There is a popular misconception that the Democratic Party is the party of choice for African-Americans. However, that was proved false when Sen. Elizabeth Warren had African-American women escorted out of her event by security personnel simply because they dared to disagree with one of her policies.
Not surprisingly, most mainstream news media outlets ignored the injustice altogether and African American Democrat Rep. Ayanna Pressley, who spoke immediately after the women were kicked out, didn’t bother saying much about it. What makes the incident particularly poignant is the fact that the event was meant to honor African-American women in the first place.
The disagreement that prompted Sen. Warren to kick out the black women was the fact that the women were protesting Sen. Warren’s opposition to school choice. The protestors, who are part of a group called “Powerful Parenting Network”, began chanting “we want to be heard” and “our children, our choice” as Warren began to speak.
While no politician enjoys being heckled in public, the Massachusetts lawmaker could have taken a few moments to answer the voters by explaining why she believes it’s necessary to restrict charter school access so that poor, minority parents have no choice but to send their children to failing, sub-par public schools. However, Warren clearly wanted nothing to do with those who dared to question her ideas.
Warren’s position on school choice is in line with other far-left politicians. Instead of allowing parents to choose where and how to educate their children, she wants to put for-profit charter schools out of business by failing to provide them with taxpayer-funding while still requiring that they adhere to many of the same standards set down for public schools. What’s more, she would also ban new for-profit charter schools from opening, direct the IRS to investigate them, and allow public school districts to determine if a charter school can operate in its area. The move would almost certainly eliminate school choice for millions of parents and kids, forcing parents to either stop working in order to homeschool or send their children to a failing local public school.
The latter outcome would be the most likely as many minority families in poor neighborhoods cannot afford to live on a single, small salary. While Warren and fellow progressives say that charter schools are funded by millionaires such as the Walton family, the truth is that many charter schools provide a far better education to minority children than public schools. The real reason for the hatred of charter schools is that they allow parents a choice, something with big government advocates can’t stand.
To make matters worse, public school teacher unions are out to eliminate charter schools, and these unions often donate significant sums of money to Democratic candidates. In fact, Sen. Warren raked in millions of dollars in campaign contributions from the education industry before embracing an anti-charter school agenda.
Parents should have the right to choose where and how to educate their own children. However, such an idea is heavily opposed by radical Democrats who want the government to dictate how and where children are schooled. Sen. Warren wants to not only eliminate charter schools as an option for millions of families in poor neighborhoods, but also use government power to forcibly “integrate” public schools by giving the Department of Justice the power to investigate schools that don’t meet her approval.
Sen. Warren’s obvious contempt for minority parents was on full display, and there’s no reason to expect this to change in future events.