The Philadelphia Negroes: A Day Later, $50 Million Shorter

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The Philadelphia Negroes: A Day Later, $50 Million Shorter

Center City East
August 15, 2013
By Flood the Drummer


The Philadelphia Negroes: A Day Later, $50 Million Shorter.

The Vaudeville Village is Growing in Numbers, but Shrinking in Solutions.


By Christopher “Flood the Drummer”® Norris


8.15.13: Philadelphia– (Education/Politics): If Amos and Andy ever collaborated with the Three Stooges it would look a lot like Philadelphia politics in 2013. I would make the recommendation to City Council that once they vote on the final community-exclusionary proposal to barely fund Philadelphia’s Public Schools, that they change the name from City Hall to the Vaudeville Village.

READ: The Philadelphia Negroes: A Triple Threat to Philly Schools

(Photo Credit: C. Norris - ©2013)

(Photo Credit: C. Norris – ©2013)

In a race against the clock, The Negro Mayor of the nation’s fifth largest city attempted to beat the deadline today set by the Negro Superintendent of Schools by signing a letter stating that the City of Philadelphia will borrow $50 million on behalf of the School District. The third Negro Mayor of the nation’s first capital – after the Goode Negro and the Street Negro – is betting on City Council to approve the sales tax bill consistent with what has been done at Uncle Tom’s Harrisburg Cabin, so that the city has access to $15 million a year to repay the loan.

(Photo Credit: C. Norris - ©2013)

(Photo Credit: C. Norris – ©2013)

Not only will City Council not approve the sales tax bill, but the “Head Negro in Charge” claims “the legislation in Harrisburg has to be revisited due to a number of issues.” The eldest of the blackface bunch is holding firm on his land, tweeting “PhillyCouncil will not approve the borrowing of $50M for #phillyeducation. The purchase of SDP properties for sale has Council’s support.”

READ: Clergy Calls for Philadelphia School Boycott, say “$50 Million not Enough!”

In the letter addressed to Negro Superintendent of Schools, Mayor Nutter warns that “if City Council fails to act, either the cost of the loan will be borne by the City’s General Fund and cause significant deficits for the City, or even worse, deprive our school children of a sustainable funding source because of a dispute over how best to solve our City pension problems.”

This news comes less than twenty-four (24) after the State Delegation – led by Senator Hardy Williams – held a private Press Conference at City Hall to demand that Uncle Tom release the one-time $45 million grant to the city of Philadelphia.

Senator Hardy Williams at a May 10th Press Conference. The State Delegation joined Mayor Michael Nutter and Superintendent Dr. Hite in saying they were committed to working together to solve the financial woes of the Philadelphia School District. (Photo Credit: C. Norris - ©2013)

Senator Hardy Williams at a May 10th Press Conference. The State Delegation joined Mayor Michael Nutter and Superintendent Dr. Hite in saying they were “committed to working together to solve the financial woes of the Philadelphia School District.” (Photo Credit: C. Norris – ©2013)

The Hardy Negro stated during the news conference that before coming to City Council and the Mayor for ideas on how to fund the $50 million dollars, “it was the state’s responsibility.” Admitting that they struggled for months trying to figure out how to generate revenue for the eighth largest school district in the country, Williams adds “we have not fulfilled our obligations.”

READ: Philadelphia School Crisis Solicits Reactions From Activists

Former City Council Candidate Isaiah Thomas, who has already started grassroots organizing for his 2015 bid for City Council-at-Large, says “we’re in this position because the School District of Philadelphia wasn’t an important line item on the budget.”

Thomas says if elected he will make finding a sustainable funding mechanism for Philadelphia schools his main priority.

The B-Balling Philly Roots Fellows disagrees wholeheartedly with Council’s plan to sell the District’s access inventory, saying: “it’s a band-aid; it’s a reaction to a problem.” Until the City and State has a clear idea as to what education will look like in the future, he says, “Selling off property and its resources is a terrible idea, we may need it back.”

(Photo Credit: J. Fox - ©2013)

The former G.W Childs Elementary School sits abandoned on the corner of 17th & Dickinson in the South Philadelphia section of the city.  (Photo Credit: J. Fox – ©2013)

Thomas doesn’t think that tax-payers should be pressed upon more to solve this problem, but says he agrees with the Mayor, citing “if it’s going to come down to the sales tax or no schools, I would rather sacrifice and pay more money than see Philadelphia’s children unable to start school.”


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