LOS ANGELES, April 3, 2013 — Atlanta is now educational ground zero. A school cheating scandal shows that teachers have been altering grades to pass failing students. 84 teachers and one principal have been indicted on felony charges.
As shocking as this scandal is, comments by liberal political analyst Julie Roginsky on Fox News should make eyeballs pop wide open.
Ms. Roginsky began with her normal liberal spin. No Child Left Behind caused the problem. Liberal school district corruption is therefore all George W. Bush’s fault. While this is laughable partisan hackery, what came next out of her mouth was truly destructive.
Pretending to make a “conservative” argument against national standards, she insisted that children in Harlem should not be expected to take the same tests as children in Greenwich, Connecticut.
This is where conservatives and the few remaining decent liberals should bang their fists on the table in anger and ask “Why the hell not?”
Liberals love “code words” and “dog whistles,” so let’s be clear that “Harlem” means “black” and “Greenwich, Connecticut” means “lily-white.”
Ms. Roginsky engaged in racism, pure and simple. White liberals and their “soft bigotry of low expectations” has done more damage to black children than any white supremacist could today.
Ms. Roginsky can claim until she is Smurfette blue in the face that she does not see black people as inferior. If so, then let those children take the same tests. Bring in Joe “Lean on me” Clark or Jaime “Stand and Deliver” Escalante and show how minorities can beat the pants off white kids when they rise to the challenge.
Just ask Dr. Benjamin Carson.
Before doing this, Ms. Roginsky and her liberal ilk should be forced to watch episodes of the 1970s black sitcom “Good Times.” Four decades ago, a pair of episodes dealt perfectly with issued involving education and social promotion.
One episode had youngest child and whiz kid Michael receiving a failing grade. He claimed the test was culturally biased against black kids. His parents, played brilliantly by John Amos and Esther Rolle, threatened to tan his behind. Yet after meeting the educators, they agreed with Michael. While this would seem to be a “liberal” ending, another episode went in the reverse direction.
Low achiever J.J, played by Jimmie Walker, received passing grades. Yet upon quizzing him, his father said “I’m seeing Cs but I’m hearing Fs.” They meet the teachers and realize J.J. was undeservedly moved on to get him out of the system.
He deserved to fail and J.J.’s parents told him so.
What made the parents react differently was that even though both of their sons were black, Michael had a reputation for being a smart, diligent hard-working student. J.J. was lazy. Michael got the benefit of the doubt. J.J. did not. This is a very conservative message that emphasized merit over “diversity.”
A society based on merit brings brilliant black people to the top, just as it does with whites. Dr. Thomas Sowell, Dr. Walter Williams, and Dr. Benjamin Carson are the very best at what they do. Not because of or in spite of their skin color.
A society based on social promotion elevates mediocre (at best) individuals like Barack Obama, who glide through life, charm the right people, and devalue the concept of achievement. He headed the Harvard Law Review. So what? He will not show a single scholarly work he has ever published.
This is what happens when a man is rewarded for “being,” not “doing.”
J.J. probably could not compete with the kids in Greenwich. Michael, who grew up in the same Chicago ghetto, could easily surpass them.
Yet with people like Julie Roginsky in this world, Americans would never find Michael. The issue is not national standards. The issue is having any standards at all. As we see in Atlanta, and will see in other liberal districts, there are none.
Society suffers, while liberals celebrate. It’s never about “the children.” It’s about raw liberal preservation of power.
The end result is superior men like Sowell, Williams and Carson being demonized while their racially similar but otherwise inferior Obama gets celebrated.
Brooklyn born, Long Island raised, and now living in Los Angeles, Eric Golub is a politically conservative columnist, author, public speaker, satirist and comedian. Eric is the author of the book trilogy “Ideological Bigotry, “Ideological Violence,” and “Ideological Idiocy.”
Eric is 100% alcohol, tobacco, drug, and liberalism free. Follow Eric on Twitter @TYGRRRREXPRESS.
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