Black Democrat Mayor Takes on the Teachers Unions


Northwest Digest writes about Kevin Johnson, mayor of Sacramento, California’s visit to Seattle’s Mt. Zion Baptist Church.

Kevin Johnson cares about the quality of education in our country, and particularly in his hometown. He is putting his money and his time and talents and efforts into seeing that kids who normally would not succeed are given every opportunity to succeed.

Do you know who is standing in his way? The teacher’s unions.

I think it’s time we called out the teacher’s unions who stand in the way of reform what they really are:


Yes, that’s right. If they call Tea Party racist because we oppose social entitlement programs that supposedly benefit the black population (when in reality it keeps them in as slaves to the state), then we get to call teacher’s unions who oppose education reforms proven to help young black children succeed racist.

In fact, we have every right to call them racist, because they might as well be supporting the KKK. They sit on top of an education system where only the rich and powerful are able to succeed. They sit there and every time someone complains, they squish them like a little bug. When programs that are popular among the black community, such as vouchers and charter schools, are proposed, the teacher’s union is there to try and convince everyone that everything is just fine and no reform is needed because seeing so many blacks fail is perfectly acceptable.

What do you call someone who doesn’t mind seeing the black population fail? What do you call someone who stands in the way of programs that could help them succeed?

I’m sick of it. I’ve been sick of it since I realized exactly how bad it is for people who did not grow up like me, with a mother and a father who took the time to teach us what they learned in college. I’m tired of seeing the whites and asians succeed while we do nothing for the blacks and hispanics. Our racist education system must change. I cannot support what we have in Washington State. It boggles my mind how anyone can.

Change begins by kicking out the teacher’s unions. That means getting rid of their patron party, the Democratic Party, at the local and national level. That means putting them out of power by making it lawful for someone to teach at a school without paying a single penny to the teacher’s union. That means throwing people in jail when they take money from teachers to fund political campaigns.

Change continues by freeing those with money to spend it on educating the poor with education tax credits. Change continues by shutting down failing schools, reopening them under new management as charter or voucher-financed private schools.

When we have a vibrant education community, with a full-ride, privately financed scholarship for the bottom 20% of our children to the top private schools, and enough private schools to educate every child in our state, then we will see real change.

Change is an education system not controlled by racist politicians (like Barack Obama) all too happy to see the black and hispanic populations fall by the wayside while they whip up a whirlwind of platitudes to justify canceling successful programs such as the DC voucher program.

Real change is when the education system is run by the parents of the students, when they have control of the cash and the school teachers and administrators grovel before them, begging them to send their child to their school.

I imagine a poor black or hispanic woman finding out that her child is falling behind. She goes to the school in the few moments she has between her jobs, barges into the office and demands to see the principal. She raises her voice and asks how in the world it is that her dear little Johnny is falling behind and they are incapable of solving the problem. The principal can’t blame her for inactivity—no, after all, she is spending his scholarship money on that school, and for $10,000 they better be able to teach a little kid how to write and do arithmetic! Then she announces that she has had enough, and tells them she is taking Johnny out of their school and to the school across the street where all the whites and asians attend. She can do so, because she has the money behind her decision, an education scholarship that doesn’t come from government but from the people in her community who value Johnny’s education more than the principal’s job.

We can’t sit around and wait for congress or the state legislature to do these things for us. We have to do them for ourselves, and demand that government and the unions simply get out of our way.

That’s real change that brings real hope.


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