Why a black superintendent? Guest comment

R.B. Jones

June 21, 1991|By R.B. Jones | R.B. Jones,Baltimore Times

THE GAME is an old one. Blacks were once told that if they got the proper education they could go far in life. Now that many of them have achieved advanced education, qualifying them to run major urban educational systems, the rules have been changed. Now it is trendy to say that professional educators are not necessarily the best equipped persons to run school systems. The magical term "manager" is now being chanted. "Manager," of course, translates into corporate exile, usually white.

A black school superintendent is important for Baltimore for several reasons. First, the current superintendent, Dr. Richard Hunter, was publicly "assassinated" by a conspiracy that

included groups that are attempting to control the city public schools from a distance. We used to describe such behavior as imperialism . . .

The corporate community is trying to mold the city schools into a feeder system for the dwindling number of jobs in the area. The increasing emphasis on employing non-educators in the schools will provide another employment market for persons the corporate community cannot absorb. During the years when corporate elites were engaging in their version of mud-wrestling, reckless, greedy paper shuffling, the city schools were not their concern.

Now they are realizing that the educational system involves a huge budget and a large number of jobs along with the ability to influence the attitudes of young people. The attack on Hunter sent a message that the corporate elites will now run the schools and anyone who opposes them or displeases them will be dealt with severely. Selection of a white superintendent will send a message that black empowerment, a very recent idea in antiquated Baltimore, is being reversed.

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