Eddie of Hidden Unities emailed me the following story. My response follows the excerpt below:
Save D.C.’s Vouchers
Better schools. Higher scores. And satisfied parents. That’s the record of the D.C. Opportunity Scholarship Program. It is helping us keep our promise to leave no child behind in America. If Congress is thinking of breaking this promise, the nation deserves to know the story.
Signed into law by President Bush four years ago, the program is the first to provide federally funded education vouchers to students. It awards up to $7,500 per child for tuition, transportation and fees; in 2007-08 it enabled 1,900 students from the underperforming Washington public school system — the highest total yet — to attend the private or religious schools of their choice.
For many, this was their first opportunity to receive a high-quality education. “They not only educate them, but they are teaching them to be young men and young women as well,” Sheila Jackson, the mother of a 12-year-old scholarship recipient, told a reporter.
Opposition from black political leaders would seem to come from some form of recognition that blacks are at a disadvante compared to other whites in market competition in most areas. (Wheter you say this is from g, or structural racism, or western-values, or whatever, the effect is the same.) So allowing blacks to rise according to individual effort and ability has the effect of “decapitating” the “black community,” giving those in the top 30% the opportunity to internalize “middle classness” (the bete noir of Obama’s old church), while the larger mass is stuck in “trainable” trades.
Thus, keeping the best blacks down is critical if blacks are going to remain a united political block.
I think this is accurate. The war that the black leadership has waged on blacks who want to rise up has been notable since W.E.B. DuBois overtook Booker T. Washington as a leading intellectual. I think men like Jessee Jackson, Al Shaprton, and Jeremiah Wright are dangerous, unamerican, and racialist, but I don’t think they are stupid.
They have a reason for opposing the integration of professional blacks into the middle class. To avoid decapitation.