The racist endeavors of the Tea Party

Okay, I’ll admit it. Not every Teabagger is racist. Some of them honestly just want a balanced budget during economic hard times. So did Herbert Hoover, but I digress.

But then there is the majority that always seems to back the racist bullshit like we see in Wake County, North Carolina.

The sprawling Wake County School District has long been a rarity. Some of its best, most diverse schools are in the poorest sections of this capital city. And its suburban schools, rather than being exclusive enclaves, include children whose parents cannot afford a house in the neighborhood.

But over the past year, a new majority-Republican school board backed by national Tea Party movement conservatives has set the district on a strikingly different course. Pledging to “say no to the social engineers!’’ it has abolished the policy behind one of the nation’s most celebrated integration efforts.

As the board moves toward a system in which students attend neighborhood schools, some members are embracing the provocative idea that concentrating poor children, who are usually minorities, in a few schools could have merits — logic that critics are blasting as a 21st-century case for segregation.

Ah, the ol’ “social engineering” refrain. We’ve always known it was racist, but now we really get to see it in a blatantly racist context. “Send black children to black schools and white children to white schools…and have them all run by whites! It’s the only way to be fair! Uh, uh. We mean, uh, no social engineering…? Yeah, that last one is what we meant.”

I don’t pretend to be a Malcolm X expert, but I do know one of his biggest points was that institutions run by a group that has less than a full interest in the well being of another group will not be the best of possible institutions. Laws and government policies have corrected that in some places, Wake County being one of the best examples. Still in other places, we’re churning out kids with awful educations, kids who are destined to fail. So when we get schools that feature both poor kids and wealthy kids – and come on, we all know that largely is just code for minority kids and white kids – it isn’t surprising that we start to see some pretty great results. We’re taking all sorts of bright kids from all sorts of places and giving them all sorts of opportunities. This is an excellent example of government doing its job. It is this sort of policy which has forced the wealthy group to interact with the poorer group, thereby raising the standards for education on a broad basis. Or to put it another way, we have no one group running an institution for another group in which it has less than a full interest.

But I don’t think anyone ever thought the Tea Party was a pragmatic organization. Actual results aren’t what matter for that racist endeavor. It’s all about an agenda that is very loosely defined by libertarianism, but is driven by division and bigotry and, probably above it all, outright and unashamed greed.

We’re Christian…we should be allowed to be disruptive!

Pissant little parents in North Carolina, great abusers of the minds of children, have decided having their kids harass the science teacher is an okay thing to do.

A middle-school teacher in Wake County may be fired after she and her friends made caustic remarks on a Facebook page about her students, the South and Christianity.

Melissa Hussain, an eighth-grade science teacher at West Lake Middle School in Apex, was suspended with pay Friday while investigators review her case, according to Greg Thomas, a Wake schools spokesman. The suspension came after some of Hussain’s students and their parents objected to comments on her Facebook page, many of them revolving around her interaction with her Christian students.

Basically the kids were putting pictures of Jesus on her desk, reading their Bibles during class, and randomly breaking out into Jesus-song. They were asking irrelevant questions about God while learning about simple biology (because their parents evidently don’t want them to be prepared for Bio 101 in college). And, of course, the parents believe it is all okay because disruption is acceptable when it’s done under the guise of religion.

“She doesn’t have to be a professing Christian to be in the classroom,” [parent Annette Balint said. “But she can’t go the other way and not allow God to be mentioned.”

This tune would change pretty quickly if these were Muslim children trying to disrupt class.

This is clearly all just a blatant attempt to taunt the teacher. She has a right to post whatever she pleases on her Facebook page. In fact, what she posted was entirely reasonable.

Hussain wrote on the social-networking site that it was a “hate crime” that students anonymously left a Bible on her desk, and she told how she “was able to shame” her students over the incident. Her Facebook page included comments from friends about “ignorant Southern rednecks,” and one commenter suggested Hussain retaliate by bringing a Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster to class with a swastika drawn on the NASCAR driver’s forehead.

Take note. Hussain said it was a hate crime and that she was able to shame her students. I think she’s going a little over the top with the term “hate crime” – it’s blatant harassment and completely inappropriate and irresponsible of the parents, but not a crime – but it’s good that she was able to shame the students. They were acting out and misbehaving. How many times has a student not been made an example for doing that?

Also take note that the most ‘egregious’ comments came from her friends. Ignoring for a moment that the comments are entirely accurate, Hussain can hardly be blamed for the thoughts of her friends. And let’s take a moment and look at one of these thoughts: it was suggested she bring a Dale Earnhardt Jr. poster to class and draw a swastika on it. That puts things in perfect perspective: it would be inappropriate harassment if she actually did that. In fact, it would probably be a fireable action. But her students are doing the same thing. They’re needlessly taunting and harassing their teacher (at the request of their ignorant, science-hating, creationist, redneck parents). Since they’re only students and can’t be fired, they should at least be given detentions and, if the behavior continues, suspensions.