Medical authorities have seen a recent spike in Oaklanders with Post Charter School Confusion Stress Syndrome (PCSCSS). And it is growing fastest among White affluent families. Experts describe the symptoms as a mix of anxiety, confusion and hypocrisy. You can spot someone suffering from the disorder as they sit in their BMW waiting to pick their kid up from a charter school, while writing long emails about privatizers and the evil charter school industry.
They may have bizarre and disconcerted ramblings about “equity” and they tend to have language difficulties, repeating certain phrases over and over again that have no real meaning—words like philantrocapitalism and privaterer-profitizing are constantly interjected into rants, and ranting and raving increase over time. There is also an unexplainable judginess—that mostly finds it target in low income Black and Brown families in the Flatlands who also choose charter schools.
Many believe that the disorder is related to White Flightitis, a standard trend of that community, that has become normalized, though it is seen as a disorder in some circles. White Flightitis is experienced by roughly half of Oakland’s White families—as they flee public schools for private schools. A trend that increases as resources do.
And while the victims of PCSCSS are incensed over other children going to charter schools, they tend to have the associated syndromes White Flightitis Blindness/Muteness as well as Equity Action Paralysis. In the first, their extreme outrage over charter schools is equaled only by their extreme silence around White Flight. And in the second, while they talk a lot about equity, they seem completely paralyzed to actually help out kids who need it. Only able to talk.
It must be sad.
So please be on the lookout, this may be worst outbreak to hit the affluent White community in Oakland since the Affluenza epidemic of the 90s.