Opening Schools Is Now A Racist Construct
Opening Schools Is Now A Racist Construct
We’ve heard a lot of protests from teachers over the past year with regard to opening schools for in-person learning. The latest, comes from a board member of San Diego County School District.
Teachers and unions have run the gamut on forms of protest on the topic of opening schools. From mass-gatherings they are seemingly afraid of in-classroom (but not on the streets), to randomly yelling at and cussing out individuals protesting to open schools, using coffins as props, to car parades. Hell, they even broke out in interpretive dance!
In the midst of all of this, teachers, union members and board members have gone as far away from the classroom as they could. Opening schools to some, interrupted the groove of a mid-winter’s island getaway.
In comes Chardá Bell-Fontenot, Vice President of La Mesa Spring Valley Schools with this charge: 80% of the families who are in favor of opening schools for full-time, in-person learning had “white supremacy ideology”. The video is still on Facebook.
We can’t just say that kids can go back in the classroom, and there’s no vaccinated teachers willing to do that. How are we forcing people — that seems like a very white supremacist ideology to force people to comply with …You are thinking about one type of family when you are speaking right now. Privilege. Check it, you guys!”-Chardá Bell-Fontenot
Check it? First off, let’s look at the demographics for this school district: 50% Hispanic, 28% white, and 9% black. Who is Bell-Fontenot fighting for, here? The teachers and the union (some of whom I am guessing, are white) or the 50% Hispanic population? Opening is oppressive? When challenged as to where she got this data, Bell-Fontenot replied:
I don’t want to be a part of forcing anybody to do anything they don’t want to do. That’s what slavery is, and I’m not going to be a part of it.”-Chardá Bell-Fontenot
So now, school board members could fish for a number, any number, and use it as an argument in the opening schools debacle we face here in this country? Hmmm. Let’s see, what is a good percentage of people who think this is indicative of white supremacy? Let’s go for 80 percent! 50% Hispanic, 28% White and 9% Black equals 78% non-Black population. Close enough. Round up. Chardá can math. I’m hearing that’s a privileged construct these days as well.
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According to this, everyone in the meeting did not respond to Bell-Fontenot’s claim that opening schools was a construct of white supremacy. But Minerva Martinez Scott, of Hispanic origin, fired back:
You keep throwing out the racism, but I am Hispanic, and we have four adopted children, and we look like the U.N. So, when you throw out racism, I don’t understand that part. My child has also been affected by not being in school. My kid is in a facility because he had a hard time not being in school. I was able to find resources to get him the help needed. I want all the kids back in school.”-Minerva Martinez Scott
Some of us are going on the one-year mark of online learning for our kids. While some students have thrived, other students have been impacted severely. Bell-Fontenot ignores this. And this. And, check it, this:
I immediately thought about the educational inequities that are likely being exacerbated by COVID-19, particularly for students whose parents or guardians may not be able to afford extra school supplies. For example, under normal circumstances, going to Staples may not be a financial constraint; however, in the context of COVID-19, where nearly 300,000 Americans and counting are filing for unemployment benefits, affordability of supplies may not be as feasible due to parents being out of work; and the logistics of going to stores while safely practicing social distancing poses challenges.”-Michelle Burris, The Century Foundation
But opening schools and forcing teachers to come to work is a construct of forced slavery and white supremacy? Unions are there to protect the teachers from being overworked and underpaid but throughout this time, teachers have held on to their salaries, they retain their benefits and retirement. Teachers have been gainfully employed. School districts and the many other factions of support staff have also worked extra hard at accommodating and adapting to a new way of learning for these students. From furnishing students with computers, to WiFi hotspots, to making sure all equipment is in order for when teachers do arrive back in the classroom. Applications staff have also had to revamp grading platforms and other educational applications. Office staff have fielded phone calls, from homework questions to doubling as tech support for students and families. Health staff and COVID coordinators have worked diligently at contact-tracing and health attestations of the individuals still required to be in-buildings. Custodial staff have gone over schools with a fine-tooth comb, disinfecting. Food service staff have worked at providing meals to disadvantaged families (some students whose ONLY meal is school lunch). Substitute staffing coordinators have scrambled to find individuals willing to come into a building and teach when those who were unwilling went to protest or to the Caribbean. All of these individuals who came into work daily after pandemic lockdowns have started had a choice and they chose to take proper precautions and come to work.
So, opening schools is now racist. I’m not buying what Bell-Fontenot is selling. I’m for equality across the board and all school district employees doing an equal part to help our marginalized kids and taxpayer families. Enough excuses. Open the schools already.
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