On Wednesday, The Hartford Courant took down cartoonist Bob Englehart’s post that said:
Inner-city poor and minority-filled schools aren’t going to change until we can somehow change the pervasive core of the problem: dysfunctional inner-city poor minority families.
Sure, we hear of an occasional winner come out of the ghetto. Movie stars, athletes, business people, we know their stories, but they are the very rare exception. For the most part, losers raise losers. Somehow we’ve got to get to these families and teach them how to respect education. Till then, nothing will change.
Of course, the Internet never forgets, and Englehart’s spiked column can still be read by anyone doing a Google search. New Haven’s mayor and schools superintendent apparently saw the post before it was yanked, as they write in today’s Courant:
We were astounded by the ignorance in cartoonist Bob Englehart’s blog on The Courant’s website on Feb. 8 regarding “inner-city poor and minority-filled schools.” The majority of New Haven Public School students are minorities, and the majority are eligible for free and reduced price lunches, but NONE of our students are losers.
UPDATE: Englehart has apologized for the post.