Chris Fitzsimon is painting last night's vote by the Wake County school board majority in stark racial terms as he labels their actions as "madness."
In a column today, Fitzsimon, executive director of the liberal N.C. Policy Watch, notes how Tuesday's vote in favor of community-based schools was by "an all-white majority." He said he's hoping their decision "will not stand."
"An all-white majority voting over the protests of demonstrators and civil rights leaders to pack poor and minority kids into high-poverty schools on the poor side of town and insultingly claiming, like their historical predecessors, that it's in the best interests of all the children when they surely know it's not true," Fitzsimon writes. "Shame on them."
In a not-so veiled reference to conservative businessman Art Pope, Fitzsimon writes that there's no lingering doubts that the board majority "bowed to the wishes of their right-wing campaign contributors and wealthy anti-public education zealots and the think-tanks they fund." He points to how they rejected the motions proposed by the board minority.