My Beef With Elizabeth Warren’s View On Charter Schools

So, here we are, son. It’s October 25, 2019 and Elizabeth Warren is one of the frontrunners for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination. Now, I won’t lie, man. On the real, I go back and forth about what I think about Warren. On one hand, I like some of her ideas. On the other hand, I can’t get with some of her stances. Side bar, I genuinely don’t believe that companies like Facebook or Amazon will allow her to break them up. But, that’s neither here nor there, fam. In any case, I legitimately have a beef with her position on charter schools. All in all, I think these institutions are always unfairly maligned.

Ok, for those who are unaware, Warren has a “plan” to improve public schools while simultaneously ending funding for new charter schools. Now, according to her vision, she wants to impose a 2% “wealth tax” that would hit households that make $50 million and up. The goal is to use that money to improve K-12 programs nationwide. In addition, Warren is looking to stop federal funding for new charter schools and subject existing charter schools to the same “accountability rules” as public schools.

Look, the way I see it, this plan perpetuates the idea that there’s something inherently wrong with charter schools. Now, to be fair, I may be a little biased, bruh. I mean, I currently have two children who are benefiting from a charter school education. Side bar, shout-out to Success Academy, son. In any case, while my family is thoroughly entrenched in the charter school system, I can admit that there are some issues. Namely, the lottery system. Real talk, the idea of a lottery system is problematic as shit, man. Basically, it’s designed in a way that prohibits all children from receiving the same education. So, I can readily see the fault with that, fam.

But, with all of that being said, let’s keep it a buck, bruh. The truth is, charter schools exist because public schools are fucking awful. Listen, I’ve heard the “let’s tax the rich” argument for fucking years, son. All I know is, that shit hasn’t worked yet, man. The way I see it, as long as public school funding is determined by tax bracket and property value, underprivileged kids will always get the short end of the stick. Shit, I grew up in the Bronx and my middle school principal personally gave me an application for Prep for Prep as a way to get me out of my school district. Sadly, he knew that there were better opportunities outside of my neighborhood. So, he decided to look out for me.

In the end, charter schools are not the problem, fam. Ultimately, charter schools are unfairly targeted by people like Warren and Bill de Blasio because no one has come up with a sensible enough plan to fix our broken public school system. By and by, taxing the rich works in theory, but that idea has never gotten off of the ground, bruh. At the end of the day, I’ll take my kids out of their charter school when wealthier people stop getting better free education. That is all. LC out.

Congrats, Braxton Winston!

So, this post is going to be short today, son. Basically, I just want to take the time out to congratulate my dude Braxton Winston on winning a seat on the Charlotte City Council. All I know is, North Carolina made the right move on Tuesday, man. They just gave a motivated man the opportunity to make a real difference in the community. With that being said, salute to him and salute to the city for believing in him!

Ok, for those who missed it, I wrote about Braxton when he first began his campaign. Now, even though I couldn’t vote in North Carolina, I still wanted to do something/anything to help his cause. In any case, I’m SUPER hyped that he was able to make this happen! Even though the real work begins now, I’m positive he’ll be ready for it, fam. In the end, nothing else needs to be said here, bruh. Congrats, Braxton!

Vote For Braxton Winston!

Man, where do I start, son? I guess I’ll begin by saying that I’ve known Braxton Winston for a long time. First, he was one of my predecessors at New York‘s PREP 9 academic program. Next, during the summer of 2002, we both served as advisors for the aforementioned program. This was a way for us to give back to an organization that positively altered the trajectory of our lives. In any case, I’ve always seen Winston as a positive role model. With that being said, I want to take the time to support his campaign for Charlotte City Council. North Carolina can really benefit from a man of his caliber representing them.

Now, before I continue, let me talk about how we got here. So, it all began with the shooting death of Keith Lamont Scott. After the police needlessly killed another Black man, Winston decided to stand up and join the protests. In fact, he’s responsible for an iconic photo, which was used by various new outlets to depict the mood in Charlotte. From there, he frequently used Facebook Live to display the real climate in the city, regardless of the narrative presented by law enforcement and the media. This was his way to tell the unabridged truth without succumbing to rhetoric and partisanship.

Moving on, for his efforts, he’s been confronted by the authorities on multiple occasions and even arrested for protesting. Anyway, as we fast forward to today, all of these events have lit a fire under Winston. Now, he’s looking to secure a place on the City Council, in hopes of bringing new energy and new ideas to the community. All in all, his movement is inspiring and I can’t help but support the man.

In the end, I want everyone to visit www.votebraxton.com and contribute. His website details his platform and the motivation behind his decision to run. By and by, I believe a lot more of us should become involved in local politics. I’ll admit that I’ve tinkered with the idea for the longest, man. However; as we can see, Winston is already beating me to the punch. Good work, bro! LC out.