Drowning In Racial Soup

Posted: December 4, 2008 in Education, Headlines, Our children

Racial Politics and the LAUSD
By Ron Kaye

Willie Williams, Ruben Zacarias, Bernard Parks and, now, Admiral David Brewer — when it came time for them to leave high public office, race became the No. 1 issue.

It speaks a lot about the state of the Los Angeles — the nation’s most racially diverse city where a fusion culture of black, brown, Asian and white is being born among young people — that the color of a person’s skin takes precedence over the value of their public service.

Brewer, who honed his management skills in the bureaucracy of the U.S. Navy, got the job as Superintendent of the Los Angeles Unified School District despite a lack of any experience in education.

The theory was that after a Latino educator who never got his arms around LAUSD’s bureaucratic mess and a white former governor of Colorado who proved himself to be a master builder of schools, it was time for an African-American administrator.

Within a year, it was clear the theory was faulty. Brewer wobbled in the face of Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa’s failed attempt to take control of the nation’s second largest school district and seemed to be swallowed up by the immensity of the task of reforming a 700,000-student school system that had wallowed in failure for more than two decades.

The city’s ruling elite tried to ease him out but Brewer resisted, finally succumbing to pressure to turn over most of his responsibilities to the mayor’s education point man Ray Cortines, himself a former LAUSD superintendent.

Finally, this week the heavy guns were brought out to force Brewer to take a buyout on the last two years of his $300,000 a year contract plus nearly $100,000 more for living expenses.

And that’s when race became the issue. (more…)

When Brewer was appointed School Superintendent, it was quite apparent that this was a race move. The buzz around him at that time was that he was going to whip the school system into shape, thanks in part to his military background. In short, they threw this brotha to the lions knowing full well he did not have the experience to deal with school bureaucracy. This “King of the mountain” crap is killing LAUSD, yet they continue to play this silly game of diversity over qualifications. I guess the next superintendent will be a homosexual midget (sorry, ‘little person’).

Meanwhile, the same diversity qualifications game is being played at the Federal level.

For the rainbow cabinet of the nation’s first African American president, Mary Beth Maxwell is the perfect labor secretary you’ve probably never heard of: a gay woman, community organizer and labor leader with an adopted African American son. And this founding executive director of American Rights at Work is about to get the full-court press. (more from wsj.com)


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