Michael Steele takes a cheap shot at Frederick Douglass High
Michael Steele, the RNC chairman and Maryland's former lieutenant governor, took a shot at Frederick Douglass High this week during an interview with CNN's D.L. Hughley. According to the transcript, he said that "you don't get anywhere without an education. I can take you right now to Frederick Douglass High School in Baltimore City, where the educational system that's supposedly training and teaching the future generation of black folks ain't doing that. It's not doing it at all. So the question then becomes -- and Republicans aren't running the City of Baltimore. So the question then becomes, how do we as a community become self-empowered to make the system, whether it's run by Democrats or Republicans, work for us?"
Recall that in February 2006, Steele visited Douglass and pledged to personally work to turn the school around. When students asked if he'd make the commitment in writing, he looked them in the eye and told them, as I reported at the time, that "I'm asking you to check me on it. My word is my bond." But he did not follow through.
Here's a transcript of Steele's CNN interview. (If you do a search for the school's name to get to the relevant part, it's misspelled "Douglas.") And above you'll find it on video; comments on Douglass begin five minutes and 35 seconds in.
I wonder if this will come up at Gov. O'Malley's town hall meeting at Douglass tonight.