The Beacon-News hates Hispanics…

The Beacon-News hates Hispanics…

Well…that ain’t exactly the truth, but it is exactly the message that paper has chosen to send to the Aurora east side community for the past few months. And despite my best efforts to point out the error of their way, that statement culminated in a flurry of recent “news coverage.”  crosby
You see, after hammering the East Aurora School District week in and week out, in the last five days alone, “columnist” Denise Crosby has written four separate pieces slamming their school board. The Beacon bosses have even gone as far as letting her play reporter just so she can repeat the same tired old accusations on a more regular basis!
Yes! East Aurora School Board president Annette Johnson has openly admitted their financial record keeping required improvement. Yes! The insurance debacle never should’ve happened, but it did and the district addressed it. Yes! The transgender policy kerfuffle was an unnecessary distraction, but it hardly rises to the level of what West Aurora band teacher Steve Orland almost got away with.
Even in the column in which Crosby “admits” she’s been “a little hard” on the district, she repeats the same old crap one more time. Didn’t another far more famous columnist once say, “Threatening to throw someone off a school board is a lot like threatening to stop beating them with a two-by-four.”
To put Crosby’s self-serving and over-the-top East Aurora coverage in perspective, if I wrote two columns on former County Chairman Karen McConnaughay’s antics in the same four month period, she and the other editors had a fricken’ cow.
Though I didn’t dare touch upon a candidate topic 60 days before an election because “we don’t want to affect the outcome,” in her fourth piece this week, Crosby outright endorsed the entire opposition school board slate!
And it all started because East Aurora School Board President Annette Johnson had the temerity to damage Denise’s delicate sensibilities by standing up to her. Can Annette be difficult? Oh! You bet she can! But in the end, she lays her neck on the line, she tells the truth, and she makes a stand, something Crosby has never been able to do.
So when faced with the abrupt and terrifying mirror image of a strong woman who toils endless hours for no pay, Crosby has no choice but to go on the attack.
Don’t believe me? C’mon! West Aurora has never addressed the fact that Orland got an extra year abusing female high school students and, sadly, their financial situation has eroded so badly that now they’re talking about a property tax increase. But where’s all the Beacon-News coverage?
The problem is, the more Crosby makes this battle personal, and the more she repeats this perceived litany of school board faults, it actually serves to damage the challengers’ cause. You can only hammer someone so long before it starts to generate sympathy.
Here’s what Crosby and Beacon-News are missing. This incessant hammering of East Aurora while letting its western twin slide, is not lost on East Aurora community leaders who generally happen to be Hispanic.
And I know this because I actually take the time to speak with these folks on a regular basis. Not only do I find them to be a refreshing change from the average self-interested Caucasian Kane County politician, but were I to throw my hat in the ring, their support would be critical.
Give me Board Members Monica Silva, Myrna Molina and (on occasion) Jessie Vasquez over the usual suspects any day. Give me State Rep. Linda Chapa LaVia over non-entities like Tim Schmitz on a regular basis. Please give me Tao Martinez, Art Velasquez and Juan Reyna over the self-appointed guardians of all things politically holy like Ken Shepro, Ellen Nottke and Mike Kenyon.
Pat Perez is the best fricken’ Sheriff to which Kane County has ever had the pleasure of bearing witness!
Again, it isn’t that some of this East Aurora criticism isn’t deserved, because it is. It’s that Crosby’s ceaseless harranguing – just to “get even” with Johnson – has gotten so bad that it’s really starting to hork off Hispanics. They clearly see the inequity in the coverage and her insistence upon denigrating a school district that’s 82 percent Hispanic is really getting under their skin.
How many times can you repeat the phrase “low test scores” before it starts to become a personal insult?
So no! I don’t believe the Beacon-News hates Hispanics, but I’m not the one who really matters.

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