An event where white students were singing along to a rap song that included a racial slur in its lyrics has led to Texas’ most prominent and successful school district to adopt an insane approach to fighting racism.
In a suburb of Dallas, the Carroll Independent School District of Southlake is the “top-achieving school district in Texas,” as reported by Joy Pullmann with The Federalist.
“It has no racial achievement gaps, which is nearly unheard of. That’s because Southlake attracts high-achieving families of all races,” Pullmann stated. “The local median income is more than four times the national average and poverty there is statistically nonexistent. According to district data, “microaggressions,’ bullying, and racially charged incidents happen approximately three times per month in the district of 8,500 students, meaning they involve 0.3 percent of students a year.”
However, because of videos taken, that went viral, that show the students singing along to the rap lyrics and the attention they got from the media, the school district overreacted and hastily threw up programs they say are meant to combat “institutional racism”. These programs in reality are only there to shame white students for the color of their skin.
Pullman went on to report that one such plan that the district has put into place is a “cultural competence” plan after the videos of the children were sensationalized and “sometimes-crying taxpayers, parents, and students spent hours insisting their lives have been forever damaged by the kind of ‘institutional racism’ in Southlake illustrated by the rap sing-alongs.”
These complaints seem to be centered around minor teasing and graffiti, but those who are doing the complaining are demanding the school district treat these minor instances as though they were full-blown hate crimes. The dead sprint to assume guilt was continued by a few public figures, according to Pullman:
“Retired Dallas Cowboys player Russell Maryland and Robin Cornish, the widow of another Cowboy, who both have kids in the district, used national media appearances to pressure the town to enact a “Cultural Competence Action Plan,” or CCAP. A long-form article from NBC News in January that quotes Cornish accuses the town of harboring racists.
Cornish also told the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in February 2019 the school district was ‘sweeping this under the carpet, and they are complicit. Unfortunately, this is the way our country is right now. Southlake is a microcosm of that. We have someone running the country right now who says it’s OK to be racist.’
‘The idea that America is fundamentally flawed because some people have a [racist] problem in their minds, that’s a recipe to keep you in poverty and unhappiness for the rest of your life,’ said Juan Saldivar, a father of a Southlake student, to explain his opposition to restructuring Southlake schools around “systemic racism.’ ‘My parents always told me it doesn’t matter whether people like you, it matters whether the law protects you, and it does.'”
Parents of these students are not pleased about the school’s new training policies which have led to local parents organizing into a group in order to go against CCAP. Pullman continued in the report that the CCAP teaches that anyone who sees everyone as equals regardless of race is, in fact, instigating “cultural blindness,” which in their view is bad.