You may or may not have heard (it was not exactly widely reported in the MSM) that white 13-year-old Allen Coon in Kansas City was recently set on fire by two older black boys who followed him home from school. Though it takes a virtual Sherlock Holmes to piece together the information from choppy, reticent, and downright misleading local news accounts, it appears that the attackers said, "You get what you deserve, white boy" while attempting to immolate him using gasoline and a match. The boy stifled the fire rapidly with his shirt, called 911 himself, and hopefully will not suffer the loss of his eyesight or other permanent injury.
The police have (surprise, surprise) decided not to treat this as a hate crime.
Now further information emerges: Allen's mother reports that Allen was regularly targeted for race-baiting at his school, not only by fellow students but also by a teacher, Carla Kinder, who used racial epithets toward him and encouraged the students to do the same.
Other times, the students would initiate the harassment, and the teachers would pick up the baton.
And Mrs. Coon reports that teacher Karla Dorsey, who is black, dismissed Allen's attempt to answer a question about black history month saying, "What would you know about it? You're not our race."
Nor is this sort of thing being reported by Allen's family alone. Other families of the very few white students in the school report similar incidents.
One day, [teacher Veda] Monday allegedly showed an explicit film involving portrayals of whites lynching blacks and then, reports ex-Texan Wildeisen, "in front of the class attacked my daughters, telling them that 'everybody from Texas is ignorant rednecks'" and that all white people were "responsible for Jasper because [their] skin is white." This reference is to an atrocity in Jasper, TX, in which three white men murdered a black man in 1998.
Another white victim is 15-year-old Ashley Miller, whose family had moved to K.C., MO, from Kansas. Subject to racial harassment, she was called names such as "white b****." She also actually shared a class with Allen Coon, and as the only two white students in the room, they became the target of sexual comments. Moreover, she reports the same experience with race-baiting videos as do the Wildeisens: they would be shown, and an onus would be placed on the white students. Her mother Melissa told me that she now fears for her daughter's safety and, you guessed it, is in the process of withdrawing Ashley from East High. And the rest of the pattern is holding, too: the Millers are contemplating leaving the area.
Talk to the principal? You've got to be kidding. No help there:
Melissa Coon had been complaining to the school's administration about her son's harassment repeatedly -- only to be ignored and stonewalled -- repeatedly. At one point an administrator told her that her son could have a transfer only to another district school but said that Allen would have "more problems there" and that he should stay at more "racially diverse" East High (which has no more than 20 white students). At another, a vice principal Coon identifies as Ms. Jessica Bassett denied, while shaking and rubbing her hands together nervously, ever having heard about Allen's problems even though they had been brought to her attention on at least five occasions.
Now, you may ask, why am I blogging about this story?
Well, first of all, this is news. This is serious stuff, newsworthy in itself, and it's something people need to know about. If something similar happened to a black 13-year-old, no one would ask reporters and bloggers why they were blogging about it, whether we need to think about such terrible things, whether we aren't just making matters worse by talking about them.
Second, every time you hear someone talk with pretentious finger-wagging about "white flight," just tell him the story of Allen Coon. It is extremely important that parents not put their children into this sort of danger. The parents in this story who are taking their children out of East High and attempting to leave the area are absolutely doing the right thing. White flight is not wrong. Parents who deliberately send their children to schools where their physical well-being is endangered by racist students are at best irresponsible and at worst ideologues sacrificing their children on a political altar.
Yet such parents are praised. I still recall listening with probably ill-disguised horror nearly twenty years ago as an acquaintance proudly related the fact that his father had sent his sisters (!) to an all-black school in the 1960's where they got beaten up, because his father thought this was the right thing to do. My acquaintance didn't blanch for a moment. He never said, "But then my father changed his mind." Not at all. His father was a hero to him for sending his daughters to get beaten up as a sign of solidarity with the civil rights movement. That's just wrong.
And on the other side, parents who rightly flee such situations and take their children away safely are demonized as somehow responsible for the breakdown of the cities. Baloney. You aren't responsible to set your child up as some kind of bizarre hostage for the betterment of the cities. Just don't do it. Get out if you can. Don't let your child be another Allen Coon.
Third, the behavior of the teachers and administrators at East High is, to put it mildly, utterly unacceptable and beyond the pale. It is hardly going out on a limb to make a connection between the attempted immolation of Allen and their expressly, gleefully, unabashedly racist attitudes and behavior, in which they openly encouraged other students. They are teaching the black students to hate white people and are labeling white students in class as responsible in virtue of their race for past mistreatment of black people. At this point it almost sounds feeble even to ask what would happen were races reversed but behavior the same.
(Slight digression: Similar evidence that racist teaching is encouraging attacks on whites comes from the case of Shane McClellan, who was beaten for several hours in 2010 by a black attacker and an Asian attacker who, he claimed, "brought up slavery" and said "this is for what your people did to our people" and "the white man has kept us down" during the ordeal. The police, who originally did not arrest the pair even after finding them with the victim's blood literally on their hands, did eventually manage to charge them with a hate crime. I am not linking the story, because the picture of the victim in the hospital after the attack is unnecessarily graphic.)
Now, it would be easy to throw up one's hands. Whatcha' gonna' do? These teachers are obviously racists and the administrators are either racists as well or don't care. How is outrage from outside Kansas City going to change that?
But here I want to ask: Were the situation reversed, would people take such a fatalistic attitude? No, they wouldn't. Carla Kinder, Karla Dorsey, and Veda Monday would all be called on the carpet, some or all of them probably fired. Jessica Bassett and other administrators might lose their jobs as well. I doubt that East High's administrators have no higher authorities. Isn't there some district administrator? What about the Missouri Department of Education? You'd better believe that, if the will were there, there would be people in charge who could hold the racists at East High responsible for their behavior, for its plausible contribution to this unspeakable crime, and for the danger in which it is placing other white students at the school. Heads would roll and programs would be initiated for suppressing such talk, attitudes, and teaching.
Yes, about those programs. Why is it that we conservatives never seem to realize how effective they are? I mean, they have been effective, right? In the other direction, that is. Extremely, exceedingly, overwhelmingly effective. And kids can to some extent be taught. Yes, the task is Herculean, especially since, even if the school were cracking down consistently on anti-white racist talk and behavior, the students would doubtless encourage it among themselves and would doubtless go home to hotbeds of it. Yet we've seen that situation largely reversed among whites, have we not?
So, this is what I say: One reason for publicizing such stories is that they should lead to calls for openly racist black teachers in public schools to be fired, just as openly racist white teachers would be fired. They should lead to calls for public schools to seek out and root out black racist teaching that may well be leading to violence against whites. Where are children learning that being burned to death is what a white boy "deserves"? Partly, I have not the slightest doubt, in public schools. State congresses should issue calls for such actions. Lawmakers need to start talking openly and loudly about programs to combat black racism. State governors should appoint education secretaries to look into the matter and do something about it. Frankly, I don't care if this in the end means that all schools in black areas have to be entirely staffed by non-black teachers and administrators, including security guards with authority to keep order. That shouldn't be necessary, but if that's what it takes to stop this poisonous indoctrination and violence in the schools, that's what it takes. And if white students need to be personally guarded for their safety, then they should be, and if the state of Missouri (or other state) has to pay for extra manpower to protect them, including on their way to and from school, that isn't such a bad thing. Keeping law and order is the proper responsibility of the government, and in this case, the government has previously, through the schools, actively fostered the attitudes leading to these crimes.
Why should such proposals even sound radical? Don't bother to answer that. The answer is only too clear.
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