[sixties-l] Re: Fwd: Lawyers Seek SLA Shootout Fil

From: Jeffrey Blankfort (jab@tucradio.org)
Date: 10/09/00

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    > Michael, my recollection from that time is that Foster wanted to implement a system of student ID's, which now are fairly commonplace in most schools. I don't recall his proposing armed guards.  Many if not most schools were and are surrounded by fences, except for their entranceways. Also, while the use or abuse of Ritalin was a subject of public debate, I don't recall that Foster was linked to it. Is the material you presented in some book or article about the SLA?
    Jeff Blankfort
    > Date: Fri, 06 Oct 2000 18:40:40 -0400
    > From: Michael Rossman <mrossman@igc.org>
    > Subject: [sixties-l] Re: Fwd: Lawyers Seek SLA Shootout Files
    > >D. Horowitz wrote:
    > >Actually the SLA became famous not with the kidnapping of Patty Hearst but with
    > >the cold blooded assassination of Marcus Foster, the first black superintendent
    > >of Oakland's schools.
    > Although I abhor such violence as much as the next pacifist, even at targets
    > less-generally respected,  it's instructive to review the rationale given by
    > the SLA for the assassination of Marcus Foster. As I recall, they saw him as
    > presiding over the military pacification of the public schools -- the key
    > points being their fenced enclosure with armed guards, and the drugging of
    > then-termed "hyperactive" students, particularly with Ritalin. Although the
    > paths of development since do not coincide with SLA expectations, the irony of
    > the present situation is apparent. For the degree of protective fortification
    > and policing has advanced significantly,  not only in inner-city schools but
    > in spreading to those more privileged; and the degree of drugging, across all
    > social levels, has multiplied remarkably with the popularity of ADD/ADHD
    > diagnosis and the general trend towards pharmaceutical management of personal
    > and social problems. Ironically also, perhaps, Foster's assassination was a
    > significant factor in disrupting the development of analyses and activism
    > concerned with the conjunction of these two continuing developments.
    > Michael Rossman <mrossman@igc.org>

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