Jim Horton | Unions: A Source of Systemic Racism

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We do have some systemic racism in the country. It comes to us in the form of the unions. I would submit that the teachers union stands squarely in the way of providing equal education to all the children in this country, regardless of their skin color. A Black child in Chicago should merit an equal chance at a good education as any other child.

They fight school choice because they cannot compete on a playing field that they claim is not equal. Their answer to the teaching gulf between the outcomes that they produce and the results from the charter schools are predictable. Public education should be retitled public sub-education.

Here is the rub. Thousands of parents want their children to go to the charter schools because they want the best for their children, and they don’t care a fig about protecting some incompetent teachers’ jobs.

Our education system must be based on the outcome. We do a massive disservice to our poorer citizens who cannot afford private school for their children and must accept a substandard product in its place. This is systemic racism.

We do the same thing all across this nation. Poor kids of all skin colors are condemned to a subpar education because it is all about taking care of the teachers unions. We run into this time and again, where (leaders) are so entrenched with the unions and other monied interests that they fear to rock the boat because it might cost them monetarily.

Rep Jim Clyburn spent Aug. 4 comparing President Donald Trump to Mussolini and Hitler. Trump has done more for Black (Americans) in his three and a half years that Clyburn has done in his lifetime. Clyburn taught college history, so he must have some knowledge of the individuals he speaks of, and yet, by comparison, he seems entirely ignorant of the subject.

I fault people like Clyburn and his ilk, and yet I can understand why they are as they are. You have to look at how they grew up and the stresses they were subjected to, and how they learned to adapt. It stifles their effectiveness and robs their constituents of their more dynamic leadership.

Jim Horton


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