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School district’s third race hoax in the last year shows racism isn’t really a problem

It’s a good thing the Sacramento City Unified School District, like just about every other district in the nation these days, has an equity department.

That’s because the department is so good at battling the racism that the academic establishment says is endemic in American institutions that its students feel the need to create some.

For example, in February of 2022 a black female student was found responsible for labeling school drinking fountains “colored” and “white.” To virtually no one’s surprise, before the race of the culprit was known the local NAACP and community activists had the usual paroxysms of self-righteous indignation.

A month after that incident, two black female students were responsible for scribbling “All n*****s should die” on the wall of one of their school’s hallways. Superintendent Jorge Aguilar responded that the district had suffered “another act of disgraceful racist graffiti.”

Most recently, a pair of black students were behind the circulation of an ersatz dollar bill emblazoned with “a racist anti-Black caricature” and a URL to a site “containing hateful, racist comments.”

The two students received the “swift disciplinary action” of suspension, the district said, and officials are dealing with the situation “with the utmost seriousness.”

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A now-deleted message was posted on the Facebook page of Kit Carson [International Academy] principal LuTisha Stockdale about the incident. “I’m sooooo pissed!!!!! To answer your question 2 Black students made these and were passing it around,” the caption to Stockdale’s Facebook story post read.

Efforts to reach Stockdale were unsuccessful Tuesday.

The district is also providing support for students and staff who may have experienced trauma or harm as a result. …

“One student printed it, who gave it to another student, who gave it to somebody else,” district spokesman Brian Heap said. “We don’t know how widespread the dissemination was on campus. We do know that more than one of these were handed out because the principal actually saw some on the ground.”

Naively, Heap added that it “really speaks to [the] need as a district to do more in terms of fully educating kids about the history” of such epithets and to “just try to clear up some of the (misconceptions) they must have that lead them to use it so cavalierly.”

Aside from the typical public school-style yammering that there’s always “more to be done,” who is Heap, a middle-aged white guy, to invoke “misconceptions” about anti-black racial epithets? Who is he to complain about (black) students using the n-word “cavalierly”?

Of course I’m being sarcastic; however, such sentiments are anything but in academic circles as Caucasians are routinely told they need to keep their yaps shut and just listen. White academics are even verboten from using the n-word in a purely educational context, including reading from a (black person’s) work.

One professor even got into hot water for using a Chinese word that sounded too much like the n-word.

We’ve also recently seen black high school students claim they have the right to say the n-word, while others rallied to support a black school resource officer who was fired for saying the epithet. The police chief in the latter incident had said he needed to apply the rules equally to everyone.

What a chump. Where’s he been the last few years?

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Dave has been writing about education, politics, and entertainment for over 20 years, including a stint at the popular media bias site Newsbusters. He is a retired educator with over 25 years of service and is a member of the National Association of Scholars. Dave holds undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Delaware.