These are not my words. These are the words of Mr. Johnson, who commented on the article Philadelphia School District announces its dissolution. I am sharing them here because the crime in Philadelphia continues to be ignored. The children of Philadelphia continue to be ignored. Share widely.
Mr. Johnson, thank you for this comment - the outrage you express is what I feel in my heart about the dismantling of public education everywhere. Our democracy is vanishing.
Mr. Johnson's comment:
Today they declared the end of public education in Philadelphia.
And with this crime, they have surely murdered the last hope for democracy.
they defund the schools. Then they tell us they don't work. Then they
privatize them. Pretty much the same pattern they've been using on every
public service. Underfund them. Starve them. Claim they don't work. Buy
them for profit. Where all our public services are going, and of what
little remains of our our Commons.
The full realization of this
theft... the report yesterday of the end of public education in
Philadelphia (and don't fool yourself--that's exactly what it is!) has
been hard to absorb... just how historically significant, --is almost
impossible to comprehend. Made more difficult by the near indifference
of the public.
Walking down a street in Center City I remembered
my feelings, riding to the cemetery after my grandfather died, seeing
people on the street--realizing we inhabited at that moment, different
universes, different realities.
There are no words, no names adequate
for the enormity of the crimes done to us--being done to
us...impossible to fathom the consequences--though the mad scramble to
build more prisons certainly suggests that there are those who have more
than an intimation of what's in store.
A response anywhere close to
proportionate to the outrage would have had 2 million people on the
streets this morning storming City Hall, the banks, marching to
Harrisburg with blood in their eyes... which explains the militarization
of our municipal police, the riot tanks, the drones on the drawing
boards, the new prisons... cause sooner or later it's going to come to
that. The longer it takes, the worse it's going to be. And from what I
see and hear, it's going to be worse than anyone can now imagine.