LEBANON — The mother of two Lebanon school children has filed a complaint against the Lebanon City Schools alleging the district has failed to respond to complaints about racism and bullying.
WHIO reports that Heather Allen filed the complaint this week with the U.S. Department of Education Office of Civil Rights. The office has yet to determine whether it will investigate the complaint.
“Hopefully they are going to act sooner than later,” Allen’s lawyer Robert Newman said. “The investigation can go on for quite some time.”
The complaint outlines a series of incidents beginning last August, involving Allen’s biracial children in and outside school and alleging bullying and racial slurs. Earlier this year, school officials disciplined a student and cleaned a slur off a bathroom wall after one incident.
The most recent incident involved a racist posting on the Instagram social network in March directed at Allen’s son at the junior high school. Superintendent Mark North said district officials determined the incident involved activity off school grounds and referred Allen to police.
On Thursday, North said the district already discouraged students from racism and bullying through programs, detailed in a five-page document he provided to reporters, which he said was used in the schools prior to Allen’s complaints.
“There is no place for racial harassment or bullying within our schools. We educate students and staff in an effort to prevent it from occurring,” he said in a statement. He said he had not seen the complaint.
Newman said the Lebanon district could possibly avoid a federal civil rights lawsuit by taking additional steps. He pointed to a symposium scheduled this weekend in the Colerain schools north of Cincinnati in response to a similar case.
“Race is an issue at both schools. Racial disharmony is at both schools,” he said.
Walter Scott, an unarmed black man, was shot eight times in the back while running away from Michael Slager, a white police officer. Slager was arrested and charged with murder. Article after article and news report after news report focus on the act of one white officer urging us all think that justice this time may get served.
Just weeks ago Four Florida police officers were found to be exchanging texts and videos with KKK hoods and talking about “killing n*****s.” One texted, “I had a wet dream that you two found those n*****s in the VW and gave them the death penalty right there on the spot,” one wrote. Another wrote, “We are coming and drinking all your beer and killing n*****s.” These and more were uncovered during a five-month investigation. The result: three officers were fired, one resigned.
As much as it serves justice that these officers were held to some level of responsibility, let us not turn a blind eye to the fact that many officers know of their peers’ bigotry and do nothing about it. The problem is the particular offending officers AND the problem is systemic. It is akin to the unfolding of the sexual abuses discovered within the Catholic Church — there were offending clergy as well a system complicit in keeping these attitudes and behaviors in the shadows, protecting the perpetrators, ensuring further victimization.
Racism in America: Americans’ Complicity, Denial and Naiveté
American psychology, by which I mean the way Americans think about themselves and our collective social dilemmas, is painfully naïve. We are like children looking for the bogeyman or watching a movie where the ‘good guys’ get the ‘bad guys,’ returning all to a sense of safety.
Regarding race, and many other of our deepest and most intractable problems (e.g., addiction, depression, and domestic violence), getting the bad guys, identifying and eliminating a few bad apples, is wholly insufficient. The truth is that we are the system — we are all complicit and we all carry a certain responsibility for America’s original sin: racism.
Don’t get me wrong, there are bad guys, but it is also our psychological naiveté, our cultural blinders, that allows this kind of infection to grow unchecked; it is our collective complicity that is most problematic. Our denial of racism in America is a form of racism in and of itself.
Hundreds of mourners gathered Saturday for the funeral of Walter Scott, the black man whose killing by a white police officer was captured on video, instantly catapulting a once anonymous forklift operator and father of four into the nation’s debate about excessive use of force by the police.
According to The New York Times, the pastor at WORD Ministries Christian Center, where Walter Scott worshiped, minced no words, telling the standing-room-only crowd that Mr. Scott had died because he was black. The pastor, the Rev. George D. Hamilton, stressed that most law enforcement officers serve honorably, but he urged the members of South Carolina’s congressional delegation who attended the funeral to take up the issue of police killings in Washington so that African-Americans “don’t have to be scared every time they get pulled over.”
“There is no doubt in my mind,” Mr. Hamilton said. “I feel Walter’s death was motivated by racial prejudice.”
Walter Scott, 50, died on April 4 after Michael T. Slager, a North Charleston police officer with five years’ experience, pulled him over because of a broken taillight. When the officer went to his patrol car, presumably to run the driver’s name through his computer and process a traffic citation, Mr. Scott left his vehicle and started running, a police dashboard video showed.
Another video, taken seconds later by a bystander, shows a brief encounter between the two men, and then Mr. Scott trying to get away. The officer, 33, fired eight times at Mr. Scott as he fled, hitting him in the back. The bystander’s video showed Mr. Slager later dropping something alongside Mr. Scott’s body, and many viewers have speculated that the object was the officer’s Taser gun. The police initially said Mr. Slager had told investigators that he chased down Mr. Scott on foot and then feared for his safety after the man tried to seize the Taser gun.
Mr. Hamilton said that the killing of Walter Scott was an act of hatred, born of racism.
“This hate could not be because this person knew Walter. The hate was because Walter was African-American,” Mr. Hamilton said. “No one just empties a clip into a man’s back.”
He called Mr. Slager “a disgrace to the North Charleston Police Department” and an embarrassment to other officers.
“We will not indict the entire law enforcement community for the act of an individual racist,” Mr. Hamilton said. “Honest cops live to serve with distinction. We thank God for them. This particular cop was a racist.”
On Tuesday, the same day the bystander’s video became public, Mr. Slager was arrested on a charge of murder; the next day, city officials announced that he had been fired. He was being held at Charleston County’s jail on Saturday without bond.
“I can’t fathom that Michael would ever do anything to hurt anybody purposely,” the officer’s mother, Karen Sharpe, said in an interview Friday. “He enjoyed his job. He liked being a police officer.”
The pastor’s remarks were in sharp contrast to the atmosphere of calm and forgiveness set by Mr. Scott’s family over the past few days. Mr. Scott’s younger brother said his sibling’s death would serve a purpose.
“My brother’s death was the catalyst for change in America,” Rodney Scott said.
Mr. Scott’s parents, Walter and Judy, did not speak to reporters on Saturday, but a lawyer for the family, L. Chris Stewart, said they believed Mr. Scott’s legacy was already secure.
“Their son is going to be remembered for changing the way that we look at each other,” Mr. Stewart said. “Because next time something does happen to an individual, be he African-American, you will now think maybe there is another side to the story, maybe the police report needs to be looked into. And if that’s what Walter Scott died to prove, then I can tell you the family is just fine with that, because his legacy is going to live on.”
The Swedish government announced on Wednesday that they are going to allocate 13 million kronor a year from 2016-19 in their spring budget to fight Roma racism. Sweden wants to educate so-called “bridge builders”, who will work to increase knowledge of Roma culture and language in education and social care sectors.
“The way in which we have treated people with their roots in Roma culture and background is a very dark chapter of the story of our country and our development,” wrote Sweden’s Culture and Democracy Minister Alice Bah Kuhnke in an opinion piece for newspaper Metro.
“Much work remains to be done, but Sweden should be a country where everybody is treated equally,” she added.
Emir Selimi, founder and chairman of the organization for young Roma people in Sweden (‘Unga Romer’), echoed the minister’s words, but said the focus was wrong.
“All investment is good, but at the same time I want to change what’s being focused on. Inclusion and integration is not just for Roma people, but for society towards the Roma. It’s not illegal to be a member of the Roma community, but it is illegal to discriminate,” he told The Local.
Sweden has been hit by a wave of hate crimes against minorities in recent years. The Local reported in March that human rights organization Civil Rights Defenders has sued the Swedish state over an illegal police register of Roma people in 2013. The list, which was compiled by the regional Skåne police in southern Sweden, included some 4,700 people, some of whom were children.
The government’s new investment forms part of an overarching strategy for Roma inclusion initiated by the previous centre-right government in February 2012. The goal is that a Roma person who turns 20 in 2032 should enjoy the same opportunities as a non-Roma.
Although a lot of current domestic debate is centred around poorer Roma people travelling to Sweden from Eastern Europe, the ethnic minority has in fact lived and worked in the Nordic country for centuries.
And Selimi said that it is time for society to step up now, not in two decades.
Roma racism in history
“Historically, Roma people have lived in Europe for seven to eight hundred years. If people who emigrated to Australia just two hundred years ago can call themselves Australians, why can’t we call ourselves Europeans? How much do you need to invest to replace all of that which has been taken from the Roma community?”
Around 50,000 Roma people live in Sweden. And ahead of International Roma Day on Wednesday, EU commissioners called for the member states to address the problem of discrimination.
“The Roma community, Europe’s largest ethnic minority with around 6 million people living in the EU, still face exclusion, inequality and discrimination. (…) The marginalization and exclusion of Europe’s Roma needs to be addressed head-on,” said First Vice-President Frans Timmermans and commissioners Marianne Thyssen, Vera Jourová and Corina Cretu in a joint statement.
But Selimi argued the EU needs to do more to ensure any funding is allocated to where it is needed.
“A lot is already being done, but the EU needs to have greater control of where the money goes. There’s still a long way to go. But one of the things I want to emphasize, which my organization works a lot for, is the need to create a wider context to combat the incredible lack of knowledge of Roma culture. In the end, when you get to know a person you understand that they’re much the same as everyone else.”
Two white faculty members at Alabama State University have filed a lawsuit against the school in which they claim that ASU discriminates against whites in its hiring and admissions processes, USA Today reports.
Steven B. Chesbro, reportedly the only white dean at Alabama State, and his partner, John Garland, a faculty member, also took issue with how the school allegedly implemented regulations against same-sex couples, according to USA Today.
Chesbro and Garland claim that the school retaliated against them for speaking up about the university’s alleged use of race to decide which students are admitted to the school and which faculty members are hired.
Wayne Sabel, an attorney who is representing Chesbro and Garland, described some of the statements that were allegedly made to his clients about which faculty members should be brought on board to teach African-American students. “You look at some of the statements they have made that are in the complaint, and they are saying things like, ‘Only black professors should teach black students,’ ” Sabel said.
Sabel even suggested that his clients were physically threatened when they voiced their concerns about these issues. “They have told Dr. Chesbro that his hands are tied in the face of gross insubordination, and even threats of physical harm,” Sabel said.
Sabel also claimed that Chesbro and Garland are being forced out of their positions for taking a stand against the alleged discrimination: “There is clearly a campaign not only to force Dr. Chesbro and Dr. Garland out, but to force out a number of other longtime white faculty.”
ASU’s administration denies the allegations and says that discussions about Chesbro’s and Garland’s employment had nothing to do with race or sexual orientation. “They deny that anything related to [Chesbro’s and Garland’s] employment arose because of anything racial or anything related to their sexual orientation,” said Bobby Segall, an attorney representing ASU.
Among Chesbro’s and Garland’s claims are that there are at least six Equal Employment Opportunity Commission charges pending against the university; preference was given to black female professors during a hunt for a new faculty member; preference was given to African-American doctoral candidates in the school’s physical therapy program; and black students were admitted to the physical therapy program at a higher rate than white students, even though there were more white students who satisfied the GPA requirements for admission. They also claim that rules preventing couples from working together in the same department applied only to same-sex couples.
Anti-Racism Causes Racism
It can be argued that zealous and fanatical anti-racism is doing more than almost anything else to contribute to racism in the United Kingdom and United States. To put that in very basic terms, one of the biggest contributors to racism today may very well be anti-racism policies and statements.
Almost every single day someone or other is put before an anti-racist inquisition or a new — even stricter — law is decreed to fight racism.
Anti-racism has now become another revolution that’s eating its own children.
What we have with much of today’s anti-racism is the same kind of absurdity and extremity which often happened during various historical inquisitions. More specifically, anti-racism is just like the many other political movements that, in time, became corrupted.
Many anti-racists also feel the need to justify their existence and legitimacy by becoming more and more pure (i.e. extreme). And, as a consequence, they will also need to find new targets — more evil racists — to reprimand or even punish.
What partly contributes to all this is that a minority of Leftist activists (though often highly-influential people in the law, councils, academia, etc.) are attempting to create a “revolutionary situation” by deliberately making anti-racism policies and actions more extreme. Thus, in the process, these Leftists — along with their words and actions — are alienating people who aren’t otherwise racist. Such Leftists think that the violence, turmoil or even civil conflict that their words and policies create may be utilized to benefit their own primary cause: revolutionary socialism or the “progressive future”. Thus they see what they’re doing as tapping into anti-racism’s revolutionary/radical potential. (These very same Leftists also — to use their own words — “tap into the
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