So, the Governor has dismissed 6 of the 9 board members and appointed a committee to interview candidates to replace them. But lo! The NAACP suddenly has an “issue” with what is going on in DeKalb Schools! Remarkably, they did not stand up for the majority black children suffering the inadequate educational system and low-level test scores that will hamper their futures. No – that’s not an issue – they don’t mind that up to 60,000 young black children will leave the DeKalb school system ill prepared for work or college – or that many will end up in jail. Yes, we do have pockets of good schools and many, many young black students from DeKalb do go on to college. But – many do not. We challenge the NAACP to advocate for them – for their “Advancement.”
Below is a comment posted to our blog by an African-American contributor from south DeKalb. The new generation will not tolerate this politically motivated group of “leaders.” They are demanding attention. They “get” it. They can’t be fooled and manipulated any more. People have begun to realize that the issue of inequity is not about race – it’s about class and access. When black leaders access power and money, they are no different than anyone else – they will keep others down in order to continue to fund their own agendas — even if those they keep down ARE supposedly their agenda.
“Where were the NAACP and LEGISLATORS when BOE members were hiring F&F who were making more than teachers? Where were they when they RIF’d innocent teachers, while leaving their favorites intact? Where were they when staff members were bullied, black-balled, and mistreated by the BOE and administers? Where were they when candidates were purposely overlooked and incompetent people were given positions due to their affiliations? Where were they when teachers were written up for taking off to care for themselves or family members? Where were they when administrators purposely gave gave teachers NI’s? Where were they when Special Education teachers were asked to cover classes? Where are they now, when schools in southern DeKalb are so out of order? Are they volunteering in the schools? Are/were they marching in the streets of DeKalb for our students and teachers to have a safe teaching and learning environment? Are they worried that teachers can’t teach, but are expected to deliver the same results as students in central and northern DeKalb? Are they talking to BOE members as to why teachers are exiting DeKalb in large numbers? Are there NAACP activities going on in Candler, Glenwood, Covington, Memorial? Where are they? Where were they when Eugene Walker sat on his throne like he was GOD at the BOE meetings? Where were they? Where are they now? They are advocating for people who couldn’t care less about their own people; the same people who throw race in the picture when someone exposes their misdeeds. The evidence has shown that we’re top heavy, yet every year they take more teachers away from the people who need their support the most–our children. To me, that is a breach of trust. This blog has done a lot to expose them. Their misdeeds have even made the news. They can no longer tell their constituents that it’s racism because our eyes are open. We may not get it right every time, but the voters in South DeKalb are now listening. We may not choose who those in North DeKalb want, but we will be very selective from this point forward. Further, this system has been a jobs program for F&F for many years. When Dr. Brown saw that, he ordered the audit and wanted to make changes, but once the audit came out, [showing millions in salary overpayments to administrators] he was offered a nice severance package of nearly $500,000. Along came Crawford Lewis, and well, we know the rest of the story.”