by Craig Masters
Jesse Jackson was a popular chorus leader at least week’s Chicago Teachers’ Union rally. The video available online shows a crowd of people (teachers?) being led in meaningless, senseless chants. Jackson then reverts to his worn out, never ending, decades old rhetoric about the marches for civil rights in the South.
This is a man who has made his career from one thing and one thing only – convincing black people that white people are holding them back in life. To be successful, and to be able to continue to hold on to his leadership position in the race-baiting business of the Democratic party, Jackson needs opportunities like the Chicago teachers’ strike. This is a made-to-order event for a professional in the race business.
Monday’s Chicago Sun-Times published a column by Jesse Jackson in which the byline also included the e-mail address: firstname.lastname@example.org. In the article Jackson makes some extraordinary claims such as that the “union members have no objection to evaluation….” He even offers the idea that standardized tests have a “perverse effect” on teachers and “aren’t particularly good ways to measure teacher performance.”
But true to form for liberals today, Jackson is long on complaints and short on ideas. So rather than offer a single constructive idea in his 500 + words column published by the most influential media outlet in the Chicago area, he tries to explain that the real reasons for the strike are everything else but pay and evaluations that create job insecurity for poor performing teachers.
However, in the end, he does make one suggestion. He suggests that race and more money must be a part of any long-term solution. Race and money, what a surprise.
A former south-side community organizer, now often seen on the steps of the White House, has realized that he has already won on the race card and is way out front in the contest to pass out more money. But still the kids aren’t learning how to be free and responsible Americans.
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