Why Do The Left and Media Stay Silent
Should Jews be allowed to put Germans, Poles and most Aryans into gas chambers today because they were victims of Hitler's Rule? Let's go back further into history, can Jews use social media to point out that Egyptians should build - brick by brick - the communities in southern Israel because thousands of years ago Jews were the builders of the pyramids as slaves under Pharoah's reign?
Logical? After all, New York City gubernatorial candidate, Cynthia Nixon, suggested that black people should receive reparations in their communities by means of access to marijuana licenses during a May 5th rally. The Sex In The City and Tony award-winning actress is running on the Democratic and Working Party lines against current Governor, Andrew Cuomo, in a primary.
Nixon is getting criticism for her idea and remarks from black leadership to the effect that citing this idea hurts the community, doesn't help it.
So why hasn't more criticism been heard about the Carranza tweet? Does this tweet hurt his tenure in any way?
Chances are, that if a Jewish or perhaps WASP official, tweeted "rich, white parents," headlines and demands for resignation would make headlines, even if there was no proof. However, we now have evidence that the Schools Chancellor of the largest school system in the United States seems to have the blessing to say and act as he feels with little or no repercussions. No disciplinary actions were called for by any of his superiors or by public figures.
We should care because prejudices like this are no different than social media posts targeting Israel at pro BDS rallies where opinions, and not facts, are shared and believed by many who attend those gatherings.
Richard Carranza, the new Schools Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, gave his first exclusive interview to the New York Post two weeks after the incident in which Carranza used his Twitter account to share a video and tweet "rich, white parents," in response to a meeting. Carranza had been part of a meeting that brought attention to a plan to integrate students from outside the neighborhood in the Upper West Side.
See my article on the incident here
Carranza, a Mexican-American, said, "I've had the experience of walking in the street...and have people cross to the other side." He claimed he faced bias when he was in Nevada, California and Texas. Carranza went on to point out that a city as diverse as New York should have classroom segregation and diversity as a topic of conversation and action.
Even if you agree that changes are needed to improve the school system, and many of us do, his approach and initial actions are questionable.
As an education activist, I have heard from my people that the problem in our schools is not solved by attacking parents in tweets. It's resolved by a better evaluation system, more parent involvement and less test cheating scandals. Investigations by independent and nonpolitical groups must resolve issues of the misuse of monies allocated to schools by the government and donated by innocent donors to phony nonprofit organizations.
Many of the failing schools under Carranza's leadership happen to fall under these circumstances, affecting students and families of color.
Where are our political leaders, candidates currently in office and those seeking positions on the local, state and federal levels? Andrew Cuomo just announced he is going to visit Israel, in solidarity for the Jewish state. New York Senatorial candidate Chele Farley just returned from a trip to Jerusalem. While we commend their support of the Jewish state, how about taking a stand here, in New York, on this issue?
Where are our religious organization leaders? Could you imagine a tweet that was derogatory to the Asian-American parents in Queens, NY? Could you imagine an anti-Moslem remark, and how many Jewish leaders would stand side-by-side with them at press conferences, rallies and at televised interviews?
In his defense, Carranza believes that parents, homes and community have a role to play in student achievement. Here's where we disagree, parents play more than a partial part, they play every part. They set the tone of self-respect, respecting others and taking responsibility for one's actions.
This issue is much more than a tweet issue. Letting this tweet slide by only allows the disease of prejudice in schools to fester. Every taxpayer plays a role in it. We pay for it. It’s ours, even if our children attend private day schools and yeshivas.
Let's voice our concern that attacking rich, white parents in what happens to be a heavily Jewish neighborhood is not tolerated.
Education is a nonpartisan issue that needs bipartisan support.
Cindy Grosz can be reached at email@example.com