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Oppose Institutional Racism in the APS Budget Survey
  • MissKittenCat February 5, 2014 - 12:10 am #98470 Reply
    Quoth the Raven February 5, 2014 - 8:59 am #98475 Reply

    “However APS will always have institutional racism.”

    What are you talking about? “Always”??? What exactly is your evidence for this statement?

    MissKittenCat February 5, 2014 - 9:06 am #98476 Reply

    are you saying that institutional racism can be eradicated??

    Quoth the Raven February 5, 2014 - 9:10 am #98477 Reply

    That depends on how you’re defining “institutional racism”, I think.

    vibrancy February 5, 2014 - 9:12 am #98478 Reply

    The whole premise of this thread, that APS has “institutional racism” is ridiculous. The OP cannot even coherently define the term.

    From his original post: “Institutional racism is ‘the systematic distribution of resources, power and opportunity in our society to the benefit of people who are white and the exclusion of people of color.’”

    From his 2/4/14 post at 9:37 p.m.: “I recently read a wonderful book by Dr. Robert Smith …the book defines institutional racism as encompassing "racial disparities that result from institutional structures and operations." It says that institutional racism is "entrenched, intractable, and not easily eradicated" because it results from the cumulative actions of multiple people usually not aware they are perpetuating it.”

    Essentially it seems that any time there is any sort of racial disparity, whether it be test scores, incomes, % of graduates, % of college students, etc., then it MUST be due to “institutional racism.” I reject that premise and I also reject the premise that just because the county decides to reallocate some of its finite budgetary resources away from one program and towards another, it should automatically be deemed “racism” of any sort. That’s simply a ludicrous assumption to take right off the bat, especially for a place like Arl Co. Always viewing the world through the lens of race is a stunted way to approach real world problems.

    ahum February 5, 2014 - 10:59 am #98498 Reply

    That definition is straight from Chris Matthews.

    aldohexose February 5, 2014 - 1:59 pm #98564 Reply

    Hey all, I know you are tired of me.

    jeffelkner, thank you for taking the time and energy to provide substantial answers to our questions in a very above board, respectful manner. It is clear that you are very committed to this issue. Your students are fortunate to have a teacher as dedicated as you.

    We are lucky to have you as a teacher in our Arlington Schools.

    MissKittenCat February 5, 2014 - 4:09 pm #98604 Reply

    First step of white privilege is denial. After denial one must learn and explore. If you honestly believe that APS doesn’t have any bit of institutional racism then you are living in a different world. That Arlington alone doesn’t have any racism or that of any institutional racism then you are blind.

    Last steps are to accept, learn and make change. don’t stay blind friend. don’t stay blind.

    Quoth the Raven February 5, 2014 - 4:13 pm #98607 Reply

    First step is to recite nearly meaningless clichés that you find on the internet. Second step is to stop blaming racism for every problem.

    So please cite an example of Arlington’s racism.

    ahum February 5, 2014 - 4:56 pm #98621 Reply

    So those liberals in charge of the ACPS are racists?

    White privilege? I take it was a privilege for all those whites, especially males, to be drafted and sent to their deaths? Wow, that’s some privilege. hundreds of thousands of white males were killed in combat who were drafted. Some privilege.

    jeffelkner February 5, 2014 - 8:32 pm #98626 Reply

    Thank you for your kind words, aldohexose. Arlington Public Schools is a wonderful place to work. I am so fortunate to work with creative, committed, hard working teachers and staff who care about students and are dedicated to providing learning opportunities that serve our community well.

    The task at hand now is to support the students at Arlington Mill High School and to tell our elected School Board representatives not to eliminate this excellent program.

    aldohexose February 5, 2014 - 9:37 pm #98627 Reply

    jeff, you are most welcomed. And you are most modest, as a simple “google” will indicate.

    Although, I still think you would have done yourself a favor by introducing the subject from a different angle. :-)}

    And, ahum, if I may, we got it. You have a disagreement with the terminology used. So be it. I put that aside, and concentrated on the very well supported reasons why the Arlington Mill program is needed.

    MissKittenCat February 5, 2014 - 9:37 pm #98628 Reply

    Enjoy your privilege that you are so clearly enjoying.

    because it was such a privilege for millions of slaves to be raped, beaten, degraded and executed. Because white males are drafted HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA! The Blacks fight, The Latinos acceptance.

    being targeted all the time in Arlington for your skin color. The stares when shopping. God forbid we have more affordable housing. Or the fact that ending this program is a bit of institutional racism. Of course Arlington is less racist but by no means it doesn’t exists. HAHAHAHAHAHA open your eyes

    Quoth the Raven February 6, 2014 - 8:39 am #98631 Reply

    More nonsense from you. Please be more clear on the connection between slavery and what’s happening in APS. Please also describe being “targeted all the time in Arlington for your skin color.” Or what affordable housing has to do with anything. But you’ll keep on spouting this nonsensical hyperbole, rather than actually trying to have a discussion.

    vibrancy February 6, 2014 - 9:02 am #98634 Reply

    Don’t really think any further discussion is warranted after that rant. Kinda feel like I got trolled into this thread.

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