Ladies and gentlemen, the kids are not alright. In fact, they’re baby racists perpetuating hateful ideologies and getting away with it.
Over the past few days, there have been a couple of incidents where White students decided to publicly express their disdain for Black and Jewish people.
One was the Alabama high school students who posted a video on social media saying they “just need niggers gone” and other horrible things.
Via https://t.co/uC4aflMt3t: A video showing Alabama high school students drinking and using racist slurs at an off-campus gathering surfaced on social media over the weekend.
— KnowYourRightsCamp (@yourrightscamp) March 7, 2019
The other incident was the students in California who engaged in underaged drinking, used their Solo cups to make swastikas and took pictures hailing Hitler.
Viral photos of a group of teenagers crowded around a swastika made of red plastic cups are shaking predominantly white and affluent communities across Orange County, Calif., where some of the teens attend high school.https://t.co/agAHvMaSYU
— NPR (@NPR) March 5, 2019
I’m not at all surprised about this B.S.—these kids are learning how to be bigots from social media, their peers and their parents. And these days, I’m just not shocked when racist White people do racist stuff.
Frankly, I think there are other things to be infuriated by. Like, how these students feel emboldened to freely post racist videos and pictures on social media and the slap on the wrist they receive as “punishment.”
But most importantly, I’m concerned about the mental and physical well-being of Black, Latinx, Jewish and LGBTQ students who go to school with these kids. How are they supposed to carry on and be productive in spaces with people who clearly harbor hate towards them?
I mean, these kids have gone to sports games and been heckled with racist and homophobic taunts.
Florida sixth-grader charged with misdemeanor after refusing to recite Pledge of Allegiance https://t.co/8ObYA6xfT0
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) February 17, 2019
And if we want to throw in threats of violence and hate crimes, a White student in New York was caught on Snapchat talking about how he wanted to lynch Black people while in another racially charged bullying incident a student in California assaulted his classmate in .
Neither of these students were charged. In fact, the student who assaulted his classmate was merely transferred to another classroom away from his victim.
But this Black student in Oklahoma who knocked a MAGA hat off of another student’s head is facing criminal charges and people are calling that a hate crime. Another one bites the school-to-prison pipeline dust.
— 🇺🇸California Condor🇺🇸 (@Condor_Law) February 26, 2019
Meanwhile, to address the situations in Alabama and California, the police are holding their usual investigations and the students at Spain Park and Newport Harbor High Schools had to attend assemblies to discuss the racist videos and anti-semitism. Whoop-de-do.
Newport High students address crowd: “This is really just not who we are.” But some also described culturally insensitive atmosphere. One boy described seeing graffiti: “I pee next to swastikas in the bathroom.” pic.twitter.com/akLByFTGCV
— Leslie Berestein Rojas (@Multi_American) March 5, 2019
Look, I’m not condoning any forms of violence or aggression but I understand students feeling angst or the need to defend themselves when faced with physical, verbal or symbolic racism. And with a rise in hate crimes in schools, we can probably expect things to get worse before they get better.
I honestly don’t know what the remedy will be but I cannot stress enough how much I don’t want your apologies for being racist or raising racist kids.
white alabama high school students going through another racist scandal and posting “apologies” from their notes app. pic.twitter.com/J6QcMLb7He
— hannah (@hannahdaffin) March 4, 2019
I’m not interested in hearing politicians condemn racist acts when they have the power to impact education policy linked to diversity, inclusion and cultural competency.
I am heartsick and disgusted seeing kids in our community engage in anti-Semitism. I find the casualness of their bigotry and hate particularly disturbing. This is not normal and we can’t turn a blind eye. We must do a better job educating our kids. https://t.co/qz3zKhUfbu
— Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris (@AsmCottie) March 4, 2019
And I’m definitely not interested in hearing people making excuses for lopsided disciplinary practices when it’s a well-known fact that White students have it easier when it comes to discipline.
So here’s what y’all can do. Try your best to raise your kids to be decent human beings by breaking generational cycles of prejudice and racism.
Make schools the safe spaces they were intended to be. Mandate more culturally diverse and rich curricula, thoughtful conflict resolution and develop community partnerships to compensate for where they fall short in resources and professional development.
Insist that White students who display signs of aggression and racism face the same punishments that Black kids face and not just the threat of these acts following them for the rest of their lives.
I hope these kids are happy now that their faces have gone viral with hails, a giant swastika, and underage drinking. This follows them FOREVER https://t.co/KR8SinNZPl
— Nikki Bamdad (@nikkibamdad) March 3, 2019
And when students tell you they’re the targets of some kind of harassment, believe them and nip the issues in the bud.
Parents need to fix this. Schools need to fix this, policy needs to fix this, America needs to fix this!
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