Annabelle gets this so right. HP Boston in comments yesterday pointed me to the story in yesterday’s Boston Globe about the effort underway in city schools here to involve girls in gang violence by, get this, BLAMING THEM for instigating, supporting, and encouraging much of it.
What Annabelle may not know since she’s not a Bostonian is that the Ten Point Coalition is a Christian social services outreach program headed by the well-known Boston pastor Eugene Rivers. He was a darling of George W. Bush for a while back in the early days of Faith Based Initiatives. He’s been controversial in Boston for a long time for his fiery demeanor and no hold barred confrontational style. He’s a CLASSIC old-school, black Christian traditionalist — responsibility, family values, fear God, honor the Father, love the Mother, pull your pants up, speak proper English, etc. etc. — Bill Cosby would love the guy, actually they’re probably friends. So would Rick Warren. In fact, Eugene Rivers was on Hardball last week defending Rick Warren. Rivers is a smart guy and not a charlatan. He’s been working in Boston’s crime-ridden neighborhoods since he graduated from Harvard in 1980.
But neither is Bill Ayers. They’re both true believers in their warped philosophies. Which is fine, right — it’s a free country. But, but, but — people like Rivers and Ayers, and Wright too, get almost all of their funding from government sources. AND they get access to poor public school kids on whom to try out their weird theories.
And did Eugene Rivers — pastor of the flock, man of the people — send HIS children to the Boston Public Schools? BWAHAHAHAHAHAAHHHA!! Of course not. They went to a fancy little private school on Beacon Hill right out of the pages of Louis Bemelman. I know because our kids were classmates. How exactly that fits in to Rivers’ fantasy of himself as a “Radical Disciple” I don’t know.
And his wife, Jacquie Rivers, raked in hefty consulting fees selling The Algebra Project to the city for its middle schools. (More than 60% of Boston middle school students FAIL MATH on standardized tests every single godforsaken year. More than 85% of Boston public high school graduates do NOT go to any kind of college whatsoever, including community college. The Algebra Project, like every other scheme designed by limousine liberals to make a few bucks on a desperate captive audience is an EPIC FAIL.)
So, educating another generation of illiterate poor people who can’t do simple math is NOT ENOUGH. The city must also shell out cash to jokers who want to BLAME THE GIRLS for the murderous violence of their brothers and boyfriends.
* * * * * * * * TODAY’S PROWL * * * * * * *
Contact Mayor Menino, City Council President Maureen Feeney, and School Committee Chairperson Elizabeth Reilinger and tell them to STOP THIS PROGRAM.
Mayor Menino: Tel: 617-635-4500; FAX: 617-635-2851
Councilor Feeney: Tel: 617-635-3040; FAX: 617-635-4203
Dr. Reilinger: Tel: 617-635-9014; FAX: 617-635-9689
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Dear Mr. Mayor,
I read with dismay about the new program in city schools to blame girls for the gang violence of their brothers and boyfriends.
This program, though perhaps well-intentioned, is a terrible idea. It reinforces the dangerous message that girls are somehow at fault when boys or men they know commit violence. This kind of attitude contributes to the shocking increase in wife and girlfriend murders that we are seeing in this country today. A recent report from the Department of Justice showed a 24% increase in violent attacks against wives and a 42% increase in sexual assaults in the last 4 years.
Our young women and girls need information and guidance about improving their lives through education, independence, and personal empowerment, NOT by taking responsibility or being told to feel guilty for the actions of violent men and boys in their lives.
I am a member of Puma PAC, People United Means Action (www.pumapac.org), a Boston-based political action committee. We urge you to use your authority to put an immediate end to this terribly misguided program.
Puma PAC Member