Saturday, October 31, 2015

Did racism play a role in the South Carolina School saga?



I have heard two sides of the arguments. Some believe that it was racism that made the police officer to act the way he did, but others don’t believe it played a role. I am conscious that most of you must have seen or heard the incident. I will not belabor what is in the news already. There is no question that the officer used excessive force. Since he is being sued by at least two people, it portrays a habit that has been condoned by the school and administrators. Therefore, the Spring Valley High School itself should be held accountable too. In my opinion, racism did not play a role, and I will tell you why.
I do agree with those who argue that simply because he is dating a black woman does not mean that he is not racist since slave owners had black women too. At that time, love becomes a business rather than a covenant. It could be some form of symbiosis or commensalism. Consequently, I doubt that race played a role in this case since the teacher and administrator who summoned the white officer were black. They called for the white police officer to eject the unruly student. There is no way a teacher is going to teach with a child constantly using their phone in class. In addition, the teacher asked the student to step out, an administrator asked her to step out, and a police officer asked her to step out, but she refused to comply with any of the commands. Such behaviors should not be condoned. She is partly responsible for what happened to her. Had she obeyed the teacher or administrator, it would not have come to the extent where she had to be tossed around like some thrash. If you walk on a train track and you are killed by the train, you have to bear the blame for walking on the track, even though the train killed you. If a bus has 50 students going for an excursion, then they saw a man crossing the road gingerly. The bus driver honked and honked , but the man did not leave the road. The bus driver cannot do otherwise than hit the man because on both sides of the road are deep valleys. That was the situation of the teacher. The student had to be kicked out to save the other students. I heard the mayor say that such behaviors should not be criminalized. That is one occasion I really disagree; she should be prosecuted, else it will buoy the other students as it has been the tradition in that very school. however, her prosecution should not lead to any jail sentence. She should be sent to some reformation or clinic or church counseling. 
I read that there is disproportionate school discipline of black kids. That is true! I have experienced that myself. Perhaps it is because most schools are acting on assumptive bias and prejudice. Nonetheless, I believe that one would have to make that determination in individual cases. Just this week, I witnessed a strange situation. In 4 classes with each having two or less black students, the black students were the most disruptive and disrespectful. 

The other day Raven Symone said that the student should have left the class and people went berserk. Raven is right! Don't some of you see that you are ruining your own schools by condoning these poor behaviors? In good schools, students don't have cell phones in class. If your cell phone is seen, it is seized, but the bad schools feel that students need them to study better. Poor parents argue that their kids need the cell phones to stay in touch. Before the advent of cell phones, people still stayed in contact with their parents, so it is bunkum to argue that the child needs the cell phone to stay in touch with their parents. Don't these schools have phones? I have witnessed this in Georgia and in Arizona that Most schools with majority blacks or Hispanics are ruined. I have a great plan to solve this problem, but I will not share it here, less your experts steal it and start to parade it in theories they cannot even apply.
Notwithstanding, one reason why students misbehave is because teachers do not win the trust of their students, and America has made it difficult for them to do so. To teach someone well, you must first show great interest in them. You must throw caution and risks to the wind to achieve that feat; a feat I had.  The problem of America is not that they have bad teachers; they merely have bad parents and students. Parents need to be parents and stop this scapegoating! It is also not a secret that kids from homes with both parents are well behaved than those from single parents or no parents at all. If we rebuild back the family, we would solve half of the school behavior and performance issues. The society has emboldened these students. The other day, “A Florin High School student body slammed his principal during a lunch room fight Monday.”

However, the student should sue the police officer for malfeasance, the teacher for misfeasance, and administrator and school for nonfeasance. The police did his job poorly, the teacher passively sat there and watched as the kid was tossed across the room, and the school had failed to act despite the numerous reports against the violent nature of the officer. 

Until then, there is a way to gain the schools back; you should give me the opportunity. 

“Bonyfish beware because the same net that caught the jawless fish, caught the cartilaginous fish” (Hamilton Ayuk). Beware earthly paradise seekers because there is a serpent in every paradise"(Hamilton Ayuk). "If in this life only we have hope in Christ, we are of all men most miserable." (I Cor 15:19). "It is not how well you know a person; it is how well you treat them that they will live longer and happier with you." Hamilton Ayuk. Idle people write, idler people read, and idlest people read and whine that idle people are taking their time (Hamilton Ayuk).

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