OK, so I think I've calmed down enough to blog about the latest developments in the ongoing saga of the Huntsville City School system, and the desire of the Board of Education, City of Huntsville, the Chamber of Commerce, the PTSA, the board of Realtors, the media, and the business community to gain unitary status in name only, so they can self segregate without impunity. Ironically this is a school system that used to have a reputation for diversity and academic excellence. Being employed by Huntsville City Schools used to be a sought after privilege.
When I say the status quo wants a unitary school district in name only, it's because they think it's perfectly natural for schools to be identifiably white/black/brown/poor. It's not their fault parents live in districts with failing schools. If they want their child to attend a good school they should move into a district with good schools. It's them there housing patterns (they created) in the name in urban renewal that are the cause of the self segregation.
The schools in north Huntsville are failing because of crime, and that's what the black clergy, elected officials and community leaders need to concentrate on instead of demanding equity and worrying about names of buildings, and rock quarries. Typed with much sarcasm.
The children in north Huntsville don't want to learn, they are all aspiring gang members and thugs, whose parents want free stuff from the government so they use their money to buy beer, guns, get their hair and nails done, and make babies out of wedlock. It's makes no sense to throw good money after bad trying to educate them. Snark
This is who they are and what they do.
The ACLU and a State Senator request information regarding the school districts monitoring of some students social media accounts and expulsions, they tell them to shove it.
The community organizes a march and a petition to keep the name and legacy of J.O.Johnson High School, they violate their own naming policy and rename the school, despite the fact they let other new schools keep their names after protests.
Black elected officials write a letter to the federal desegregation judge complaining about not being heard, they accused them of stealing money and trying to hurt the children.
Black ministers organize a mass community meeting in support of the of the justice department, they stage a stand in the school house door, and a coup d'etat of the J.O.Johnson PTSA.
Parents and citizens try to address the board with their concerns, or generate a petition calling for the resignation of the superintendent, they deny parents that right (pun intended) unless they live in Huntsville proper because it interferes with board business, and citizens have to write down their questions on index cards and have them read (if they are lucky) by the Director of Community Engagement, whose job it is to not only read the questions, but to write speeches for Board members, and send out mass emails ordering teachers and principals to attend a rally on the school house steps
North Huntsville Clergy and Community Leaders demand the resignation of Dr. Casey WARdynski and demand equity for north Huntsville schools, they extend his contract, make it ever green , without public comment.
Who the heck do north Huntsville elected officials, clergy, community leaders, and citizens think they are? Taxpayers? What gives them the right to demand anything? Don't they know they need to government to take care of them?
About that Director of Community Spying.....
In a previous post, The Composer made a tongue in cheek referral to David Driscoll as the Director of Community Spying, but when you look a little closer you find the characterization has a ring of truth.
Who is David Driscoll? According to his LinkedIn profile he is a former radio personality/sales director and President of the The Driscoll Group consulting/business services. According to AL.com his firm does consulting work for Huntsville City Schools.
McGinnis, Wilder and Ferrell on Thursday issued a statement through the Driscoll Group, which does consulting work for Huntsville City Schools, in support of extending Wardynski's contract.The Driscoll Group Facebook invites readers to check out the website they designed for soon to be former school board member/President, and failed State Senate candidate, David Blair.
"We believe extending Dr. Wardynski's contract an extra year is the right thing to do for the school system," the statement read. "With the ongoing court case, the construction of multiple schools and rapid changes being made to better educate our children, we feel that keeping the same team together is critical.
The counter protest in support of Casey Wardynski was organized and led by James Lomax, whose LinkedIn profile says he was previously employed by the Driscoll Group.
Lomax, a young politically-active Huntsville resident who, until August, worked for the Driscoll Group, said he organized the rally because he worries that all of the negativity toward the superintendent will "scare him away."Back to the Director of Community Spying....remember when Casey Wardynski was invited to attend a town hall meeting in north Huntsville organized by Councilman Richard Showers, which he refused to attend, but said he knew everything that was said because he said "he had people there"? Don't know about people, but I know one person that was there, and at all other community meetings.....
"Casey Wardynski coming here has really changed the landscape of the school system," Lomax said. He said Wardynski has done an excellent job since becoming superintendent.
"You don't fire someone doing a good job," Lomax said.
Enter the New South Slave Catchers, I mean, Coalition
In order to justify giving her constituents the middle finger again, District 1 school board member Laurie McCaulley claimed she received 3 emails against, and 30 emails in favor of extending Warydnski's contract. None of which she produced. What she did produce was an email she claims she received from the Huntsville Madison County Chapter of the Alabama New South Coalition the night before the vote, but AL.com reports the press release was dated the day of the vote. Oh what a tangled web we weave....
Fellow blogger Field Negro awards Field Negro and House Negro status for behavior that merits the special designation. Eye (pun intended) am going to start calling out Slave Catcher behavior. What is a slave catcher you ask? I turn the floor over to Field Negro:
You see a house Negro simply stayed in the house with massa, and he liked the house and everything in it. He would do everything to stay in the house, and would protect the house at all cost because he had a stake in it. It was where he lived, and it was where he found comfort. He would never speak against massa like the field Negroes, because he didn't want to risk losing all of that. But, even worse than the house Negro, was the slave catcher. This was the Negro who searched hardest to find us when we ran away. It was the slave catcher who the master would give the whip to tear into us when we stepped out of line. It was the slave catcher who ran right behind the blood hounds and in front of the master, when he thought one of us was hiding in the woods. It was the slave catcher who always did the master's most barbarous and sadistic deeds that even the master would not do. The slave catcher hated us even more than the master did. Who knows why? Maybe some sick demented sh#t in his past, maybe some psychological sickness that prevented him from wanting to be a part of something he has no control over. Or, a sick desire to be accepted by only those who didn't look like he does. Only the slave catcher and his shrink knows for sure.The behavior of district 1 Board Representative Laurie McCaulley, and Wilbert Brownlow, incoming President of the Huntsville Madison County Chapter of the New South Coalition, have earned them the title of Slave Catchers of the Week. Just because you like being in bondage doesn't mean the rest of us want to remain in bondage.