Mitt Romney Doesn’t Care About Black Students

What he would do to Philly’s public schools.

Corporate money men love Philadelphia’s black children so much that they are altruistically fighting to provide an Ivy League-caliber education to every one of them. And they’re doing this despite the interference of the underworked and overpaid fat-cat teachers who have no professional training in education, no official certification in education, and no day-to-day experience in education. And the “poor people’s champion,” Mitt Romney, is selflessly leading that battle for little Jamal and little Keisha, just like his hero MLK used to do. In fact, as he stated in 2007, Romney actually “saw his father march with Martin Luther King Jr.” Umm … I … ah … just did a little fact-checking and found out that I kinda got all of that completely backwards. Let me explain.

Mitt Romney Doesn’t Care About Black People

To paraphrase Kanye West, Mitt Romney “doesn’t care about black students.” I draw that conclusion because black students are black people, and according to Romney’s lifelong-held beliefs, black people weren’t really worthy human beings—because they were “damned … to serve … (their) master till God chooses to remove the curse of Ham.” (In other words, till 1978, when Jesus finally decided to tell him and his fellow Mormons that that shit wasn’t right.)

In fact, to this very day, neither he nor his church leaders have issued a written repudiation of this despicably racist doctrine. And he doesn’t care about the parents of those black students either. That’s why he not only refuses to repudiate Donald “Obama Is a Scary African” Trump but also stood with him last week in Las Vegas while accepting $2.5 million in racist blood money. Moreover, despite documented proof from the Department of Justice regarding the racially disparate impact of voter ID laws, Romney publicly endorsed such laws in late 2011. In addition, as CEO and one of the three founders of the $66 billion Bain Capital vulture—I mean venture—corporation, he saw nothing wrong with the fact that Bain has absolutely no black management or supervisory staff persons. And he currently lives in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire, Park City, Connecticut, and La Jolla, California, with black populations of 0.2 percent, 0.6 percent, and 0.8 percent, respectively. Oh, by the way, Romney attended a private school that had just one black student and Brigham Young University, where there were maybe three.

These facts might have something to do with his aversion to affirmative action. Oh, and that King marching thing I mentioned earlier? Complete bullshit. Never happened. Romney pulled that lie right out of his gilded ass. Speaking of Dr. King, during an MLK Day photo-op in 2008, Romney stood with a group of black children. And did he recite the “I Have a Dream” speech? Nope. The “Letter From a Birmingham Jail” speech? Nope. The Nobel Prize acceptance speech? Nope. Instead, he chanted “Who let the dogs out? Who? Who?” He actually said that racist bullshit. In public. In front of cameras. Like it was cool. No! It wasn’t cool. Not at all. But worse than that, he saw—and still sees—absolutely nothing racially inappropriate about it. And this is from the man who last month declared that the educational failure of this country’s black children “is the civil rights issue of our era.” Well, if it is and if he is the person to lead the protests, then we shall never overcome. And most certainly not with the impressive ability to completely recite the hip hop dog chant. Talk about a missed opportunity during a teachable moment.

Mitt Romney Doesn’t Care About Labor Unions

Romney also doesn’t care about labor unions. If it were up to him, America would go back to the days when bosses could pay as low a wage as they liked, demand as much overtime as they preferred, tolerate no grievance procedure whatsoever, and provide no benefits at all. But he does care about corporations. After all, as he so profoundly stated last year, “Corporations are people, my friend.”

But I must be quite clear. In his world, there are two kinds of people. One kind is the corporate people. He loves them because he is them. The other kind is the human people. He has no love for them, as he made quite clear this year when he candidly said, “I like being able to fire people who provide services to me.” That’s why he doesn’t like labor unions and wants to raze them—especially teachers’ unions. He recently stated that “the teachers’ unions are the clearest example of a group that has lost its way … Our job (is to fight for our children) … And our job is getting harder because the unions wield outsized influence in elections and campaigns.”

Outsized influence in elections and campaigns? Is he talking about the Koch Brothers and the NRA, or is he out of his effin’ mind? He doesn’t care about labor unions because he knows they are part of the 99 percent who are effectively organized and who therefore can stand up to him and his one-percent gang. He knows that they can and will demand the wages and benefits that they and their children need to survive. And he knows that they can and do demand the resources needed to effectively educate all middle-class and poor students, like the 63 percent of Philadelphia’s public school population—i.e., the black kids. Speaking of poor students and poor people, Mitt let us know what he really thinks about them when he said just five months ago, “I’m not concerned about the very poor.” No shit.

What Mitt Romney Would Do to Philadelphia Public Schools

If Romney has his way, quality public schools and fair wages for those who work there will be a thing of the past. When public schools are handed over to corporations, to whom are the businesses accountable? Who sets the salaries? And who knows the salaries? And what certifications are required to teach in general?

As reported by Liza Featherstone, an education columnist for the Brooklyn Rail, “The U.S. public school system, once a model for the world, is under sustained attack by the nation’s elites. Philadelphia, the latest casualty, is getting ready to sell off its schools (a total of 64 within the next five years)—and their governance—to profiteers and snake-oil salesmen.” Furthermore, “Philadelphia is already the most privatized system in the U.S.”

Now don’t get me wrong. I don’t mean to imply that all charter schools are bad and that all public schools are good. In fact, some of my best friends run charter schools and do it very well. But they are the exception, not the rule. As noted in a 2009 Johns Hopkins University study, within five years of the 2001 state takeover of Philly’s schools that led directly to the corporatization of many of them, “the schools under private management were academically underperforming the public schools.”

Romney’s visit to Philadelphia a few weeks ago was as much of a malleable fraud as he is. And thanks to the several massive local protests during the past few days, everybody is beginning to see him for who he really is. He is indifferent to black children. He is hostile to protective unions. And he is a conspirator in the corporate racket to whack public schools.

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  • jay jay

    I hope that when the people go to vote, they will realize ALL THE TRUTHS you have listed here in this article. Regardless of any issues some of you may find with President Obama’s opinion on Gay Marriage, KEEP IN MIND ROMNEY AND OR HIS ADMINISTRATIONS HAS NO GOOD INTENTIONS FOR THE AFRICAN AMERICAN COMMUNITY. How and why was Romeny invited here to the Philadelphia Public/Charter School last week??? IN FACT ROMNEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT ABOUT POOR WHITES, BUT SOME OF THEM WANT TO THINK OTHERWISE. OBAMA FOR PRESIDENT NOVEMBER 2012–LETS MAKE SURE!!!

  • lynda lee

    The policies over the last several generations by the democrats in the public schools have proven they do not work. Why is it democrats/liberals/progressives love to bring up the slavery past facts but refuse to bring up the facts that liberal policies destroy; they do NOT help one person. The public school systems is just one example of failed policy.
    Mitt Romney IS NOT out to help just one race of people. He wants ALL legal Americans to be successful. Democrats want special interest groups to rule our nation. Our nation had gotten so beyond the race politics until Pres. Obama & the democrats started a new race war. The facts of our past are bad but what MILLIONS of blacks have accomplished since is amazing. Do NOT choose to vote for a President on the basis of what you THINK he is or what his race is. Choose a president who has a successful record, who has experience, does not pitt one group of Americans against another. One who is a capitalist; not a socialist-style one. Pres. Obama has millionaires supporting him on Wall Street. It is a you scratch my back, I will scratch yours mentality. The media doesn’t report all the millionaires who are propping up Obama and bundling $$ for him. The facts are that under Obama’s presidency our nation is falling apart; while he blames the republicans! Obama had a complete democrat controlled congress from 2008-2010 until they passed this tax/penalty Obamacare. then the dems were voted out on a landslide in 2010. Working people do NOT like their paycheck going to the government for politicians to dole out to special interests groups & his supporters. They want to keep more of their paychecks. Recently The House of Repres. (dems & repubs together) have bills they have written together and the democrat controlled Senate won’t even bring them up for a vote. Look at the facts people – this administration is a failure at every road. The liberal media protects democrats/liberals/progressives/socialists. Martin Luther King was NOT speaking to white Americans when he said: “Don’t judge a man by the color of his skin but by the content of his character.” MLK was so brilliant in that he knew that a man such as Obama would come along and hoodwink the people. Many blacks today act as if they have never been betrayed by another black. Isn’t that why black on black crime is so high? Voting for Pres. Obama again is a vote for failed policies to continue, for the encouragement of coveting, race-bating, freedom busting policies that are NOT helping America. It is a new form of slavery when people are dependent upon another’s hard work for their daily bread. It is sickening; it is wrong and it needs to stop!

  • peternorth1

    You’re such a racist, I can’t stand it anymore.

  • lynda lee

    What did I say that was racist? They are facts.
    Check to see what the democrat policies do for Black Americans.
    The truth hurts. You can have an opinion but when faced with the facts all you can do is call me racist!
    I want everyone to have a successful life. Mitt Romney wants EVERYONE to have a successful life.
    Democrats want to be successful in running every single aspect of YOUR life; why do you think their “help” has failed for generations? Because they lie.
    Yes, repubs sometimes lie as well but you are not listening to repubs – you vote democrat and it is to your own detriment!
    Go to to see another view besides the one the democrats and Pres. Obama are feeding to you with their near monopoly on the media! Wake Up before it is too late……

  • Mitt Romney must not bitter to black students even if he lose to Obama. He should accept what has happen.