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i am a current cal student who was born and raised close to fruitvale (around garfield). i've worked there, marched there, held events there, organized there. everyday i walk around campus and have to deal with students just like the ones interviewed in this article. i'm baffled at how they can point out the lack of job opportunities in the community and not realize the social implications, that the people in fruitvale are struggling. do they not want to do something about that? they can become allies, join in the fight against gang injunctions, help revitalize the community in a way that does not strip the community of its power. but no, they choose to walk away at the end of the day and say it's not their problem. not to mention how they exotify the fruitvale culture, how they straight up called it a NOVELTY. our culture is not a toy, it is our way of life.
also, it's weird that they make the argument that small schools are effective -- resulting in the highest test score increases in urban school system in cali -- but they say that it's more expensive, so we should cut that. so... it's either teachers being underpaid and overworked, or students go back to a fucked up, overcrowded schools that don't provide a good education?
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