Saturday afternoon, after a showing of David Barton’s American History in Black and White, we at the Frederick Douglass Foundation of NY presented the first Spirit of Freedom award to Jada Williams, a 13-year old city of Rochester student.
She had read Narrative of the Life, Frederick Douglass’ first autobiography, and related the story of Douglass’ slave master keeping his slaves illiterate so as to keep them enslaved to her own experiences in the Rochester City School District. Her essay was so powerful and spot-on that teachers then began to persecute her so much that she felt the need to leave the school, at which point, they put her in a school where they stash the problem children.
This is an ongoing project that we at FDFNY are proud to be a part of. However, I contend that we need to be careful, for this child’s ability to receive an education is what is on the line. With that in mind, I want to write some of my thoughts regarding our pursuit of justice for this little girl.
I sensed at the meeting that, after she had read her essay, some would like to light the torches and burn down the system. In my heart of hearts, I’d love to do that too, but before we do, there are some things to consider.
One of the things I mentioned to Miss Williams is that at times in the essay, she seemed to accuse the “white teachers” of being racist. Maybe she didn’t do it directly, but it would be easy for a white teacher to read that as what she was saying. For that reason, it is my opinion that this whole monstrosity of injustice originates with the “white teachers” reading exactly that into the essay. That is why her teacher reprinted it, and then had other teachers call Miss Williams’ parents to harass them – again, this is just my opinion. These teachers have not yet had the opportunity to give their side of the story to the FDFNY. However they have indeed refused to give their side to Miss Williams’ mother. So we’re still technically in the dark as to why these teachers went medieval on this little girl.
I mentioned to Miss Williams that I doubt that the “white teachers” were racist themselves. My argument stems from a simple rhetorical question: why would they be willing to teach in the inner city if they were racist? I whole-heartedly believe that the government educational system is indeed racist, but the individuals that do the work of the system aren’t necessarily, in their heart of hearts, racist themselves. It’s like China. I don’t hate all the people in China, but I’d nuke their communist government in a second if I were president. Lucky for Chinese communists, I’m probably not going to be president.
I know liberals like the back of my hand, and, while their solutions to racial issues only serve to perpetuate a two-tiered system, the mainstream liberal isn’t consciously racist. The Democrat Party is run by very wealthy folks who corral themselves off from the minorities that they don’t want themselves to be around. They then use their power and influence to take money from the US taxpayer to buy the votes of those that they despise. Along the way, they’re able to convince minorities that the Republican Party is the racist party, they use this “fact” to breed resentment, they control the message by determining what is indeed taught in schools, and they keep many minorities in what we conservatives call “modern-day slavery.”
It’s as if the Democrat Party has overcompensated for the sins they perpetrated on blacks by being the party of slavery, segregation and the KKK as an excuse to keep blacks in “modern-day slavery.” Slavery involved forcing the blacks to work without pay. Now, the Democrats run the welfare state, which, at first glance, would seem to be the exact opposite of slavery. The welfare state pays blacks not to work. In the process of doing that though, they strip the black man of his ambition and responsibilities, and they are thus eliminating his need to even bother becoming literate. The welfare state is the modern-day plantation. Vote for Democrats, and Democrats will make the taxpayers pay you not to work. But if you learn to read, you very well might leave the plantation, so don’t bother.
This process is cooked up by the wealthy interests at the top, and those at the bottom of the Democrat Party are completely blind to it. Think about it, if the 90% of blacks that vote for the Democrats knew this, would they vote for Democrats in such high percentages? For the most part, Democrats are completely convinced that they are members of the party of angels, while Republicans are evil-racist minority haters. They believe that intents are all that matter. Results are irrelevant, as long as they have good intents.
For that reason, calling a liberal “white teacher” racist can get a young girl in trouble. The typical liberal can’t conceive of the idea that they could be racist because they have nothing but good intents. Calling a liberal a racist is like cornering a coyote. And since coyotes are pack animals, the wrath of the pack will be much more vicious. And that is what is happening to Miss Williams. A pack of liberal teachers is trying to remove her “radical” ideas from their school.
That’s what I’d like us to keep in mind as we pursue justice. We, as adults, have the luxury of not having to compromise with the system. But Miss Williams is 13. If she can’t get an education in the government-school system without being metaphorically “whipped like a runaway slave,” we are not doing any good for her. For that reason, unless we come up with the funds to get her educated at a private school by going around the teachers union, we have to make sure that the cornered coyote has an alternative exit.
Again, I contend that the intents of most teachers are actually good. I’m going to naturally give the teacher the benefit of the doubt when it comes to having good intents. Nevertheless, they have to work within a system that they have no control over. When parent complaints come at them, it is indeed the union that protects their career- a career that they’ve spent a lot of time and money getting “edumacated” to have. So when we want to burn a teacher in effigy for being a pawn in the teachers union’s chess match against a black child’s attempt at being educated, we must remember that if we were in that teacher’s spot, we’d stand behind the union rep as well. Without the union, that teacher is made to feel as though they’d be thrown to the wolves, and wolves sure as heck like the taste of coyotes.
As well, I think that even though we have a huge dislike of the government educational system, we should not teach this child to have that dislike yet. She’s way too young to have the distrust of and disgust for our government. Being that she’s not quite 18, she doesn’t have the luxury of walking off the system’s plantation. Without being educated, the government will come and take her away from her parents.
So, we as conservatives need to keep this in mind. We want this to be resolved so that this little girl can indeed receive an education, while not being forced to compete with throwaway kids for the attention of teachers at some problem-child school. Instead of being sent there, she should be given the opportunity at a charter school or a private school. But until we’ve secured that opportunity for her, we have no right whatsoever thinking things will be just fine if we burn her bridge to resolving this issue with the government school system.
We should always open up an alternative exit for a cornered coyote, or expect the pack to tear us to shreds. The teachers union is a brainwashed mob-like army of foot soldiers for the Democrat Party, and the Democrat Party will not give up the ability to take the black vote for granted without a fight. In their eyes, the education of one little 13-year-old girl, who thinks like a Republican, is not at all a priority. They will sacrifice her in a second if it means maintaining control of their educational fiefdom.
See her read her essay
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