Today, the Journal Star Editorial Board stopped just short of calling statements made by a local attorney what they are – race baiting. When you know the facts to be this:
… but you have a respected member of the community making statements like this:
... this, my people is race baiting.
I am personally offended by the comment and in my opinion, the teacher's attorney owes the black community and the Peoria community as a whole an apology. To date, the story in which the statement was made has garnered a voluminous number of online responses - more than any story in Journal Star memory. Disappointing.
Reverse discrimination does happen, however, it is unfortunate that the teachers who are alleging racial discrimination against District 150 are only suing for a monetary remedy, rather than the hope for change and better understanding within District 150.
As I read through comments from teachers and their supporters on local blogs, it is evident to me teachers and administrators within District 150 are in grave need of racial sensitivity training. This demand for training should have been a part of their lawsuit.
There appears to be some misunderstanding by teachers about exactly what “black culture” is. Black culture is not a bunch of angry, disrespectful kids with their pants hanging down – that is “hip hop culture”. Look around, the “hip hop culture” is embraced by youth black, white and otherwise. It is not particular to black children.
Black culture is a culture that is rich in history, family, philanthropy, the arts and citizenship. (See the Obama's, the Heritage Ensemble, Preston Jackson, EmergePeoria, Annie Jo Gordon) Apparently, the local teachers union has become confused about the pride many of us still take in our culture, because they are attempting to make a mockery of it on a regular basis. Look at the lawsuit, what are the teachers complaining about? Be they right or wrong, they are issues that are based around culture.
In my opinion, it is black parents who should be suing District 150 for their massive failure to educate our children. Can we get an attorney in Peoria to take that case?