I’ve got a little scenario for you, and before you continue to read after I’ve described the scenario, I want you to think long and hard about how you judge it.
Let’s say that we have a school that is 86% white, a white principal, and about four or five black teachers. One day, the principal tells the black teachers that they are “unfit to teach white children.” As if that wasn’t horrifying enough, the principal then proceeds to make the teachers read an article that explains how black teachers aren’t fit to teach white students.
The result? Immediate lawsuit, the principal would likely be dismissed, and this would be in the national headlines labeled as a big racism scandal. What do you think? Is this an example of racism? If not racism, at the very least it’s a case of asinine and ridiculous discrimination, likely based on the flawed, slanted scholarship of a bigot who hasn’t caught up with the times.
Well that happened recently, but not in the way you think. A group of white teachers in a
elementary school are suing the former principal of that school, who is black, who told them that they were unfit to teach black students because they are white, and assigned them an article to read about how white teachers are unable to teach black students. Pennsylvania
If the reverse situation is racist, then this one is, too.
How much coverage will this story get, and how will the context be framed if it gets more than just the blurb I stumbled upon? I would imagine that this story is not going to get much coverage, seeing as how the article I read was dated yesterday. Even better, this incident happened between 2008-2009 when he was principal of that school.
We all know that if the roles were reversed, if it had been a white principal denigrating the ability of black teachers to educate white children, this would have been allover the news the moment word got out. It would be plastered across every liberal rag and blog, and CNN would likely be having a discussion about how white people are all racist.
I can see the headlines with my waking eyes: “Racist Republican sociopath hates black teachers.” But that’s not what’s going to happen in this scenario. It will likely be pushed aside, ignored, chocked up to a black guy exacting justice for the hundreds of years of slavery that he’s never felt.
This will be labeled “reverse racism,” which is as perverse as anything that Orwell imagined with NEWSPEAK. Some people are stuck in some twilight zone where it’s only racism if it’s white on non-white. It’s “reverse” racism, it’s justified racism, if it’s black on white.