After the murder of that kid in Chicago was caught on video, Obama shipped off Holder and Duncan to make it looked like he was concerned. But there wasn’t much report nationally about how the actual leaders in that community were locked out of that meeting and instead they met with a few others including — you won’t believe it — Rev. Michael Pfleger.
Community leaders and parents outside Fenger are in disbelief that they are not at the breakfast table with Arne Duncan and Eric Holder.
“They are meeting about us without us,” said Phillip Jackson of the Black Star Project, a Chicago-based educational reform organization.
Duncan and Holder’s meeting at the Four Seasons also includes Mayor Daley, Pastor Michael Pfleger, CEO of Chicago Public Schools Ron Huberman, and Police Superintendent Jody Weis.
Yeah, there’s nothing quite like discussing the plight of poor people by hosting a shindig at the Four Seasons, where weekday rooms start at a mere $395/night.
Asked specifically if the group would be meeting with students and parents at Fenger, Daley demurred. “Oh I don’t know about that,” he said.
Meanwhile, community leaders are livid.
“President Obama fueled up Air Force One to fly to Copenhagen to try to win the Olympics. Why can’t he fuel up a Greyhound bus and come here?” asked Jackson.
Good question Mr Jackson. But wait it gets worse – the people from that area think a big part of the issue is due to the work Mr Duncan did while he was in Chicago.
At Fenger, a dozen parents from Altgeld Gardens arrived by school bus to blame Arne Duncan for the problems here, saying his Renaissance 2010 plan forced their kids to leave Carver.
The parents are demanding their kids be returned to the high school closer to their neighborhood.