Your Reporter Tom Auchterlonie
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Racism unfortunately persists throughout the country and should be severely prosecuted where found. But it is perpetuated most blatantly by people who promote policies like affirmative action that at their core are based on the very racism they seek to eliminate. Exhibit A, in today's NY Times: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/10/19/us/in-black-vote-democrats-see-lifeline-for-midterms.html From that article:
“Anybody who looks at the data realizes that if the black vote, and the brown vote, doesn’t turn out, we can’t win. It’s just that simple,” said Representative Marcia L. Fudge of Ohio, the chairwoman of the Congressional Black Caucus, referring to African-American and Latino voters. “If we don’t turn out, we cannot hold the Senate.”
I mean, c'mon -- this entire perspective is built around the repugnant assumption that all voters of a certain skin color will (or should) think alike and support a certain political party. And this from a group that distinguishes itself by name (and presumably by membership qualification) solely by the color of their skin – equally repugnant.
What the Bedford Central School District has is a math problem. And the dots from that math problem can not be connected to racism, except by those who have no other cards to play.
As a member of the district's Budget Advisory Committee, along with Joe Malichio, Sal Dicarlo (kudos to them for breaking this story), Deborah McDermott and others, I've seen the cold mathematical facts that are leading this district inexorably towards bankruptcy (don’t misinterpret that as a case for massive tax increases – many more hundreds of words omitted – you’re welcome). And kudos for fellow committee member Howland Robinson for leading the charge to get this bleak financial picture out to the public. If the committee is not to be a complete charade and waste of our collective time, it is our duty to sound the alarm. It is also nothing short of astounding why more people are not already alarmed by this situation.
The facts are that ILLEGAL immigration is a central player in the financial dynamics of the district. LEGAL immigration is not the problem. Indeed, by definition, immigrants have a drive, ambition and desire for self-improvement (and for their families) that should make us welcome them with open arms. Who wouldn't want such people on their team?
ILLEGAL immigration is an entirely different subject. Personally I think our country should close the back door and build an enormous front door with a correspondingly gigantic welcome mat. Unfortunately what we have is the exact opposite.
If after reading the above you want to brand me a racist, what can I say? And if after all of this, the Superintendent feels that the correct course of action is to educate the district on matters of race, and imply that I’m unknowingly suffering from a bad case of “white privilege”, I’m equally speechless.
Sadly, nothing Mr. DiCarlo or I condemned Jere for was worse than what he did to himself up there at the school board meeting. I've never seen anything like it.
Good reporting by Tom here, but the headline may mislead readers into thinking that Dr. Hochman came to his senses and canceled this retreat (which was of his own creation). THE SUPERINTENDENT DIDN'T CANCEL ANYTHING. It's obvious that the school board (who represents the people) put a stop to this. They allowed Jere to announce that it had been cancelled, but he chose to admonish them for 81 minutes, instead of taking 5 minutes to apologize to the community and move on. Now, he needs to apologize to the residents here and OUR school board.
Tom provided very useful links in the story.
Here is another: https://twitter.com/JHSTL
Everyone should look at Dr. Hochman's Twitter page to understand the charge that I made (that he sees way too many things through the prism of race). There is more than enough evidence there within his 3,728 tweets.
Jere's attempt to "enlighten" this community comes down to one thing for him: those who oppose illegal immigration in our district must be racist. It is sad that he cannot understand that nearly all of us are the product of LEGAL immigration and that we could care less about the race or culture of those that reside here. We want the playing field level and no special treatment for any one demographic. We have a math problem, not a racism problem.
What are the repercussions for a superintendent who is guilty of insubordination? The residents of this district who are the employers of Dr. Hochman must come together now to discuss his future here.
Jerry Hochman should not be in charge of a school system. All it takes to find out a little these days is to google his name --- his contract was NOT renewed at his prior job. Did anyone wonder why? Was he vetted in the least bit? I think not, you got what you asked for. I found this CLIP from an article from 2004 quite telling - Hochman was defending the Pelham, Mass school district choice of 'The Vagina Monologues' for the school play. Just the guy i want influencing thousands of children - HE HAS TO GO!
'The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee approved the performance of the controversial play at the Amherst Regional High School in Amherst, Massachusetts. Although the school committee believes it is appropriate and even necessary to prohibit plays that they feel are slurs against certain ethnic groups (even if they are not; the heroes of "West Side Story" are also Puerto Rican). Conversely, they also feel the need to promote slurs against certain genders and religions.
The School Committee hearing featured those who advocated the play including the District Superintendent Jere Hochman, and those who objected to it. Comments from the advocates included one Rob Okun, who was quoted in the Daily Hampshire Gazette as saying, "The play offers a unique perspective on female sexuality by ''taking it out of the...pop culture and putting it into the educational context…probably one of the most important steps in the gender healing...work that we are championing.
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