Where did you get racist out of the comment? That's the first thing people yell out when they have NO other argument.
Howard has been a dead end for decades. Even before consolidation, it was in this same shape. No amount of money that has been thrown at it (millions of dollars), no amount of radical teaching philosophies, no amount of press coverage can solve the real problem. Was it not last school year that there was such a tardiness issue that school starting time had to be changed? People are sick and tired of hearing these stories and seeing THEIR tax money thrown away.
Also, the best way to shut a racist up: Prove them wrong with you actions.