- Demographics are for losers! The sad fact is that on a block-by-block basis, San Francisco is incredibly segregated. (Notice that their plan would also restrict all of the public housing stock, which is the least diverse in the city, to specific schools.)
- The other guys are totally racist because they don't agree with the people of color who agree with us! Yes, because all people of color agree, and because "not being racist", for whites, means lockstep agreement with any position put forward by any person of color: apparently, you show your anti-racist ally credentials by not showing the respect that civil disagreement and debate require. I think this also has a touch of modern Ann Coulterism going on, too.
- We hate unions! See, when a union disagrees with you and you respond respectfully, that's one thing. When you call the union "jack-booted thugs" and other such names, you make it clear that your real issue is a hate of organized workers.
- Wealthy white people fix everything! Even if you grant the idea that some neighborhood schools plan will send white people running back to SFUSD, it doesn't change the fact that this is more pandering to the population already the best served in the district. It's also the population most able to advocate for itself without any help.
- This will be the impetus that lazy district/government organization needs to fix their terribleness! Not only does this totally ignore reality (uh, a Consent Decree couldn't get it done/have you seen the state of school funding?), it's just not true: the demographics of the city would easily enable even higher-needs schools. And all data - every bit of it - show that diverse schools benefit all comers.
- There are poor people everywhere! Yes, and the vast majority of housing projects and concentrated poverty are on the southeast side. We are not interested in unicorns. We are interested in horses.
- Whatever is needed to make this work is free. I did not realize that the Prop. H people had access to a magical money tree. However, they apparently do because their answer to capacity issues is that the district is going to build a whole lot of schools.
05 November 2011
Not Feeling Nice.
In some ways, I love the "Yes on H" people because they are a microcosm of all my favorite white liberal unthought political positions: