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Sorry Cal, but Black History Month is in February


Sorry Cal, but Black History Month is in February

When you make an argument and the facts get in the way.

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The legal melodrama at the Warnors Theatre Fresno Unified School Board played out nicely in The Fresno Bee, with education reporter Mackenzie Mays digging into the district’s decision to hire more lawyers.

Local yacker Christopher Gabriel first pointed out a unique portion of Mays’ piece. Gabriel remarked that that Johnson went “Bo Jackson” by referring to himself in the third person:

JOHNSON: No one puts pressure on Cal Johnson. I’ve been in this business for years. I’ve been living in America for years. This is Black History Month. I don’t succumb to the Superintendent. I don’t succumb to you. I understand every gambit everyone plays.

Johnson, of course, was notorious for taking his marching orders from Superintendent Michael Hanson during his tumultuous year atop the Fresno Unified school board.

We can laugh off Common Core math, and Johnson is entitled to his own opinion about how much Hanson controlled his Board presidency, but he’s not entitled to his own facts: Black History Month is in February.

As for the reason why the rest of us know Black History Month is in February? Our teachers weren’t Cal Johnson.

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  1. Andrew Fabela

    January 25, 2016 at 4:06 pm

    As screwed up as Cal Johnson is and how misinformed he seemed to be about running a school board meeting properly, and no matter how long you’ve lived in America, Black History Month is in February and that’s the end of that tune. We’ll see just how much Hanson can wrap Chavez around his middle finger.

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