A black mother has filed a complaint against her child’s elementary school in Atlanta, Georgia, for segregating classes by race, with white students all put in one of four classes and black children, including her daughter, all put in one of two classes.
Posey claims she asked for her child to be placed in a class with a specific teacher to which the principal allegedly responded, “That’s not one of the black classes.” Posey asked the principal, “We have those in the school?” to which the principal, who is black, responded, “Yes. I have decided that I’m going to place all of the black students in two classes.”
Posey recorded a phone call with the assistant principal in which the administrator confirmed it was the principal’s idea to segregate the kids. The administrator said, “I just wish we had more black kids, and then some of them are in a class because of the services that they need.”
What those services are is unclear. Posey said, “We’ve lost sleep, like trying to figure out why would a person do this.”
In a statement, the school district said, “Atlanta Public Schools does not condone the assigning of students to classrooms based on race. The district conducted a review of the allegations. Appropriate actions were taken to address the issue and the matter was closed.”
Posey, who filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights, wants the principal and her administration removed. “My community, had they known about this, would probably be extremely upset. Not just the black parents but also white parents,” she said.
The Atlanta Public School system did not make it clear what actions were taken to address the issue, but clearly the systemic racism and white supremacy that progressives claim is rampant in the United States has nothing to do with a black principal segregating students based on race.
More likely, ideologies such as Critical Race Theory informed the principal that it was in the students’ best interest to be segregated by skin color and that black students needed additional services. As other school systems have shown, some seem to believe that minorities, by virtue of their skin color, are not able to perform in school without extra help. But isn’t that the very definition of racist thinking?
And what about the students who are biracial or another ethnicity? Where do they “fit” in a segregated school?
The Supreme Court in Brown v. Board of Education ruled more than 60 years ago that segregation is morally and practically wrong. It was wrong when it was practiced under Jim Crow laws and it’s still wrong — no matter who is doing the segregating or for what reason.
What message do we send children when we tell them it is in their best interest to only be in class with people of the same skin color? Children need to learn to be in class with people who don’t look like themselves and given every opportunity to learn and succeed — not placed into groups based on physical characteristics.
America has long since done away with “separate but equal” schools and it must stay that way. For a time, race relations had improved — that is, until activists and politicians started telling Americans that the most important thing about a person is their skin color and that moral attributes can be ascribed based on it.
In order for America to heal, children need to be taught that people of all skin colors are equal and that they are all human beings who should be treated with love and respect.
And that means making sure they are together, not separate.