[Marxism] Fwd: Why Baltimore Doesn’t Heat Its Schools

Louis Proyect lnp3 at panix.com
Sat Jan 27 06:55:54 MST 2018

In contemporary Baltimore, black (and white) lower-income residents do 
not serve as an exploited labor population as such because the city’s 
economy no longer has a place for their labor. Rather, they serve as a 
population that needs to be cordoned off and controlled. Indeed, even as 
the city faced a fiscal crisis, Baltimore business owners implored 
political officials not to slash police spending.

While the spectacular image of freezing Baltimore schoolchildren 
mobilized dozens of residents and parents to crowd the school board 
meeting this week, less spectacular dynamics compel teachers to spend 
upwards of $400 a year out of their own pockets on school supplies, 
force principals to cut library staff to make ends meet, place students 
under the surveillance of school police officers, push residents to turn 
to charity rather than the state to provide infrastructure support, and 
reduce the power of Baltimore residents to shape the destiny of their city.


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