Monday, December 16, 2019
Racism Has No Place In Our Schools
At high performing Beacon High School in Manhattan, where student acceptance is based upon their middle school academics and is, for the most part, color blind, racism has reared it's ugly head.
A White and Jewish girl privately complained to her guidance counselors about being "wait listed" by her university of choice while lower academically performing minorities were accepted. She rightly felt that is unfair and discriminatory. The guidance counselors,were apparently Jewish, sympathized with the student and agreed that the University's selection accounted for affirmative action criteria in selecting their student body and hurt her chances to get in. It's common knowledge that top universities discriminate against East Asian and Jewish high school students when it comes to admissions and this girl was probably a victim of that discrimination as well as the affirmative action requirements.
Unfortunately, a Black student, who was waiting to meet with his counselor, overheard the confidential conversation and barged into the confidential meeting and berated the girl and her counselors and then reported it to his friends. The same group that staged a sit in at Beacon High School on the school's selection system that limits the integration process because it does not look at race or practice affirmative action to increase Black and Hispanic students. The result was that the White and Jewish girl was subject to cyber bullying and racist rants at school.
Worse, a Black Science teacher identified as Mr. Green has told the group of students that they should boycott school today and continue until their complaints are met. This is unacceptable and the teacher should be disciplined since he is encouraging racism. Moreover,the teacher is accused of inflaming racial tensions, encouraging kids to be insubordinate and violating DOE attendance and safety regulations. I suspect that either SCI or OSI will be investigating this teacher and deservingly so.
Susan Edelman of the New York Post wrote an article about the situation and is a must read Here.
In a follow up article by Susan Edelman it appears the school's Principal, Ruth Lacey, actually supported the student boycott that has racial overtones rather than putting a stop to it. No wonder our schools are having racial divides with principals like her who rather support than confront the racial issues associated with the student boycott.