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Re: “Little Rock school superintendent vows full review of allegations of mistreatment of Latino students

This has been going on for years, maybe not to this extent, but for years in the form of African-American-on-whatever-is-the-minority-race in LRSD schools, especially at the middle school level. I speak from experience as a white male who attended LRSD schools his whole life and until the 7th grade didn't really understand why the kids on the elementary playground called him and his best African-American friend "Oreos." Junior high school was a nightmare in the early 90s, where I heard all day every day wise cracks about "white people," "white b**ches" etc. I can relate to the teacher in this story. Being hit, spit on, pushed, threatened made me stronger, so I don't regret it. You can't really blame the kids because they are being taught by their families at home to hate whites (or Latinos). And they're NOT being taught by administrators and teachers that this behavior is unacceptable. Little Rock in general is toxic for race relations, and has been since before the Central High Crisis. You've got several groups of people in this city: the blacks and whites who went to school together and figured out that neither was as bad as everyone told them. The whites who went to private school or who moved into town from rural white areas, and who will say at dinner to their friends, "I don't dare cross I-630." The older blacks (like some on our school board) who are still stuck in the past and think that they are "THE minority," and who want to re-draw zone lines to keep the vote away from what they are starting to realize is the "other minority" (Latinos). And then all the other minority groups who are just sort of stuck in the middle trying to figure it all out. (I know I'm stereotyping and over-generalizing, but you get my point.) BTW--who wants to point out the elephant in the room---why ARE there so many Latinos at Hall, Cloverdale...? Interesting how we've used "ESL" to segregate our Latinos into a couple of little pockets in the district so the rest of us don't have to worry about them. How do they get away with that, anyway? Hmmm... I'm rambling, but-- Latinos are getting the short end of the stick all over this country, from every angle. It's not just black on Latino. Go to some of your outlying rural white districts and watch what happens when the Latino population grows just a smidge. Ever been called "caca" to your face? Your Latino brothers and sisters are the new group to crap on, and we're all letting it happen. LRSD is just following suit. Oh, and one last thing...they say they are trying to communicate better with the Latino community and they want to hire people who can be liaisons, yada, yada. I don't believe that for a second. Besides, you can't hire good people for any position when you wait until the end of July to post most jobs.

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Posted by Fed up with stuff on 09/20/2012 at 12:21 AM

Re: “'I just want them to stop ...'

This has been going on for years, maybe not to this extent, but for years in the form of African-American-on-whatever-is-the-minority-race in LRSD schools, especially at the middle school level. I speak from experience as a white male who attended LRSD schools his whole life and until the 7th grade didn't really understand why the kids on the elementary playground called him and his best African-American friend "Oreos." Junior high school was a nightmare in the early 90s, where I heard all day every day wise cracks about "white people," "white b**ches" etc. I can relate to the teacher in this story. Being hit, spit on, pushed, threatened made me stronger, so I don't regret it. You can't really blame the kids because they are being taught by their families at home to hate whites (or Latinos). And they're NOT being taught by administrators and teachers that this behavior is unacceptable. Little Rock in general is toxic for race relations, and has been since before the Central High Crisis. You've got several groups of people in this city: the blacks and whites who went to school together and figured out that neither was as bad as everyone told them. The whites who went to private school or who moved into town from rural white areas, and who will say at dinner to their friends, "I don't dare cross I-630." The older blacks (like some on our school board) who are still stuck in the past and think that they are "THE minority," and who want to re-draw zone lines to keep the vote away from what they are starting to realize is the "other minority" (Latinos). And then all the other minority groups who are just sort of stuck in the middle trying to figure it all out. (I know I'm stereotyping and over-generalizing, but you get my point.) BTW--who wants to point out the elephant in the room---why ARE there so many Latinos at Hall, Cloverdale...? Interesting how we've used "ESL" to segregate our Latinos into a couple of little pockets in the district so the rest of us don't have to worry about them. How do they get away with that, anyway? Hmmm... I'm rambling, but-- Latinos are getting the short end of the stick all over this country, from every angle. It's not just black on Latino. Go to some of your outlying rural white districts and watch what happens when the Latino population grows just a smidge. Ever been called "caca" to your face? Your Latino brothers and sisters are the new group to crap on, and we're all letting it happen. LRSD is just following suit. Oh, and one last thing...they say they are trying to communicate better with the Latino community and they want to hire people who can be liaisons, yada, yada. I don't believe that for a second. Besides, you can't hire good people for any position when you wait until the end of July to post most jobs.

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Posted by Fed up with stuff on 09/19/2012 at 11:58 PM
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