School board member, Skyy Fisher (Photo by BRIAN CARTER)
Compton Unified School District’s board member says that he will ‘Work Hard’ to regain the community’s trust.
While Compton School Board member, Skyy Fisher continues to apologize for calling slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin a faggot, Compton Unified School District’s (CUSD) interim superintendent, Karen Frison, a bitch and making fun of a school molestation case in the district, he is determined to move forward with his plans toward a better district, he told the Sentinel this week. Reforming CUSD’s curriculum and increasing graduation rates are among his top priorities. That is after he finishes a 60-day stint in rehab to address his alcoholism, something he attributes to the recent debacle.
“I’m taking a step back and refocusing on the fact that one, I’m not only Skyy Fisher, the guy that grew up in Compton and who was educated in Compton. Now, I’m also an elected official. And, I’m going to own up to the fact that I can’t do things that I used to do before I was elected,” he said.
“The community elected me to serve with dignity and I have to do that. I can’t let my constituents down. And so, I plan on seeking out a treatment center where I can be treated for my alcohol abuse.”
Fisher continued to emphasize the fact that his comments were a part of a satirical routine he does on Pigzradio.com.
“I played a character by the name of Skyy the Compton Martian who is a stereotypical, greedy, self serving politician,” Fisher explained.
“Those words are not who Skyy Fisher is. Those words are who Skyy the Compton Martian is on the show. So, I don’t condone calling women the b word or using the f word. I’m not homophobic, I’m not racist, I’m not any of those things…”
During the pod cast, Fisher referred to Trayvon Martin as “that faggot black dude.” He said a girl who accused a teacher at Davis Middle School of touching her inappropriately was because she was “doing bad in the class.” He also mentioned that he was “trying to get on the news,” so he was going to “wear a hoodie to the next school board meeting and announce my candidacy for city council.”
Fisher had been doing the show for two and a half years before he got elected to CUSD, he said. He realizes now, he said, the conflict that doing some kinds of political humor while serving as an elected official can cause. While he does not intend to quit radio entirely, he will definitely choose his future material with more care.
“I know that I can’t be Skyy the Compton Martian,” he said.
“I know I have to be the school board member that the community elected me to be. And so, even if I did do another radio show, I know I have to hold myself to the standards that the community that elected me into office do.”
Some colleagues are still calling for his resignation, however, saying in so many words, that his apologies are not enough. Fellow board member Satra Zurita told reporters that she respects Fisher’s efforts to address his health problems but his actions still have consequences.
” I cannot agree with his decision to merely take a leave of absence,” she said.
Fisher cannot be fired since he is not a CUSD employee. In order for him to leave, he has to resign or the community has to recall him. He has no intention of resigning, he said, and it’s hard for him to tell if the community will vote him out.
“It’s up to the community,” Fisher said.
“I really can’t say. But I’m going to continue to serve the community with dignity and work towards my goals. If a recall happens, I’m going to continue to work because I’m there for the students. “
Those goals include restructuring the district’s budget so that money goes to updating facilities and implementing more extracurricular activities like performing arts and athletics. He had already started working on things like green initiatives and getting kids to college tours before the incident. When he comes back he said he would also focus on reforming secondary education in Compton.
“Compton Unified is an elementary school district,” said Fisher.
“Our students are going to our elementary schools and they’re feeding into secondary schools outside of our district. We have a retention problem and when you have a retention problem, you lose money. How can we keep our students here and how can we make sure they matriculate into college?
“That’s very important. Also, with my roll out plan to reform secondary education, I asked for zero periods to be implemented. That way, our students can take community college courses on the high school campuses. There’s no reason our students can’t graduate with a high school diploma and an AA at the same time.
We have the staff to put these things in place. We just need somebody to be the leader of this district and hold these staff members accountable.”
Fisher hopes that the district will find a well-rounded superintendent hopefully, one who has been a teacher and has the financial background. Frison has done a great job so far, but she will be resigning from the board in June. Meanwhile, Fisher said he wants to reiterate his apology, mainly to Martin’s family.
“I want to apologize to the Trayvon Martin family and anyone else who may have been offended by what they heard or what they read. I am up to the challenge of rebuilding the trust that I’ve lost from the community and my colleagues. I know I will have to work harder than I’ve worked in my entire life, but I’m up for that challenge.”