Thursday, May 17, 2007

Don Imus, eat your heart out!

Warning: bad language, dead ahead!

I guess it's racial hypocrisy night at Buckhorn Road. Shortly after finishing up my previous post about the Knoxville murder case, I came across this column at Real Clear Politics (see blogroll for RCP).

To sum up the article before I paste some excerpts, Elizabeth Kandrac, a white middle school teacher in South Carolina, became so fed up with her administration's unwillingness to protect her from racially charged verbal and physical assaults at the hands of her black students, that she finally filed an EEOC complaint against the school. Then the legal fireworks began. I highly recommend you read the entire piece, but here are some juicy literary bites. Any emphasis is mine, and in the spirit of not sugar-coating reality, I have filled in the dashed lines that the author used when quoting the students' bad language that was directed at the teacher, so this is your official cursing alert:
Let's be clear: What these children called this teacher is beyond reprehensible and could be only be construed as hostile and threatening. Here's a sample: white b[itch], white m[other] f[ucker], white c[unt], white a[sshole], white ho.

Other white teachers and students corroborated Kandrac's account, including a male war veteran who testified he would rather return to Vietnam than to Brentwood [Middle School]...

Nevertheless, despite frequent complaints, school officials did nothing to intervene on Kandrac's behalf, arguing that the racially charged profanity was simply part of the students' culture. If Kandrac couldn't handle cursing, school officials told her, she was in the wrong school...

Here's what we know without question: If majority white students had used similar language toward black students and teachers, the case would have been plastered on the front page of The New York Times until heads rolled...
And the juiciest quote of all; the point I continually try to make when I write about cases such as these:
And the worst racists are those teachers and administrators who denied these empowered brats the expectation of civilized behavior.
I bring this up every time against my commentors who try to slime me with the racist label when I dare to speak of these matters. What could be more racist than the low expectations of behavior for these black students? It's just a part of their culture?! Is that the best that you think they are capable of accomplishing? I think those students are capable of accomplishing more than many care to give credit. So who's the racist?

Good Day to You, Sir

1 comment:

Texas Truth said...

This is exactly some of the same things I get in my school. Racial comments are made by the Hispanic students towards white students and teachers and nothing is done.

If enough teachers started filing complains with the EEOC and lawsuits, perhaps the administration would get the idea.

With one week left in school, dress code has gone out the window, discipline referrals have been put in File 13 and teachers have been told "Don't make an issue over the little stuff."

Needless to say, I will still write up the referrals until the last day of school.

After 30 years, I am beginning to get tired. Looking around my school and seeing all the teachers who have NO BUSINESS in the classroom has really made me re-evaluate how much longer I can do this. I think 3-4 more years may be all I can do.

30+ years is a career, but I will continue to plug along, doing it my way.

I would love to see a teacher who has a lawyer as a relative takes on the students and administration. Perhaps it WOULD make them wake up!

By-The-Way...No student has a RIGHT is act like a jerk. Nothing like what you described is a part of respectable culture.

Remember when EBONIC was being forced down educator's throats? That was also suppose to be a part of their culture

Take care!!!