City Paper is not for tourists
Harry Travis’ recent letter (The Mail, 3/25) regarding his previous letter (The Mail, 3/4) was critical of the Washington City Paper’s weekly Hall Monitor feature for supposedly “reinforcing racial stereotypes and compounding them with stereotypes of educational dysfunction in D.C. public schools.”
Well, well, well, another case of excessively warped P.C. What would Travis do in the name of diversity, not report what most people consider to be egregious violations of the public trust in the D.C. schools? Somehow, Travis believes that publicizing a school system gone mad is racist!
How can this be? The fact of the matter is that the children who are hurt the most by D.C.’s famously inept schools are indeed poor children, most of whom are African-American. Travis misses the point (as do many of the misguided) by failing to understand that pointing out wrongs is important in the battle to make things right. How can you push for improvement in the D.C. schools (which would help those very same children) without such things as Hall Monitor? I for one am glad to see it.
Violence and dysfunction are overly present in the schools, Mr. Travis, and pointing out this fact does no one disservice. Often, you have a few bad apples and a weak D.C. public-school administration that does nothing to weed out the few violent miscreants who end up ruining the educational opportunities of the vast majority of those around them.
I believe Travis’ viewpoint is unfortunately quite common and even seen to be the “correct” way to think. But think of the final result, please. The real issue here is that many poor children in the D.C. public-school system have their education, and their futures, stolen from them, often by people who purport to be their champions. How else to explain a school system whose per-pupil expenditures are among the highest of any city in the United States, yet has dilapidated schools?
The D.C. Public Schools administration is featured frequently in the Washington Post regarding employees who have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars on their employee credit cards. It is entirely refreshing to see the City Paper’s edgy attempt to point out the continued violence and dysfunction of D.C.’s schools.
Keep up the good work—although I, like Travis, would like to see something new as well. Perhaps who stole the money, and how much they took! Kind of a reverse of the D.C. school employee of the month.
Oops! Sorry, Mr. Travis! Gee, I hate to point out the obvious. Let’s just close our eyes and pretend we are helping society!