Wednesday, December 30, 2020

Briefly Noted: True Inequality

Wirepoints is "an independent, nonprofit company delivering original research and commentary about Illinois’ economy and government." It has been one of the best sources for data on Covid in Illinois. Today they run a striking blog that speaks volumes about Blue America:

True inequality: In-class education at Chicago’s Catholic schools but remote learning at public schools

I certainly hold no brief for the Archdiocese of Chicago, but the response of Catholic schools in Chicago to Covid has been exemplary. Be it noted, the response has been carried out in the face of the same determined hostility to religion and its free exercise that has become a feature of most of Blue America:

The difference in how Chicago’s low-income, minority students are being treated by the city’s two major school systems during the pandemic should make school choice skeptics reconsider their position.

At the heart of the issue is the Chicago Teachers Union’s absolute refusal to allow an in-class learning option for public school students. CPS teachers haven’t been in the classroom for nearly nine months and now CPS officials want to partially restart in-person learning at the beginning of 2021. CTU is hinting they’ll strike for the fourth time in less than a decade to stop that from happening.

In sharp contrast, over 2,000 Catholic school teachers of the Chicago Archdiocese have been teaching in-person, five days a week, to 34,000 city students since the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

It’s not as if CPS students and teachers are more at risk from COVID than their private school counterparts. CPS and the Archdiocese serve the same Chicago communities. CPS serves about 350,000 students, 85 percent of them minorities. The majority of city students the Archdiocese serves are also from minority, low-income homes. The students may be the same, but the way they are being treated is far different.

The CTU, of course, is a radically Leftist organization. These snippets will tell you all you need to know. First from, yes, Wikipedia

The Chicago Teachers Union is a labor union representing teachers, paraprofessionals, and clinicians in the Chicago public school system. The union has consistently fought for improved pay, benefits, and job security for its members, and it has resisted efforts to vary teacher pay based on performance evaluations.


Note that Wikipedia doesn't pretend in this telling sentence that the students are any concern of the CTU. And, from Fox, directly related to the issue of educational shutdowns for the extremely well paid CTU members:

The Chicago Teachers Union is facing swift criticism on social media Sunday after claiming in a now deleted tweet that the push to reopen schools is "rooted in sexism, racism and misogyny."

The CTU's position is that the teachers will not return to the classrooms until they "feel safe." There's much more about the entire situation at the link above, but this graph also speaks volumes:

My wife frequently marvels that, while occasional parent and student led protests occur in the Chicago suburbs, demanding that schools be opened for teaching, this never occurs in Chicago--despite the well documented fact that it is precisely the students at major city schools who are being most negatively affected by the Covid Hoax shutdowns of education. I guess that speaks to a sort of Stockholm Syndrome relationship between Blue government and the subject population.

True Inequality exists in America. It's ruthlessly enforced by Progressives and embraced by their followers.

This isn't actually a photo of Catholic schoolgirls on their way to school, but when I saw it at The Federalist I thought it was somehow very appropriate:


  1. Or fear of doxing..

    From what I can tell from far away California, all potential opposition in Chicago has been co-opted by the local politicians. Gangs seem to get ignored in exchange for votes. There is a history of Federal Corruption Convictions for Illinois. The Second city cop blog has been eye opening for me. The impact of the Soros backed DA, Kim Fox, has been huge. And now we have one in my county...

    >sort of Stockholm Syndrome relationship
    >between Blue government and the subject

    1. Ray-Socal: I guess you mean George Gascón who's now LA County DA. I voted for him because I remember he was a top LAPD cop years ago and never heard anything bad about him. I was surprised to hear as DA he's implementing extreme leniency for arrestees. But, I figure, his reasons must be rooted in his insider experience observing LAPD corruption in anti-gang units. But whatever - the choice for DA was between a Dem and a Dem, so it didn't really matter. It's all one big angry plantation.

    2. Gascon went up to SF after leaving the LAPD. Somehow he got Soros backing and is back in LA, and is big into decriminalization. The previous LA DA was Democrat and Black, but somehow upset BLM. Gascon was backed by the Ca Democratic Establishment in the election for LA DA, and heavily outspent his opponent.

      Seeing how bad SF is, and reading about Kim Fox as Chicago DA, I’m worried about the LA County crime rate.

    3. The previous Los Angeles district attorney Jackie Lacey (black) was a law and order DA. She seemed fair. Therefore BLM didn’t like her and showed up at her home very early one morning. Her husband went to the door with a handgun. That played right into the BLM’s hands.

      Gascon, who in the past was apparently a tough on criminals police officer who rose through the ranks to positions of authority, has now gone “progressive”… His opponents are now coming out with specific incidents in his police career which conflict with his present stance.

      Although we live in LA County, we try to stay as far away from LA politics as possible. Lacey was a better choice, however.

    4. The last two times I went to LA was eye opening. One was to Korea Town Area and the other was to Van Nuys. I noticed lots of graffiti and trash. We stopped by a Cuban restaurant that had outdoor dining, and there was an RV with flat tires near where I parked. Both trips it felt very run down in the areas I was in. Graffiti is an indicator to me of an area that is dysfunctional.

    5. I've lived in "Los Angeles" pretty much since 1981 even though I try to never set foot in the city limits and am embarrassed by the airport, downtown, and everything in between. But there are places here, near "Los Angeles", that are virtually unknown, and are extremely pleasant, beautiful beyond belief, places to live. If you're lucky enough to wind up in those places, the Eagles song "Hotel California" will kick in, and you will never leave.