|LACASA Chess Team|
The conversation was about whether there should be classes for children at the club. My short answer for this is no. This activity is being pursued by the administration because it seems profitable, and doesn't involve pesky adult chessplayers (except the ones making money from the classes).
While the overwhelming majority of the kids taking chess lessons at the club are white kids from middle class or well off families, it turns out that there is a class or classes for "underprivileged" kids. So Cory accused me of being racist and elitist and hating kids, and threatened to tell Nelson Farber. Then he started lecturing me on inter-generational poverty. Kind of ironic for a Baruch teacher to lecture a City Tech teacher on inter-generational poverty.
|Ted and Nagib|
I told Cory that I would sue him if he libeled me. He is a politician, so I told him that I would donate to his opponent if he ran for office again. I told him that I would speak to his opponent. Cory said that I was bullying him, and that I was threatening his job.
Cory's remarks border on slander. I wish he was not inclined to stray so close to the line, but if he goes over the line, litigation will be my only recourse. It matters whether something is true or not. As Cory presumably uses his actions on the board to garner campaign contributions, he should know that he is garnering campaign contributions for his opponent as well.
|Blitz Chess |
I should add that I called him a fascist. In my view a fascist is someone who believes that the end justifies the means, and their only end is to personal power. All else is just a matter of scale.
|Some people just don't get it.|
This kind of nasty "when are you going to stop beating your wife" type of politics accompanies the takeover of the Marshall from the members by a small elitist clique. This is an unfortunate result of chess being fashionable.
The question has been circulating as to whether the Marshall has ever had an African American Governor. I know of at least two: Roy Barker, who was good friends with Johnny Marks, and Ted Vialet who is a good friend of mine going back to the Manhattan Club days. I think there may have been others, perhaps Erskine Robinson, but it would have been during times I wasn't around much so I don't remember.