So this 18-year-old Florida high school student invites his girlfriend to the prom with a sign that actually is pretty racist and seriously stupid.
Naturally, the full force of school authority lept into action with robocalls of assurances that counseling would be available and disciplinary actions, while the local NAACP wants to go into the school to teach the right way to think about race relations.
The large sign the Riverview High School student was holding in the picture said: “If I was black, I’d be picking cotton, but I’m white, so I’m picking u 4 prom.” So yes, unlike what may have been a manufactured racism incident with the two black guys at the Philadelphia Starbucks, this is obviously a racist sign.
Interestingly, the boy’s girlfriend seemed to like the proposal as she gave it a pair of heart-eyed emojis on her Snapchat account. So two racist kids, or two dumb kids, or maybe two kids whose amygdala’s were running way ahead of their pre-frontal cortex’s. (Translation: their emotions ran away from their good sense.)
The proper response would seem to be that some wiser people in the boy’s and girl’s lives talk to them and explain how that really is offensive to black people and a lot of others, and it was just wrong. Explain to them that cotton-picking is a direct reference to the days of slavery and post-slavery South and saying that if he was black he would be doing that now suggests blacks remain enslaved.
But of course that is not the era in which we live. The entire high school structure lept into action to protect delicate feelings of the other students. Government had to step in and correct wrong thinking and speaking — even though it did not happen on school property. The local NAACP wants to go into the school with corrective teaching and urged the district to take a day like Starbucks did recently to ensure people think about race relations properly.
A robocall was sent to Riverview parents first thing Monday morning, alerting them to the traumatizing sign and letting parents and students know that guidance counselors and administrators were available to help students deal with the ordeal.
The robocall by Riverview acting principal Kathy Wilks assured parents that the post “was racial in nature and the administration became aware of it last night…”Many who saw the post are understandably upset with its contents as well as the subsequent commentary to the post. Riverview High School absolutely does not condone or support the message conveyed in this post.”
Because there was some confusion on that point?
The robocall went on: “We are focused on ensuring that Riverview High School provides a safe and secure environment for all of our students and that all students feel welcome and understand the value that they all bring to our school community. Our guidance counselors and administrators are available for any student who wishes to speak to someone regarding the issue. Riverview High School has a wonderful student population and we know our school will use this incident as an opportunity to have productive conversations about respect for one another.”
This mobilization of a large high school’s resources because a kid said something racist to his girlfriend would seem like an overreaction, but it is what we’ve come to expect — particularly in the era of social media.
But there is more.
School district spokeswoman Tracey Beeker said the school district is talking with local and national civic organizations to determine the best opportunities for “creating a conversation about racial relations.”
Because we have not been having a conversation? The district released a full statement on the sign.
“Although this message is one student’s opinion, we take the matter of racial relations and school safety seriously, and we look forward to working with our students and these outside groups to have a meaningful and informative dialogue and expanded curriculum related to this important national topic,” the statement reads.
Further, Remember that the American left must ensure there is at least the appearance that America is deeply racist because that is part of their manipulative power structure to ensure division and the shockingly high percentage of black Americans voting Democrat.
This point was inadvertently made clear by one of the school’s gun control activists that emerged after Parkland.
The student activist told the Sarasota Herald-Tribune that everyone he had talked to at school was “disgusted” with the sign. Reasonable enough. But then this:
“But I think it is actually important that this issue occurred on some level…It shows that racism is still alive and well in our society, and it shows that racism is still alive in my generation and it is something that we as the youth will have to continue to fight against.”
See, it’s important to ensure racial division remains at the forefront. It’s doubtful that this student is thinking this way. He’s simply a young guy replying to the situation with what he has imbibed. His motives do not need to be questioned so much as those who have been training generations now to think and act in this nationally destructive way.
Rod Thomson is an author, TV talking head and former journalist, and is Founder of The Revolutionary Act. Rod is co-host of Right Talk America With Julio and Rod on the Salem Radio Network.
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