Laura Washington goes toe to toe w/Berkowitz on Cable and the Web on high tech lynchings, helping minorities and Mayor Rahm Emanuel

Laura Washington [Chicago Sun-Times and ABC-7]: We’re talking thirty-forty years that this has been going on, and this has been happening in every community in the country.  Not just in Chicago.  We’ve had Republican Administrations; we’ve had Democratic Administrations over the last thirty-forty years. [Watch Washington v. Berkowitz  here].

Jeff Berkowitz:  Not in Chicago.

Laura Washington: Yeah, but I’m talking- this is not just a Chicago problem.

Jeff BerkowitzNo, no, Laura. This is a Democratic [Party] problem. You can’t hang this one around the Republican Party. This city has been run lock, stock and barrel…for the last fifty years [by the Democrats]…it’s not even just a Democratic Party problem; it’s a Daley problem [and a daily problem for minority kids]. 

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Tonight’s City of Chicago edition of "Public Affairs with Jeff Berkowitz," features Laura Washington, Chicago Sun-Times Columnist (appearing every Monday) and ABC-7 Chicago political analyst.  The show with the outspoken, independent minded, articulate and Medill School of Journalism trained [and trainer] three decade, media veteran airs through-out the City of Chicago at 8:30 pm on Cable Ch. 21 (CANTV).  Washington goes fifteen rounds, toe to toe with Berkowitz, as they debate high-tech lynchings, whether the mainstream media can tolerate black conservatives, whether Al Sharpton and Erin Burnett deserve to have their own, respective, weekly, cable network TV shows, whether MSNBC and the Fox News Channel are equally biased, whether the Democratic and Republican parties should share equally in the blame for minorities not receiving a quality education, whether Rahm Emanuel has to suck up to the teachers’ unions at the end of the day and much, much more.

You can also watch the show with the former DePaul University Professor , Chicago Reporter Publisher Emerita and former WTTW correspondent Laura Washington on your computer here.  

Next week’s City of Chicago edition of Public Affairs features Illinois Republican Party Chairman Pat Brady, explaining, among other items, why the Republicans lost the IL Governorship and picked up so few state house and state senate seats in 2010, notwithstanding the national Republican wave that swept the country in 2010.   Surprisingly, to say the least, former federal prosecutor Brady predicts, with a 75% level of confidence, that the Republicans will dump Illinois House Speaker Mike Madigan in 2012 from his three decade reign in the House.

You can also watch Chairman Brady debate the issues with show host Jeff Berkowitz on your computer here

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Jeff Berkowitz: What is the biggest problem facing the African-American Community?

Laura Washington: Unemployment, I would say, right now. Unemployment-- and education [is No.2].

Berkowitz:  Education is ahead because if you solve the education problem you solve the job problem.

Washington: Um, um.

Berkowitz: If you solve the job problem in the sense that [the government] gives somebody a job, it’s a temporary, transitory solution—that solves their current job situation.

Laura Washington: You don’t necessarily give them a job.

Berkowitz:  But, until that person can become self-reliant.  Until that person can raise his or her marginal productivity so that person can go in the market and compete--

Laura Washington: Um-um.

Berkowitz:  They’re always going to be dependent on somebody in the government to help them.  That’s not a good feeling.

Laura Washington: Well, people who work for corporations are in the same boat.

Berkowitz:  No, because they can go to another corporation if they are really good; if Microsoft doesn’t treat you well, then go to somebody else, [which you can do] if you’ve got the skills. If you can’t read, if you can’t write, if you can’t do math—then you are dependent on [the government]…if you’ve gone to the Chicago Public Schools, where …one out of every two kids drops out before they graduate [from high school], and of the people who do graduate, only six [per cent] get a college degree within six years of [their high school graduation], that is a terrible performance record [by the CPS]. And, that’s twenty years after school reform.

Laura Washington: We’re talking thirty-forty years that this has been going on, and this has been happening in every community in the country.  Not just in Chicago.  We’ve had Republican Administrations; we’ve had Democratic Administrations over the last thirty-forty years.

Berkowitz:  Not in Chicago.

Laura Washington: Yeah, but I’m talking- this is not just a Chicago problem.

Berkowitz:  No, no, Laura. This is a Democratic [Party] problem. You can’t hang this one around the Republican Party. This city has been run lock, stock and barrel…for the last fifty years…it’s not even just a Democratic Party problem, it’s a Daley problem.

Laura Washington: Jeff, there are cities run all across the country that are not run by Democrats that have the same problem…

Berkowitz:  Largely, the [major] cities in the United States are currently run by Democrats…

Laura Washington: And, the answer is what? Privatize public schools? Charter schools? Where’s your book?

Berkowitz:  What did I do with that book? … Herb Walberg on School Choice.  Herb Walberg…is a guy who worked at the Heartland Institute. You know the Heartland Institute?

Laura Washington: Um-um.

Jeff Berkowitz:  They are people who believe in the free market. And, they believe in helping people who are low income. And, they believe in racial justice. They are people like Jack Ryan, who taught at Hales Franciscan before people in the journalism community, like the Chicago Tribune and WLS-TV thought it was worth it to spend a million dollars to find out what was in [Jack Ryan’s] California divorce court records [and help knock Jack Ryan off the ballot when he was trying to run against Barack Obama in 2004 for Illinois’ U. S. Senate Seat].  I mean, God forbid, the Chicago Tribune should spend a million dollars…

 

 

 

 

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