Especially for Alasandra — we’ve been grumbling and snarking because, if you listen to the talking heads with their incessant literal and media megaphones, only the South has a real race problem. So if there are detestable “school socialization” difficulties elsewhere, it’s still probably our fault, for setting a bad example!
(AP) LITITZ, Pa.- For years, a clique of high school students in this prosperous and overwhelmingly white borough have worn clothes adorned with Confederate flags and parked their pickups in a section of the school parking lot known as “redneck row.”
The display, some parents of minority students say, was just one symptom of festering racism that school officials ignored until animosities boiled over last week.
. . .The “disturbing and repulsive” Oct. 3 confrontation was a “wake-up call” for Warwick High School said Superintendent John George.
“Perhaps we were lulled into a false sense that our school district was immune to racism and bigotry,” he said.
Some students suspect the perpetrators were trying to imitate white students in Jena, La.
. . .”What is racial intimidation? It’s trying to have power over someone else,” [Police Chief William] Sease said. “I think that’s their motivation.”
Erasmo Cora Jr., a Puerto Rican native whose 14-year-old son, Erik, was among the victims, said the school should expel all of the roughly dozen students who allegedly engaged in racist behavior.
. . .At a community meeting Monday, some parents said their earlier complaints about Confederate flag displays and racial slurs fell on deaf ears. Others complained that the district took too long to punish the perpetrators.
. . .The high school is just blocks away from a picturesque downtown, the hub of the borough of about 9,000 residents founded in 1756. Lititz is known for quaint shops, artists and Sturgis Pretzel House, which bills itself as America’s first pretzel bakery, and is named after a Bohemian castle.
. . .”They always had the flags, but they never did anything to the black kids,” said Burkman, 17, who is white. “I don’t understand why it all happened this year.”
Others speculate that the perpetrators felt threatened by a growing but still tiny minority population at the high school. Hispanics account for roughly 3 percent and blacks 2 percent of this year’s total enrollment.
That’s the Warwick School District if you’re looking. . .
but really, NINETY-FIVE percent white! – and the kids themselves think five percent “other” is enough to make them feel “threatened?”
“School’s Out — Of Control!”
and maybe so is everything else.