Weaponizing an Undereducated Populace to Undermine America
By TakeCharge News
Hundreds of black children are stuck in failing public schools in Minnesota and Baltimore, with no options for their families to choose education alternatives that would support achievement and success.
Kendall Qualls, president of TakeCharge, a black-led family, faith, and education movement based in Minnesota, says keeping young black children in failing public schools with no alternatives is part of the left’s strategy to “successfully weaponize” these young people.
“Those on the left are deploying tactics often seen in communist countries to change America from its core foundation,” Qualls told TakeCharge News. “The effort, which began many years ago, has a two-phased approach. The first phase is to disrupt the nuclear family and its influence on young people. The second is to develop an undereducated class of people who are easily controlled through simple messaging and emotion.”
One of TakeCharge’s “core principles” is “A quality education is the gateway to prosperity,” and that “prosperity” is a dream “that can be realized by anyone regardless of race or social standing.”
John Hinderaker at Powerline took note in May of TakeCharge’s Mother’s Day ad that appeared in the Star Tribune.
“For many of you it is a Happy Mother’s Day,” the ad reads, featuring photos of numerous black mothers. “[B]ut for us, it is not – because our children are being held in bondage.”
The ad continues:
It is the bondage in Minneapolis Public Schools that, for five consecutive years, rank at the bottom of the country in test scores and graduation rates for students of color. Black children from Mississippi rank higher than Minnesota.
We want a Mother’s Day gift of freedom – freedom of choice. Freedom as mothers, grandmothers, sisters and aunts to choose the right school for the children in our families. Help us start a new life for them by supporting school choice.
“With a large concentration of the black population in major cities across the country, the task of educating black youth has been under the stewardship of left-wing leaders for decades,” Qualls explains, elaborating:
One example is the Minneapolis Public School (MPS) system. MPS has ranked at or near the bottom of the country for black and Hispanic students in high school graduation rates for more than five years. However, students from the same neighborhoods who receive scholarships (ironically, from white conservative Christians) to faith-based schools perform above national averages on standardized exams and 90 percent of them graduate from high school. Frustrated by being stuck in poverty, this angry mob of black youth is convinced their plight is due to racism because of years of indoctrination by progressives in academia and entertainment.
“Once fully weaponized, the mob takes its orders from national and local bellicose leaders who call for them to ‘get confrontational’ as proclaimed and justified by Democrat Reps. Maxine Walters and Jim Clyburn earlier this year,” Qualls notes.
In July 2020, Center of the American Experiment published its policy fellow Catrin Wigfall’s report titled “Allergic to Accountability,” which featured the headline, “Minnesota’s public schools have little to show for decades of increased spending.”
“The consistently increased flow of dollars into Minnesota’s public schools has not translated into improved student achievement outcomes or more learning,” the report highlighted.
The document observed that, on both the Minnesota Comprehensive Assessments and the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP), “Minnesota students’ scores in reading and mathematics are stagnant or in decline, and an achievement gap between students of color and their white peers and students from low-income families and their wealthier peers persists.”
“States that spend less per pupil are better serving their students of color academically, proving that how money is spent matters far greater than how much money is spent,” Wigfall’s report added.
Hinderaker noted in his comments the major obstacle to school choice in the state:
Minnesota is largely run by its corrupt teachers’ union, Education Minnesota, and the state’s Democratic Party establishment has no compunction about throwing the state’s kids, especially minority kids, under the bus. So perhaps nothing will change. But then again, maybe people who keep telling us that black lives matter will finally start acting as though they mean it.
A similar situation exists in Baltimore, where a report last week at the Independent Sentinel noted 41 percent of Baltimore public high school students earned a grade point average (GPA) of only 1.0.
From the Sentinel:
WBFF’s Project Baltimore produced a report on Baltimore public schools. Their analysis found that during the first three quarters of 2020-2021, 41 percent earned a 1.0-grade point average (GPA) or below.
That means more than 8,400 students out of Baltimore City Schools’ 20,500 total population are getting grades below a “D” overall
The analysis found that 21 percent of city high school students obtained a 3.0 or better GPA—or a “B” average.
According to the report, Baltimore City Councilman John Bullock blamed the appalling statistics on the coronavirus pandemic.
“One of the realities that we dealt with this past year with the pandemic is a lot of young people struggle, a lot of families struggle,” Bullock reportedly told Fox45 News.
Project Baltimore, however, reported in March that hundreds of students have been failing for years, including in one high school in which a student who passed only three classes in four years ranked near the top half of his class with a 0.13 GPA.
Qualls says keeping black children in failing public schools with no alternatives is the second phase of the left’s “weaponization” plan to undermine America.
The first phase, however, began in the 1960s:
From the early 1900s to the Civil Rights era, the black community was rooted in faith, family, and the pursuit for a better education. The non-violent Civil Rights movement made tremendous gains in eliminating systemic racism and providing opportunity for black Americans. Simultaneously, LBJ’s social programs, began to change cultural behaviors in the black community. Specifically, Aid to Families with Dependent Children (AFDC) which financially incentivized unwed women to have children as long as they remained unmarried. As a result, in five decades we’ve seen the collapse of the black family declining from approximately 80 percent two-parent families to 80 percent fatherless homes. In that timeframe, not one national initiative has been introduced to reverse the trend. As a result, the two-parent black family has become an endangered species. These social programs and the collateral damage were the first phase of their initiative.
“With the black community, the left has created a populace dependent upon the government for survival,” Qualls asserts. “Even though published data confirms that two-parent families – including black two-parent families – reduces poverty, childhood abuse, and many other social ills.”
Qualls says he started TakeCharge to begin the reversal of the left’s weaponization of black young people.
“Over the past three years, I’ve had an opportunity to look under the rug of American politics,” he explains. “Besides dirt, I discovered a left-wing movement that will do anything to reshape the country and seize power. They’ve successfully weaponized young people—a large percentage of young black Americans and a growing number of young white Americans – against formerly trusted institutions and ordinary citizens in order to advance their agenda.”
Qualls, however, is determined to expand his organization beyond Minnesota to reverse the left’s weaponization of young people.
“The black community is missing out on the opportunities our country has to offer and it is not because of systemic racism or white privilege,” he states. “It is because since the 1960s the culture has declined from approximately 80 percent two-parent families to 80 percent fatherless homes without one national initiative to reverse the trend.”
“This is the reason I started TakeCharge,” he asserts.