Black corruption is a crime against the most innocent and defenseless victims.

       The clear sense of the operational definition of: “Something’s terribly wrong here”; is in full display. With Black mayors, elected officials and educators dropping “like flies”; where does that leave the led? When did leadership so shift from public service to self-service? These twisted values lead sadly to many young people being left twisting in the wind of neglect. The most weak and vulnerable in our society are in desperate need of the strongest and most principled leadership, and yet we have……

        What do you do when your worst enemy is not a mindless puppet; but is in fact the author of their own foul deeds. The rational: “Well the other folks are doing it too”; doesn’t work for me. Also falling far below the rational mark is: “I was set up, or they are picking on Blacks”. But knowing how the race card is played in this country; why provide the opportunity, why entertain the thought? Clearly some Black folks have their own definition of empowering and enriching the family. I have said to students for so many years that, if you’re thinking about an event is very different from how the majority views this event; then at the very least you have an intellectual responsibility to view and review your interpretation. It is a scientific process of balancing daring and innovative thoughts; with serious reality checking into a possibly flawed theory of practice. And maybe it is even worth an encounter with that fictional Sherlock Holmesian axiom, that said: when all possible reasons fail, what is left is indeed: “the answer”. After reading about the arrests of Black elected and appointed officials across this nation, I wonder how we could even begin to effectively take on all of the challenges that face people of color. My mind goes back to when I met with every Black Elected official in Southern Queens. This is after being appointed to replace a convicted and corrupt superintendent. In private one-one-one sessions they all confessed that “personally” they liked and supported the work I was doing in the school district; but as if reading from a standard cue card they proclaimed “But, I can’t support you publicly”. This corrupted “political Club” approach I believe led to the Southeast Queens community’s inability to protect the powerful educational changes and gains we were able to accomplish in 3 years. All of the good work achieved in CSD 29 was swept away in a sea of mediocrity. The corruption of the spirit leads to the corruption of the mind; that mind then plans and nurtures further corruption. In all of this the children are left defenseless. For sure these folks are truly “post-racial”; for them the outcomes of leadership are personal.