Some days, Mayor Daley is all-powerful, and it's all about performance and accountability. Other days, when things aren't going so well, he plays helpless and whines about families, the feds, or anything else that he can think of. Friday was one of the latter kinds of days.
Friday's Gayle King show on Oprah Radio featured Anjanette
Albert (Derrion's mom), who described her son's miserable experience at
Fenger, the strain of not really knowing exactly what had happened to
her son until the next day, the pain of having to go identify his body,
and not being able to get back home. (Audio here.)
Then Mayor Daley came on and blamed everything on family problems, privacy laws, and...well, anyone but himself.
There is no violence problem...or if there is it's not his fault. It was an amazing performance. Completely self-serving and convenient,
full of false indignation and distractions. You'd think he wasn't
Gayle read a letter from a CPS teacher (good job!) that says "Fenger is just a microcosm
of what occurs every day in some CPS schools and in schools
nation-wide. Reform after reform has yet to provide many of our
children with some education foundation that is badly needed."
response was to defend the principal of Fenger
and assert that there was no real violence problem in the schools.
Which would be an appropriate defense if it were true and if Daley
weren't in charge of the schools AND the streets.And would be more believable if there hadn't just been a violence summit.