Over half a century ago, then-Alabama Gov. George Wallace, a Democrat, demonstrated his racist commitment to “segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever” by trying to block two black students from registering for classes at the University of Alabama’s Foster Auditorium.
Known as the “Stand in the Schoolhouse Door,” this disturbing event occurred on June 11, 1963, and was inspired by the governor’s desire to prevent blacks from obtaining an education equal to that of whites, according to NPR.
Fast forward to Feb. 10, 2017, when something similar happened outside Jefferson Middle School in Washington, D.C., where newly confirmed Education Secretary Betsy DeVos was physically blocked by Democrat protesters from entering the building, as reported by The Hill.
— Sam Sweeney (@SweeneyABC) February 10, 2017
While Devos was reportedly later able to enter the school for a meeting with Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Antwan Wilson and others, what transpired during her first attempt to go inside was nevertheless startling, given how it eerily mirrored what happened 54 years ago in Alabama.
Consider why the protesters tried to block DeVos: because they — mainly unionized teachers, but also some parents as well — opposed her fervent support for charter schools.
As political philosopher Thomas Sowell noted in a column earlier this week, however, charter schools often “operate in low-income, minority neighborhoods in the inner-cities, and turn out graduates who can match the educational performances of students in affluent suburbs.”
“What is even more remarkable, these charter schools are often housed in the very same buildings, in the very same ghettos, where students in the regular public schools fail to learn even the basics in English or math,” he added.
In other words, charter schools greatly benefit young blacks by empowering them with the opportunity to escape the ailing public school system.
“That is what we conservatives are all about — expanded, extended opportunity for everybody to become the best they want to be,” conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh noted during Friday’s edition of his radio program.
But what has for the longest time prevented these opportunities from being offered to young blacks (and whites, Latinos, Asians, etc.), Limbaugh added, is the “prejudice, bigotry, closed-mindedness” and “lack of curiosity” of liberal Democrats, who clearly would ignorantly rather mimic the behavior of racist George Wallace than open their eyes to the truth.
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