Watch the ENTIRE VIDEO...Hazel Dukes gets more EXTRA with each passing second. Somewhere Ben Jealous is in the fetal position.
Can we all agree that I'm pretty good at game theory? We can't? Okay well anywhoo. This story out of NYC of the Black parents vs. the Elite Establishment just intrigues me. To refresh your memory, the NAACP has filed a lawsuit to boot a bunch of Black children in Harlem out of charter schools and the parents of those children are none-too-pleased.
But you rarely see ordinary Black people take on the Black Elite Establishment in public...which is why Hazel Dukes appears to be becoming unhinged... or more entertaining than ever.
Here's a story update:
Hazel Dukes of the NAACP is a treasure trove of blog-worthy goodness. I LUV HER! Why? Because she says stuff like this!
"She said I went to Harvard on her back," said Cliff Thomas, founder of the Invictus Prep Charter School, due to open this fall in East New York, Brooklyn. "She said I didn't get there because I was smart or worked hard." NY POST
Here is another version of the same incident
She called African-American charter-school activist Clifford Thomas a "dumbass" and said: "You went to Harvard on my back, not because you're smart, not because you worked hard." NY POST
Dukes acknowledged her comments, saying, "Wouldn't he be intelligent enough graduating from Harvard that he would want quality schools for all children?"
She dismissed any suggestion that she had gotten physical. "If I pushed him, he ought to have pushed me back," she said. "He's a grown man."
She's wrong... buuuuuuut there is something about her that I like. But back to Hazel Duke's blog-worthy goodness.
If you and the NAACP continue on this horrible lawsuit against my daughter's school and the fellow 18 charter schools, it will not be the best legacy to leave behind," Ramos wrote. The Post reports that Dukes's reply was swift and, well, to the point.
"You are not a member of the NAACP and don't understand that you are doing the business of slave masters," Dukes explained to Ramos in an email sent June 1st. Gothamist
Apparently there isn't a thing Ben Jealous can do to shut Hazel Dukes up. Interesting that Jealous didn't hesitate to throw Shirley Sherrod under the bus to protect the NAACP, but it letting Hazel Duke say anything in the name of the NAACP.
I realized Hazel was quote worthy when I heard her at a rally during my covert operation at National Action Network headquarters. I can't remember anything else from that entirely-too-long rally other than her chastising Black people in Harlem for not voting for David Dinkins because "he didn't invite y'all to the fish fry." She dropped a few words of profanity as well which was disconcerting because the NAN "rally" is actually a Saturday-morning church service with gospel music and all.
But there is more. Ms. Dukes is not above getting in your FACE ... and she'll do it in front of an entire auditorium of people.
9:30 p.m. As promised, I’m posting video (above) from the altercation earlier tonight between Hazel Dukes of the NAACP and charter school advocates.
Dukes actually found herself in the middle of two separate physical altercations with two different charter school advocates after each personally addressed comments she made earlier this month that referred to charter parents as “slave masters.” In his testimony, Invictus Preparatory founder Cliff Thomas, who is African-American, said he resented Dukes’ comments. Immediately afterward, Dukes confronted Thomas. “You went to Harvard on my back,” Dukes said. “Not because you’re smart, not because you work hard.”
Later, two parents from the Success Charter Network had to be physically separated from Dukes in the back of the auditorium. One of the parents, Kelly Alday of Bronx Success Academy, had just finished her testimony, which once again personally called out Dukes for her comments. In the address, the woman turned towards Dukes and directly addressed her. That was enough to spark Dukes, who rose from her seat at the front of the auditorium and met the woman at the end. The confrontation lasted for about 30 seconds before security and others stepped between the them.
Afterward, Dukes defended her actions. “I don’t regret it at all.” Gotham Schools
Now the video above is the exact opposite of what Hazel Dukes had to say about the healthcare debate. In this interview she condemns inflammatory rhetoric and calls for civility. So she knows better.... she just won't do better. Here is Ms. Dukes speaking about "Civility" Fast forward to minute mark 12:12.
Ms. Dukes is kinda like Anakin Skywalker... you admire her swordplay, you just wished she used her powers for good.
In the interest of full information, I grew up under a desegregation order (Thanks NAACP...of yesteryear!) so my parents were able to exercise parental choice with M&M transfers... I never went to the school I was zoned for until high school. So I can't in good conscience support a system where a child is doomed to a poor education because of the zip code they were born into ( yikes! terminal preposition!). Does that mean charter schools? I don't know. It just means that parents should have the option to send their children to the very best public school available. I'm not married to any system.
But back to why this story intrigues me... it didn't go away. If anything the battle is getting more pitched, the NAACP's leadership in NYC is sounding more desperate, and Black parents are getting more resolute about defending their children. That's what I'm excited about... ordinary Black folks who give a rip!
I knew they were out there. Heck, I think we're in the majority.
After the publication of this story, the following was brought to our attention
Hazel N. Dukes, the president of the New York State chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and a former president of the New York City Offtrack Betting Corporation, pleaded guilty yesterday to stealing $13,000 from an OTB employee who was suffering from cancer.
In a brief appearance in Manhattan Criminal Court, Ms. Dukes, 65, admitted that she embezzled money in 1993 from the bank account of Velma McLaughlin, a former OTB employee, who had given Ms. Dukes power of attorney when Ms. McLaughlin was on disability leave as she battled leukemia. New York Times
Um HOW? HOW? HOW? Did this woman end up as the President of a non-profit entity? Don't they have regulations related to crimes of moral turpitude?
Forget everything I said about admiring her swordplay. Hazel Dukes isn't talented or gifted, she's a narcissist and a sociopath. Who steals from another woman dying of cancer?