I didn’t know any Vietnamese farmers and wouldn’t be coerced into harming any of them. It was their choice if they wanted to be communists. Besides that, returning servicemen I met said it was a living hell over there and often quoted Eisenhower’s farewell address (a warning to beware of the military/industrial complex).
The choice was to be for war and against communism or be anti-war and for communism. Being anti-war and anti-communism didn’t suit either the communists or the crony-capitalist war-mongers running the country.
Being pro-life, I joined the commies in order to oppose the war. I was one of them. I wrote a letter to the Piedmont Times (suburban Oakland) defending outspoken communist, Angela Davis. That was the first letter to the editor I ever wrote. I lived a block from Oakland Tech High, where Clint Eastwood went and also Huey P. Newton, the founder of the Black Panther Party.
I recently read a report describing a program at William D. Kelley Elementary School in Philadelphia where fifth grade students were forced to celebrate “black communism” and simulate a Black Power rally to “Free Angela!”
These students are being taught that the United States is a “settler colony built on white supremacy and capitalism” which has created a “system that lifts up white people over everyone else.”
Even if that is true, what is this school doing for its students? By sixth grade, only
3% of students are proficient in math, and 9% are proficient in reading. By the time they go on to high school only 13% have achieved basic literacy.
What is the outlook for these kids’ future? Even in my history of menial work, mostly logging and farming, I would have fallen back to my beginnings as a dishwasher if I couldn’t do math or read. Take a look at education and you see small communities like ours doing fairly well because it is a community. I graduated in a class of 500 in California. I saw first-hand students being left behind because they were simply lost in the shuffle.
One teacher at William Kelley, who requested anonymity out of fear of reprisals, said, “I’ve come to realize that no policy hurts African-Americans more than the public school system and the teachers’ union.” Students in Philadelphia are being denied the tools to lift them out of a culture of victimhood, poverty, and crime.
Less than half of adult Philadelphians are functionally literate in a city where the schools employ 18,000 people and spend $3.4 billion per year. Those billions of dollars were not generated by slogans about systemic racism. They are available because thousands of people pursued a dream of being of use to their communities. The relationship of all those people is called capitalism.
Recent calls to “Support Public Schools!” (as an anti-privatization slogan), and “No Vouchers!” are direct attacks on choice. They show a lack of confidence in the competitiveness of the public school system. What parent would not relish the option of getting their kid out of William D. Kelley School and on to a good life?