Everyone is rightfully outraged over the recent mass firings of DCPS teachers due to a $44m budget shortfall; over 200 were let go on Friday. Students, teachers and their allies came together yesterday to protest the cuts and a lot of their attention focused on the Chancellor of DCPS, Michelle Rhee. They even received a few not-so-calming words from every body’s “favorite” Councilman Marion Barry, according to NBC Washington.
“Chancellor Rhee has lied to you. Lied to you,” Barry said. “And I don’t like liars.”
What? Is a member of the city council telling a group of upset and concerned protesters that a high level city official straight up lied to them? Barry is shooting from the hip and grandstanding in order to come across as the good guy and he doesn’t have facts to back up his audacious claim. I realize that city officials are not always going to agree, and that is to be expected. But to come out name-calling and labeling someone a liar does nothing but fuel the fire, Glenn Beck style.
Barry- please stop the ridiculousness. You want to fight for your constituents, we get it. But do so in a manner that doesn’t cause additional outrage or require you to throw labels and dirty names around; especially in a situation as incredibly difficult for all sides to handle as this one. You know, the Dog Whisperer was here in DC yesterday. Perhaps he could have given all of us a little lesson in how to remain calm and assertive.