Six Degrees of Barack Obama
Well, then. Stanley Kurtz of the National Review has scoured the files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge and come up with…. jack squat. Extremely tangential, at its best. Homofascist’s wedding story, below, has more heft. As is usually the case. Please read his story, then mine. Kthxbai.
Here’s what the boy genius found: the Annenberg Challenge (1), gave a $200,000 grant to an education coalition in South Shore (2), a part of which was an outfit called the South Shore African Village Collaborative (3), which sought to introduce an “Afro-centric” adolescent program (4) — an offshoot, supposedly of the Pan-African movement during the 1960s and 1970s (4a).
This education coalition “sponsored a presentation on African-centered curricula by Jacob Carruthers, a particularly controversial Afrocentrist” (5a), who makes the bold claim that African-Americans need to look to their heritage and reject the excesses of Euro-American culture — capitalism, individualism, etc. His theories — raised in a damn presentation, not an actual class or anything — center on “the teachings of the ancient wise man, Ptahhotep (an historical figure traditionally identified as the author of a Fifth Dynasty wisdom book)” (5a-i).
This Carruthers guy — non-teacher, but presenter and advisor, remember — was “a defender of Leonard Jeffries, professor in the department of black studies at City College in Harlem, infamous for his black supremacist and anti-Semitic views (5a-ii).”
The conclusion of the South Shore African Village Collaborative (back to 3) from this presentation was as follows: “Our children need to understand the historical context of our struggles for liberation from those forces that seek to destroy us.” Which could be code for “kill Whitey,” but could also be a perfectly legit lesson plan. Could people be liberated from forces seeking to destroy, other than those named Whitey? Like — for example — drugs, gangs, crime, booze, domestic violence, TV, etc. etc.?
Another Afro-centrist was also a presenter before the SSAVC, named Asa Hilliard — who had the rotten luck of dying in 2007 (5b). This guy set up a private elementary school with… Jeremiah Wright (6), who gave his eulogy. (Rev. NAH NAH NAH also hosted Jacob Carruthers at a symposium kind of deal at Trinity.)
Meanwhile, Bill Ayers (7) is working with Carruthers to publish a book next year. This, somehow, was in the files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which doesn’t exist anymore.
Thus — imposing Wright’s worldview was the objective of the SSAVC, which was paid for through a grant to an education coalition by Chicago Annenberg Challenge, which leads to this conclusion:
“However he may seek to deny it, all evidence points to the fact that, from his position as board chair of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, Barack Obama knowingly and persistently funded an educational project that shared the extremist and anti-American philosophy of Jeremiah Wright. The Wright affair was no fluke. It’s time for McCain to say so.”
No it isn’t. A $200,000 grant from a wealthy private philanthropy foundation (out of a budget a hundred times as large) to an education coalition, which gave only a part of it to a local school advocacy group, which had two speakers with Afro-centric roots, who came up with a lesson plan that is no more offensive than Sesame Street (circa 1980s, before it went all crappy on us), and which was a group described by a right-wing hack as one “that puts its efforts into Kwanzaa celebrations and half-baked history,” and which has a tangential relation to a minister who Barack Obama has already disowned. Oh, and Bill Ayers wrote a book. Who hasn’t? This is it?
Verdict: EPIC FAIL. (And yet, there’s enough here for one more attack spot. Which is enough, perhaps.)