Arne’s racism. Which suburban white mom?

The apology by Education Secretary Arne Duncan rings hollow.

Maybe he’s sorry he said it. It doesn’t mean he didn’t mean it.

It’s not the first racist comments he’s made.

I wondered. Which white suburban moms did he mean? Or in his eyes is being white enough?

I taught for thirty years in a district with mostly white kids and white moms.

Did he mean the mom who, along with her husband, dedicated her life to her typical kids and her child with autism?

Or was he talking about the Russian immigrant who left her family behind to raise her children here? Alone.

Or the mom who lived in the local women’s shelter, hiding from a physically abusive husband while sending her son to our school?

Or the classroom assistant who worked in the district’s schools for barely more than health insurance and whose husband has been without a job for several years.

Or the woman whose kids all went to Park Ridge schools and who volunteered as crossing guard, bus duty, lunch duty and whose son, my former student, was sent to Afghanistan and came home to volunteer in our school as well.

Or the mom who got a job as a special ed assistant and went on to work with an organization that sends volunteers to underdeveloped countries to train teachers of students with autism.

I could go on.

But you get the point.

It’s Arne that doesn’t.

5 Replies to “Arne’s racism. Which suburban white mom?”

  1. Yes it’s racist. Yes he meant it. Yes he’s sorry it caused such an uproar. What’s being overlooked here is that Jeb Bush and a spokesman for the National Governors Association said exactly the same thing about a year ago(minus the racist bit and the sarcasm.) It’s a strategy ala the shock doctrine. Scare the soccer moms that their schools are failing and they will clamor for charters & vouchers. Huge new markets open up for edupreneurs. Corporate exploitation – it’s not just for poor and minority districts anymore

    1. Exactly the point of everything he said, Peg, as he went on to criticize the school(s)–“their school isn’t quite as good as they thought they were…and that’s pretty scary.” (I thought I’d copied the entire quote, but I hadn’t–he also said something about buying a house to be near the school(s) that aren’t as good as they thought.” Yes, Peg–the point is to convince the moms (I guess not the dads–they must be too smart to be convinced, as opposed to those silly suburban moms!) that their schools are terrible and so they should RUN (not walk) to the next charter charlatan to sign their kids up for one of those far superior charters.
      All so Arne’s friends can make even more $$$–just like Pear$on!
      Hey, Fred, do you think the public would be able to view listings of those who own Pear$on stock?

  2. I cannot count the number of moms I met during many years of teaching who appeared at first cursive glance to be among the stereotypical “white suburban moms” presented in “Lunchables” commercials on TV. A short conversation with any and all of them opened my eyes. There is no such thing as an average, normal family, just as there is no such thing as an average, normal child.
    The absolutely hilarious comments Arne makes about his own typical American family need closer examination. As the one person in charge of the educational destinies of a nation of over 300 million people, he cannot claim “average, normal” status for himself or his school age children – yet he does. Aloud. Repeatedly.

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