnify any instance of racism into proof of that racist society they’ve learned about all their lives?

Affirmative Action probably creates a little Racism

The president said he experienced the trauma of people fearing him when he was a young black man.  Acknowledging that he knows how racist this country is.  This country that elected him, a black man, president.  Twice.  Did a racist country do this out of white guilt?  Or was it just affirmative action that got him to the White House?  Or was it his positive message of bringing the country together?  This country that has never been so divided on race?

The racial problems we have in this country appear to have less to do with racism.  And more to do with politics.  When affirmative action (actions taken based on race) lets less qualified blacks into college over more qualified whites that isn’t racism.  But complaining about it is.  When you can fire whites in the workplace easier than you can fire blacks that isn’t racism.  But complaining about it is.  Affirmative action is supposed to correct past wrongs.  By punishing people who were not responsible for those past wrongs.  Which probably creates a little racism.  Not against black people per se.  But against a system using racist policies (affirmative action) to give some people an unfair advantage.  That is, using racism to redress racism.

America is not a racist country.  Yes, there are racists in the country.  But they are the exception.  Not the rule.  For President Obama could not have won election twice without white people voting for him.  But racism exists.  In large part because of the political left.  Who teaches black kids that white people are racist.  And finding racism where it doesn’t exist.   So blacks learn at an early age to shun white America.  Even calling themselves African-Americans.  To further widen the racial divide.  And black teens and young black men wear their pants low.  They wear hoodies.  To look like badass gangstas.  And when they frighten white women in an elevator it’s the white women who have a problem.  Because they are frightened by badass gangstas.  For these white women, too, have heard what a racist country we live in.  And may fear these badass gangstas may want to redress that racism.  So they lock their car doors.  And clutch their purses.

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