Parkway Central students stage walkout over racist graffiti
By - stlouiswolves
I kind of thought all schools would have anti racist policy on the books or at least have it in their handbook as unacceptable.
If not it seems like a logical addition.
I dont see how you could keep a random asshole from writing ignorant stuff in the bathroom however. When I was a kid they couldnt keep people from smearing poop on the walls.
So in the article it appears there are teachers that contribute to the atmosphere of racism.
"one tenth grade student recounted her first day in the district, as a first-grader, in which she said she was told she was “pretty for a Black girl” by her first-grade teacher. A Mexican student talked about being called slurs by his classmates, something his older brother, who attended school in the district years prior, had experienced too. A Muslim girl spoke about being called a terrorist, and about a P.E. teacher who failed hijabi students for refusing to remove their head coverings in order to swim. "
This makes me so sad, but not surprised. This is the kind of racism that is everywhere in that part of town; white and male are "default" and everybody else must try (and fail) to emulate that or be "othered" and/or disciplined in some way, or at the very least be repeatedly patronized in some small way.
And that PE teacher should be fired.
I hope the kids do get their student union and the district comes in with some effective policy before those nuts from Rockwood come in and are as intractable. There's already a pretty active online presence and they've been at school board meetings, too.
Gee. You would think that they would have schools that follow a certain faith so they could practice their religion as they see fit.
I hope you aren’t talking about the Muslim students. This is the one thing we have, for the most part, gotten right as an ideal in the US: free, pluralistic education for all citizens.
I don’t care what practices get in the way, you either adapt to the student or exempt them from the grade. It’s insane to behave otherwise.
What I'm trying to point out is that if one wants to practice their religion in public school that is different from others then one should not expect others to bend to their will and if they wish to practice their own religion they should have their own schools for their benefit. The Catholics and others have been doing that for centuries.
How is wearing a hijab forcing anyone else to bend to their will?
I think you have it backwards. Forcing them to violate their religious principals when they're not harming anyone else is trying to bend them to your will.
You sound incredibly unintelligent and ignorant. You’re literally saying “well segregate if you don’t like it.” Like…how are you so bigoted?
So you're attempting to sound smart by calling me names and ignore all the parochial schools around the country for hundreds of years? I get it. It's reddit!
Yes, parochial schools exist. They are elective. To dictate a mandatory “MUSLIMS NOT ALLOWED TO BE MUSLIM IN PUBLIC SCHOOL” would be hardcore anti-American.
Religious freedom is a first amendment right. The girls are willing to swim with head coverings and there are ones specifically designed for swimming. Nothing is stopping them from following their religion except the teacher. Teachers can’t stop students from praying before their meals, or force them to eat meat against their religion, this is no different. The girls aren’t forcing others to cover, they’re not imposing anything
Also I’m Catholic and went to Catholic schools through 8th grade. No major difference between religious and private except we went to Mass weekly and had a few holy days off that the public school didn’t (which the church also provided early and late services for those who couldn’t attend during school hours)
I makes sense...especially since this seems to happen every other year from the previous stories that I looked up.
I go to the Parkway Central *Middle* school, which is located right next to the high school. Basically what happened, as you already know, racist slurs and hate speech was put on the bathroom walls. Then the whole school, teacher included, had a big walk out basically protesting the racism. From the middle school I could see thousands of high schoolers and teachers, and many middle schoolers wanted to (and did) join them, but the middle schoolers weren't allowed over there. Then teachers basically blocked all the exits in the middle school so we couldn't sneak out to the protests. Crazy day.
My daughter goes to the middle school too! And texted me about it as it was happening.
I think the point of the protest, or demonstration might be a better word, was to speak out against racism and how they don't want it in their school.
I suspect to send a message to whomever was responsible for the grafiti that that kind of behavior won't be tolerated there.
Racism is everywhere. It is mostly kept behind closed doors and in private conversations today. But it is pervasive and rampant.
Agreed but that does not make it okay. These people that hide behind the right to free speech are bottom feeding pieces of shit. It cannot be considered "free speech" if it terrorizes, threatens, and/or impedes another human beings rights. With freedom of speech there needs to be personal responsibility for one's actions. Racism must be legislated out of our communities at every level and not tolerated in any form.
I disagree entirely with all proponents and components of racism, it's irrational, illogical, and an insult to my intelligence, but I just as much disagree everything you propose with regard to legislating an individual's right to be racist and use their words or text to "speak" their opinions, no matter how vile I might find them to be. I could say someone who calls me a name is terrorizing me, that's my feeling, but F off if anyone wants to legislate how words make me feel, Christ, that's just as ridiculously simple as the person with the vile words!
I feel like there is a generation of people who don't understand how great our Constitutions and the rights that it serves to protect truly is. One person's insult is another person's ideology, and we can already see how slippery that slope is when we ignore this, ignore the natural born rights protected by the First Amendment, ignore the tyranny of the majority or those in power (just look at how deep we've delved into censorship these days!) is truly harmful to a free society, one where diversity of ideas is incredibly important and things like "safe spaces" and groupthink are incredibly harmful. Hell, you can't even freely say what I've just said on most college campuses these days without being called a Nazi or some other misapplied derogatory term, which is fascinating because college used to be where one went for Socratic discussions that would challenge your beliefs, no more, now it's a factory that pumps out like-minded people who are incapable of objective thought, hell, objectivity has now been termed "white privilege," LOL! Not in my house though, my kids won't be so willfully ignorant, so there's hope anyway.
Honestly I cannot agree, our constitution and "bill of rights" were founded on and cemented in the ideas of racism, slavery, and indentured servitude. It was not until the 15th amendment that every male could vote and even that was quickly nixed for people of color. For the first one hundred years as a nation you had to be part of the wealthy, white, land owning aristocracy to be able to vote. I know my history well. It's people that blindly arguing upholding our constitution and its saddening bill of rights (rights that don't even include the right to water, housing, Healthcare, to not be harrased because of your skin color, and a plethora of others) that are wrong. Our nation has to be built on change in the direction of what is right for all of its people not just some. The only reason that every citizen can vote is because of a war that should of never happened to begin with. It took slaughtering ourselves to end slavery and then we still didn't get that all people are the same no matter their skin color. That still hasn't happened. Racism is not free speech, free thought or whatever term you give yourself in pardon of those thoughts. It's hate for no reason other than to hate.
You can't even accept white privilege. It's not a theory it is fact. I've seen it working with individuals who have my same skill set and experience yet they are paid less because their skin is darker. I've been in a vehicle with a good friend who was harassed by police because of the color of his skin. We were on the side of the road for two hours and repeatedly asked, "where is his green card?". He was born in Colorado as were his parents. White privilege is not objectivity, it's simply people and organizations treating white people better than people of color for no other reason than racism. It exists and if you teach your children otherwise you're lying to them.
Have they reported if it was a white or a black student that was guilty of this racist vandalism?
Thanks for the update!
It blows my mind the messed up shit my wife tells me about the leadership at her school district, so this doesn't surprise me. Maybe if teachers weren't paid like crap and treated better by parents and administration then they could raise professional expectations and make it a desirable profession for more qualified people. Not saying there aren't amazing teachers out there, I certainly know that's true, but there's far too many awful ones that do a disservice to children and allowed to continue working.
I don't know what district your wife lives in, but I live within the Parkway boundaries, and I can certainly tell you the district is not underfunded.
Is there anything stopping them from creating the black student union? It sounds like the school was saying “yeah go ahead that’s a great idea” and their reply was “no you do it!”
….do they want the school to pick the leadership or what? Why don’t they just form it?
I was under the impression they are talking a physical building/space, not just the organization.
…what? That doesn’t make any sense. Do you think the room would have particular requirements that a room the school already had couldn’t fill??
I mean a physically space exclusively for the use of the BSU, not shared with any other groups or for any other purpose.
I think that it a ridiculous ask. There are tons of student groups that make out just fine without needing their own building.
$100 says 99% of these kids only participated to get out of class
I have to wonder if someone who has a sort of general bias about high school students is the same type of person who is generally comfortable painting with a really wide brush and might have generalized biases about other groups. Say, black people, for example?
Don't worry, I'm sure they'll build a new, whiter suburb for you even further to the west. Just remember eventually you're going to hit KC, and I'm pretty sure they have black people there too.
Nah, it’s because most of us were HS students in this area and know the indifference that comes with these sort of things for the majority of the student body
So, what exactly would be your argument anyway? That some of the crowd actually isn't that invested, which probably isn't incorrect, and that because of that the whole thing is irrelevant and unimportant? That the school should just not care about aggressive racism on campus? That it's okay for you to not give a shit and give tacit approval to racism because some of that crowd didn't care? That seems pretty fucked up actually.
People are always gonna right dumb shit on bathroom stalls, especially teenagers. Do you think these students walking out of class is going to change that?
First of all, it's "write" not "right". As in "I'm going to write all about why taking a defeatist attitude when it comes to racism is basically something that makes me assume there's a really good chance that you're sympathetic towards those attitudes." And as in "When it comes to that point, there's a good chance I'm right.", meaning correct. Also sometimes "I'm about to make a hard right turn."
Now, for the actual question; do I think large masses of people openly expressing that racism is wrong and should be fought against is effective at curbing racist ideas and behaviors? Well, actually yes. Yes I absolutely do think that is the case. Frankly it seems completely obvious.
You’ll have to forgive me, as I don’t invest too much energy in proofreading replies to twats on reddit. Have a nice day
Don't worry, I didn't expect much from someone who holds those kinds of ideas anyway.
Wow. What a racist you are!
This whole thing is children being children. Adults letting children control things. And then they let these same children have the right to vote when turn 18.
>they let these same children have the right to vote when turn 18.
Uhhhhh yeah they do, do you think they shouldn't?
I know they do. That's what I said. No, 18-year olds don't have the life experience and maturity to make important decisions still.
How do you feel about enlistment age?
or age of consent.
When do you think people should be allowed to vote?
I mean build a time machine dude. It wasn't so, so long ago that only white male land owners had the right to vote, and I gather that's what you're after. Time isn't going to run backwards on its own for you any time soon.
And somehow that applies to anything this topic is about? Oh. I forgot. This is reddit and being on topic is not required.
And your comment about 18 year olds not having the life experience to vote was?
Regardless of being on topic or not, I find your opinion to be particularly offensive. Nobody has ever stripped rights from a person without it being directly tied to furthering their goals, they just make up a plausible excuse for doing so. That's exactly what you did, which is as fucking low and subversive as it gets.
Yeah, 18 year olds are inexperienced. They are stupid, they make terrible decisions. They're just starting to figure out the world, but they deserve the right to vote.
If we are going to take away the right to vote based on someone being a jack ass, I would like to personally nominate you to be the first to go.
Oh. That's right. I forgot. Everybody on reddit is offended by everything. And 18-year olds are the model of maturity since.....uh....never....
But this is reddit. The bastion of social justice. The fighters for anything the opposite of normal. The exemplar of the best of the internet where "everybody gets a voice" but the worst of the internet cause "*everybody* gets a voice".
>18 year olds are inexperienced. They are stupid, they make terrible decisions. They're just starting to figure out the world, but they deserve the right to vote.
And no better example than that comment. "They're the worst but give them the right to choose how we should all be governed!"
I'll bet you graduated from high school and everything!
If you want to bitch about Reddit you're welcome to. I don't always appreciate it myself.
But when it comes to picking and choosing who has the right to vote, hard fucking pass. To suggest otherwise is to dive back into the world of poll tests and other such systems which only ever existed to suppress the turn out of targeted populations because they "were not intelligent enough to make an informed decision."
So, no, I'm absolutely not going to say sure, set your uncle up to do the poll test and whenever a black person comes in you can deny them the right to vote because they don't know the name of the current Minister of Finance for Belize, and are therefore not well informed enough to participate.
I don't understand the purpose of the protest. There are already policies in place for harassment, profanity, vandalism, threats of violence, etc.
What the students want? Some type of draconian zero tolerance policy for whatever is interpreted as a racist comment?
I see their protest walkout as an excuse for a day off. The perpetrator came from the student body, not the admins. The students are protesting bad behavior by one of their own. Guess who also got the day off? The perpetrator!
What kind of Facebook Karen comment is this?
Calm down Karen.
Somebody didn't bother to read the article before commenting.
I run the tracks at central and north on a regular basis....
There are cameras *everywhere,* including cameras at the entrances/exits of every single restroom. On top of that, any outside restrooms are all locked after hours (which is real fun when you are on campus after hours and need to go to the bathroom); this either happened inside the buildings (which means another gauntlet of cameras) or during school hours.
There is no way the schools do not already know exactly who did this.
Uh oh bathroom graffiti. Call the ACLU
Only after you scooter away.
go crawl back the thedonald