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Sunday, January 23, 2011

Why Is Newsweek Protecting the Tea Party from Wake County Schools Connection?

Since Stephen Colbert's skewering of Tedesco and the "choice" crowd that would choose to resegregate and contain poor kids in Wake County's poor neighborhoods, the Tea Partiers appear to have moved further back under their rocks.  Why, Jenny Beth Martin, while no doubt furiously fanning herself, told Newsweek that, my goodness good sir, she has never even heard of any such thing in Wake County (see text below the video clip). 

It's too bad Newsweek prefers to take the tea baggers at their word, rather than doing some research like, uh, googling "john tedesco" and "tea party." If they had bothered, they would have found a whole page of reasons to suspect, heavens to Betsy, mendacity on the part Jenny Beth and her group.

This piece from the News-Observer early last year clearly shows the influence and money trail from the NC Republican Tea Party to the Wake County school board elections.  If that were not convincing enough for any Newsweek reporter too lazy to ask, have a look at the video made just after Little John's ascension to the position of Board mouthpiece for the Tea Party agenda of reverse engineering:

And here is a clip from Newsweek's give-the-Tea-Party-a-break piece, which aims to discredit the WaPo piece by McCrummen that blew the top off the Wake County story:
The explanation in the Post, which is found about two thirds of the way through the article, is that Americans for Prosperity (AFP)—which the Post identifies as “the nation's largest tea party organizers”—is supporting the board’s efforts. Americans for Prosperity is not actually a Tea Party organization. It is a staunchly conservative advocacy group, funded by large donors such as the shadowy Koch brothers. Critics characterize it as an “Astroturf” organization, to distinguish it from genuine grassroots like the Tea Party movement. Like similar organizations such as FreedomWorks it has partnered with grassroots Tea Party activists for events including the 2009 Tax Day Tea Party Protests and on local political campaigns. But when I called JennyBeth Martin, national coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots, which is a network of hundreds of state and local Tea Party groups, she had heard nothing of the brouhaha in Wake County. 

Local school-board supporters will tell you that the disillusionment was not motivated by opposition to integration as such, but rather the logistical problems and inequities caused by the busing program. They complain that students in outlying areas could not attend schools with rich academic programs unless they traveled far afield, that overcrowding in growing suburban school districts was causing them to switch to a year-round school schedule, and that sending kids to far-away schools stifles parental involvement. Any segregation that results of returning to geographic alignment of schools, they say, is incidental. “The idea that we are re-segregating the schools is ludicrous,” says Woodhouse. “Segregation was done at the point of a gun.”

Yes, how things have changed.  Today containment, segregation, and anti-culturalism is called education for the poor, the "civil rights issue of our generation."  No guns are needed when you have federal policy mandating it and when you mass media celebrating and when have philanthrocapitalists getting fatter on it.  And yet it's still segregation, and it's still as morally bankrupt as it was during Jim Crow.

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