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    Racists in One of America's Richest Counties Are Freaking Out Over a "Forced Busing" Proposal



    October 7, 2019
    Racists in One of America’s Richest Counties Are Freaking Out Over a “Forced Busing” Proposal
    “The Black Community needs to take responsibility…or the white man will take them back to place where they don’t want to go.”
    Edwin Rios


    “Blacks destroy school systems and schools,” read one letter to county officials about the busing plan. “Black families (as a core group) don’t value education like other cultural groups,” read another. “The Black Community needs to take responsibility for the behavior of its people,” a third declared, “or the white man will take them back to place where they don’t want to go.” Don’t worry, though. The writer insisted they were not being racist.


    These letters were written in recent months in response to a Howard County (Maryland) Council resolution calling on the county school system to desegregate its schools. The letters’ target was a comprehensive redistricting proposal offered by Howard County schools superintendent Michael Martirano. The plan would ease overcrowding and, in Martirano’s words, “substantially improve equity and access to the best educational services” in the county’s schools. By redistributing students around the district and balancing the number of poor students in the district’s schools, the proposal would make the schools more economically integrated, and thus—in theory—more racially integrated.

    Howard is one of the wealthiest counties in the country, with a median household income of $115,000. But Council member Mercer Rigby said in a statement that Howard County in recent decades has been “increasingly segregated by race and socioeconomic status” and added that redistricting was a “civil rights issue.” The Maryland Equity Project has deemed Howard County the most integrated school district in the state, but racial segregation persists once you enter the schoolhouse doors, with white students disproportionately taking Advanced Placement classes and Black students taking remedial classes, a 2017 Baltimore Sun investigation found. (A majority of kids in the district are Black, Latino, and Asian.)

    At a time when schools across the country are slipping toward resegregation, the Howard County proposal would move roughly 7,400 students to different schools in a district of 57,000 kids, an effort that would reduce the number of schools with high rates of students in poverty. At 14 of the district’s 62 elementary and middle schools, per the Baltimore Sun, at least half of the students qualify for free and reduced lunch, a proxy for poverty. The plan, Martirano told the Baltimore Sun, represented “a true example of equity in action, looking at our capacity and our poverty rate so children all across the school system can receive an equitable education.” ("Equitable, meaning equally BAD.) Of the more than 12,000 kids who participated in free and reduced lunch in Howard County in 2018, roughly 47 percent of them were Black and 27 percent were Latino.

    The response? An all-too-familiar backlash in which race and poverty were freely conflated. In more than 400 pages of written testimony submitted to county officials since July, Howard County residents cover the whole gamut of American racism: There is the oafish, booming racism; there is the polite, cooing racism. There are the racists who cite “the data” and “the stats” to argue that Black people are subhuman; there’s the resident who cites “Dr. Ben Carson” as evidence that “disadvantaged” kids can succeed but only if their communities have “strong values.” Some decry “social engineering” and “socialism,” or warn that the plan would “destroy neighborhood schools.” Others are concerned that wealthy families would leave the district altogether. Parents and residents alike have protested against the redistricting proposal, waving signs like “No Forced Busing.” In all the aggrieved response bookended another incident in Howard County’s recent past. In May 2018, four white teenagers spray-painted the sidewalks of Glenelg High School, drawing swastikas and calling the black principal the n-word. They were later charged with hate crimes. “Howard County stands out as a place where diversity and acceptance are cherished,” Martirano had said at the time.

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    I have several nieces in this school district. This isn't about diversity. The school district is extremely diverse. Parents specifically move into the school district because of their high educational standards and with it advanced placement classes. And yes it's a wealthy community.

    And the liberal social justice warriors cannot STAND it that not only is it a wealthy community but that kids can get a top notch education without all the drugs, crime and behavioral issues that come with kids that don't care if they get an education or not. (I'm not saying that there are no drugs, crime or behavioral problems but there are less.)

    So they want to bus the kids who are intelligent and want advanced placement classes to schools where they have fewer of them, where discipline problems are more rampant. And they want to bus in the kids from other schools were many of them are from families where education is not considered important and so do not try to excel.

    The Maryland Equity Project has deemed Howard County the most integrated school district in the state, but racial segregation persists once you enter the schoolhouse doors, with white students disproportionately taking Advanced Placement classes and Black students taking remedial classes, a 2017 Baltimore Sun investigation found.
    So it's the fault of the white kids and their families that black kids either 1. aren't smart enough to take advanced classes, 2. Aren't interested in taking advanced classes, 3. Don't have families that emphasize education and help them to excel, or some kind of combination of reasons.

    And so they have to PAY by taking away their good education because it isn't FAIR that they have it.

    And the jack*sses among them wonder why our compared placement in education in the world continues to fall.
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    Conservatives believe in public education, they don't believe in dumbing down education for everyone because some aren't smart enough or aren't interested in getting an education. Conservatives don't believe all the pap about 'diversity' and 'equity' and indoctrination into liberal social issues such as teaching kindergartners about homosexuality and high schoolers about how to pleasure your partner, and allowing kids to disrupt the schools setting because to stop it would be considered "racist" because the out of control, not caring student happens to have melanin in their skin.
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    2. Apparently, we're still moving backward

    FFS...this shouldn't still be happening.
    So they're going to destroy a good educational system because having it isn't "equitable". Everyone must have an equally bad education.
    Liberals are divorced from reality and they think it's great. When you live in la la land you're never wrong, it's always the other person/groups fault and you can believe what you want to believe and call it 'truth'.
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    So, the progressive rule number 1. if you see something good, do what you can to F**k it up.

    It may be a rich, white county, but I will bet it is all full of dems.
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    This isn't about getting a better education for Black kids, its about the Moonbats and SJWs feeling good.

    They could have gone into these schools and worked to make them better, but that's too much work and too hard for them.

    Instead they went with busing, because that's been such success in the past ( snicker ).
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    Howard County went for Hillary, 63% to 29%, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2016_U...ults_by_county
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    I recommend that babble-on-sister watch "The Wire" season 4 to see just how jacked up the natives have made the Baltimore school district.

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    Wait a second. I thought the SJWs were all about separate graduation ceremonies, separate classes, separate dorms and separate safe spaces for minority students at universities. What gives here?

    I guess liberals don't understand the concept of consistency of thought.
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    The problem is cultural, not racial. Trying to make it about race allows the libs to point fingers at Conservatives while ignoring the policies that enabled, encouraged, and continue to sustain.
    It's not complicated. Using race allows them to be lazy while feeling oh so good about themselves. Facing up to the problem as cultural would require difficult, and many unpopular decisions to be made. Way too much work for these "leaders".
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    The smarter students take advanced placement courses. That’s not racial, it’s based on academic achievement. Remedial courses are for those who didn’t absorb the material during their previous school years and received a participation trophy.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dan D. Doty View Post
    This isn't about getting a better education for Black kids, its about the Moonbats and SJWs feeling good.

    They could have gone into these schools and worked to make them better, but that's too much work and too hard for them.

    Instead they went with busing, because that's been such success in the past ( snicker ).

    I know that busing didn't work in big cities like Detroit, and it contributed to making segregation worse than before.

    When the idea of busing came about, it made more sense than it does today, because in the 1950s and early 60s, black people in cities like Detroit were only allowed to live in specific parts of town, and the schools in that part of town were not as good as in other neighborhoods. Eastern High School, which closed before I lived here and was torn down shortly after I moved here, served the black neighborhoods at that time.

    The thinking behind busing was that if all the schools were integrated, the quality overall would rise and no one would be left out. In Michigan, the decision was made that a district could bus within itself, but a kid who lived in the district had to go to a school in that district, because schools at the time were mostly funded through city property taxes.

    After the 1967 riots, white people starting moving out of the city (the "white flight"). Busing escalated it. The economic base left the city, too, the bottom fell out of the auto industry in the 70s, and it all left behind a mostly black city and schools, with no local money to fund them.

    My school district in suburban Grand Rapids chose not to bus. They changed some of the borders for the elementary schools due to population growth in some parts of town that usually integrated that school a little more. Kentwood has the most diverse school district in the state. They still have high test scores and college admission rates, too.
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    Quote Originally Posted by FlaGator View Post
    Wait a second. I thought the SJWs were all about separate graduation ceremonies, separate classes, separate dorms and separate safe spaces for minority students at universities. What gives here?

    I guess liberals don't understand the concept of consistency of thought.
    If they did, they wouldn't be moonbats. Insert all Orwellian doublethink lines here....
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