Gene Demby

Gene Demby is a writer in Brooklyn, New York. He blogs at PostBourgie.

Recent Articles

Shutting the Rubber Rooms.

Yesterday, New York City finally shuttered its notorious "rubber rooms," the Kafkaesque solution devised by officials to deal with teachers who were deemed unfit to remain in classrooms but, armed with tenure, were essentially unfireable. Suspended teachers could only be dismissed from their jobs after a protracted appeals process that could stretch on for months or years, and during which they still received their full salaries. The unfireable teachers were still required to show up every day to one of several rooms across the city on a schedule that approximated a normal school day. They sat there with nothing to do. It was a long, wasteful war of attrition, with the city hoping that the tedium would eventually compel the suspended teachers to quit. The rubber roomers have now been reassigned to the city's department of education offices, where they'll work until their cases are resolved. It's hard to tell whether the rubber-room issue was a bigger embarrassment to the school system...

Welcome Gene Demby, Guest Blogger for the Week.

Please welcome Gene Demby , who will be guest-blogging for TAPPED this week : Allow me to reintroduce myself. My name is Gene Demby, the founder of a blog called PostBourgie . PB was founded because I found that so many online discussions about the issues affecting "black life" in America --- education, crime, family, the towering wackness of, say, Soulja Boy --- often devolved into unhelpful, self-congratulatory sermons that oversimplified complicated issues. Since I started that little venture a few years back, my talented blogmates and friends have been picked off by various progressive new media outfits, of which The American Prospect is probably the most egregious offender . So here I am, standing athwart history, yelling: me too! I'm honored that the smart, sharp folks at TAPPED are letting me pinch-hit for a spell. I'll try not to drink all the cranberry juice. -- Gene Demby