WASHINGTON, D.C. – In a memorable scene from the classic TV comedy “Everybody Loves Raymond,” Debra confronts her brother-in-law, Robert, who’s feeling sorry for himself because he was immobilized after being gored by a bull:
“You know what I think? I think you love that bull. I think you were so happy he found you, because he’s a two-ton excuse for your life! That’s right. You were a victim before that bull. You’ve been a victim your whole life, because there’s nothing easier than playing the victim, is there, Robert?”
While the sitcom used its self-pitying character to generate laughs, there’s nothing funny about seeing real people go through life blaming their self-inflicted miseries on others.
And that’s exactly what’s happening in Washington D.C., where a collection of progressives have filed three civil rights complaints with the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights over school closures in Newark (New Jersey), Chicago and New Orleans.
The complaints were filed by officials with the Journey for Justice Alliance – a collection of left-wing organizations that includes state and national teacher unions.
The activists claim that students of color in Newark, Chicago and New Orleans “have been disproportionately affected by school closures and charter-school expansions,” the Washington Post reports.