A coalition of African-American groups want a Maryland school district to “proactively” combat racism by declaring it a “mental health disorder that results in trauma on the intended victims.”
The Caucus of African American Leaders approved a measure Tuesday night which noted several racist incidents that had occurred in Anne Arundel County Public schools. According to the Capital Gazette, in addition to the “mental disorder” provision, the Caucus wants “a zero-tolerance policy for racism” and a set of “protocols [for] when racist incidents occur.”
Anne Arundel superintendent George Arlotto also felt the Caucus’s wrath; he’s accused of “fail[ing] to understand or appreciate how the trauma of racism has directly and indirectly” students and school staff.
The county NAACP signed on to Caucus measure.
The Caucus resolution mentions a racist petition created by a so-called “Kool Kids Klan,” and a noose that was found at middle school a year ago.
What it doesn’t note is that, regarding the petition, police tried to find anything by which to charge the teens responsible, but nothing rose to the level of an actual crime. It also doesn’t mention that back in 2017 a black student was responsible for sending a threat to her school using the (virtually identical) Twitter handle “@KoolkidsKlanKkk.”
Mention of a similar instance which occurred this past February also is absent.
The (racial) achievement gap also is included in the resolution which, if racism is to be designated a “mental health disorder,” should alarm clear-thinking people.
[The Caucus] also want[s] schools to develop written protocols for when a racist incident occurs in county schools, or when an incident that is widely known about with county connections occurs. Those protocols should include instructions about communication and assemblies. That protocol should also include making individual and group counseling immediately available after such instances, the Caucus said in its resolution.
The Caucus wants the school work with the NAACP and Coming to the Table to hold regular group discussions about race with students and staff. It also wants to require implicit bias training for all county staff.
[Caucus convener Carl] Snowden said the Caucus itself would also like to hold a public hearing at Chesapeake High School to discuss racism in county schools.
Even far-left Newsweek discussed the mental illness issue as one of an extreme nature — as in extremely racist individuals may be mentally ill.
Do we really want to put pranking teenagers in the same category as hardcore neo-Nazis?
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