When the Hand Grenade Gets Lobbed Back

American Federation of Teachers president Randi Weingarten made headlines last July when she said, “This use of privatization, coupled with disinvestment, are only slightly more polite cousins of segregation.”

Afterwards, Philadelphia Federation of Teachers president Jerry T. Jordan tweeted out his support of Weingarten’s remarks:

Last week, author David Osborne spoke at a Philadelphia Education Fund event and said teachers’ unions were “actually doing what George Wallace did, standing in the schoolhouse door, denying opportunity to poor minority kids.”

Jordan responded with this – retweeted by AFT – and an online petition to denounce Osborne:

Neither side should be comparing people to segregationists, or terrorists, or Hitler, mainly because it diminishes their evil acts. The most obvious difference between George Wallace and teachers’ unions is that Wallace literally stood in the schoolhouse door, flanked by state troopers, before yielding to a U.S. Attorney accompanied by National Guard troops.

That’s a segregationist.

Weingarten, Jordan, Osborne and others are just people who disagree about how to spend public money to provide a decent education to America’s kids.