If you listen carefully to the defenders of Dr. Hamlet and Dr. Perkins, their defense is based upon ready references to previous instances of racism in Pittsburgh such as with Superintendent John Thompson. I even had one person reference the “racist imprisonment of Police Chief Nate Harper.” I am certainly not one to defend the racist history found in Pittsburgh and its surrounding region. I have fought against racist and sexist discrimination all my life and will continue that fight until my dying day.
But there is a danger in the premature rush to a judgment of racism to defend a less than perfect professional capability. The danger is that it distracts the focus away from our most important need – experience. And even if we concede the “racism” argument, we are left with a Superintendent background that is severely lacking in the kind of Excellent Experience our district needs in the Superintendent to replace Dr. Linda Lane.