Prominent Blacks Favor Blame Game Over Accountability in School District Scandal
Question: why can’t some Black people stand to be accountable for the contemptible, asinine things some Black people do?
Let’s be real.
We’ve all watched over the past week as the Urban League leadership and other prominent Black people in Seattle have been implicated in a fraud investigation that has dominated the news cycle ever since it was discovered.
Maria Goodloe-Johnson is likely out as Superintendent of the district, as is the Chief Financial Officer Don Kennedy.
Now the great blame game has begun. And it makes me sick. It pisses me off.
It started today when Eddie Rye announced to the media in an impromptu press conference today, that he and others were duped by Silas Potter, the man at the center of this whole debacle. He claims Potter mislead everyone, and the scandal starts and stops there.
The Urban League today blamed the media for taking innuendo and making something out of nothing. They did nothing wrong. That’s their position.
And finally, Silas Potter himself has spoken up all the way from Florida. He’s pointing the finger too, saying he was just following orders from his supervisor Fred Stephens, and Stephens’ supervisor Don Kennedy.
Don Kennedy has already gone on record through his attorney that he did nothing wrong, it was all Potter.
If none of them are responsible, then someone please tell me who is?
Why is it when a scandal hits a Black organization, agency or entity, it becomes CYA by any means necessary? Do these people really think that flat denials of wrongdoing actually shore up the public’s trust and faith? Because it doesn’t.
The UL is walking a fine, fine line on this contracts issue. They say they had contracts which were approved by the school district. That’s true. But what about the integrity of those contracts?
They may have felt they were doing nothing wrong then, but in the face of the SAO’s audit, can they really, truly say they could have done nothing different in hindsight? They’ve learned nothing? Seriously?
That is what’s setting us back fam, that mentality right there. “We did nothing wrong, point the finger elsewhere.”
And these people are considered by the media and plain ol’ average everyday folks, to be the “leaders” of the Black community in greater Seattle.
Leaders who take no responsibility for this ugly mess. Leaders who beg of us to stop focusing so much attention on the negative and move on.
But if we don’t focus on the negative, on the dirt, on the stinky stain we’ve all been smeared with thanks to a select few in “our community,” then who the hell will, because clearly it ain’t gon’ be the “leaders.” They’re too busy smelling the roses and thumping each other on the back and trippin’ off of hallucinogenics.
Yeah I said it. You gotta be high to look at this situation and think everything happened on the up and up. If it were all legit the Superintendent wouldn’t be about to lose her job. The Urban League wouldn’t have felt they needed to go on the defense in that very sad display of solidarity.
Why are they denying it? Because people in the Black communtiy fear the Black community will be harmed by any scandal, so the response is “deny, deny, deny.”
That’s the wrong approach to take, and actually does more harm to the Black community than good. If it’s well known that we won’t take those amongst us to task for their wrong-doing because we don’t want it to get out that there are people doing dirt in the name of the Black community and worse, Black children, it gives room for people with less than positive intentions to take advantage.
This entire situation is not okay. You know it, I know it. It may not rise to the status of illegal behavior, but too many people did a lot of wrong here.
At the very best, the UL was doing a sub-par job of fulfilling their contracts with Seattle Schools and with the city. We needn’t look any further than the City of Seattle’s evaluation of the UL as a contractor for the Youth Violence Prevention Initiative. We’re talking about an organization charged with saving our children’s lives. The street outreach workers worked very hard. The YVPI Coordinator who has since left the UL did her damnedest to create a solid program. The City didn’t find fault with those on the ground working with our youth. But most of those folks are now out of a job because the UL did such a piss-poor job in their overall obligations they lost the contract.
Yet they feel they did nothing wrong?
Oh I beg to differ.