Dave Bing, a Detroit Pistons star turned businessman, wants to start a charter high school near his auto supply company in Detroit.
“I’m not anti-public schools,” he said in news reports last month. “But I don’t think they will fix public schools quick enough to stop the drain. And if parents and children don’t have other options, it’s a lose-lose proposition for both the public schools and the city of Detroit.”
In the Free Press, columnist Rochelle Riley reams the so-called Call ‘Em Out Coalition which nominated Bing for a “Sambo Sell-out Award.”
The group is mad because Bing decided to partner with white philanthropist Bob Thompson, whose offer to build $200 million worth of charter high schools was rejected two years ago for fear it might hurt the city schools. The pair isn’t recycling Thompson’s old offer. Bing wants one school, near his company, one whose graduates could see their future down the street.
. . . Sambo? Sellout? Not black enough? Dave Bing is the definition of black for this century, always achieving and always looking for ways to help those coming up behind him.
So for those who think being black means letting the public schools die while throwing darts at those who would help, who think being black means letting the city perish before accepting help from someone white, for those who want to take Dave Bing’s membership card in the black race, then take mine, too.
Those who would rather call names than welcome solutions don’t represent my history, my present or my future. They’re segregationists who can single-handedly kill Detroit, if allowed.
Via A Constrained Vision.