It used to be a strictly covert operation. The Republicans used to at least have the courtesy of acting like it wasn’t going on. Oh, how things have changed. After spewing racist rants from his personal twitter page, with the intent of demoralizing the very students he was hired to help, Mark A Traina, A Louisiana school psychiatrist and self proclaimed civil rights activist has been asked to step down.
As part of the Republican attempt to further empower the rich and impoverish the poor, they have caught onto the idea that rather than fighting formidable foes they are much better served to make their foe, well, not so formidable. Step one: privatize education for the wealthy. Step two: prevent education of the poor.
Thanks to a civil rights complaint lodged against the school district by the Southern Poverty Law Center Mr. Traina will no longer have the power to effect the lives of students that he referred to as to as “a black army of American terrorists ” whom should be “Put down like the dogs they are.”
In a typical showing of the red states systematic racism, this pronounced “Wallace Man at Heart” ( referring to renowned Segregationist George Wallace ) was responsible for maintaining a Jefferson Parish school board status quo by disproportionately assigning minority and disabled students to an “alternative education program” alleged to leave students in an educational limbo. These “alternative” schools are less schools than a kind of holding pen where “trouble” students are sent to keep them away from the regular schools. They are not given a proper education and disabled students do not have their special needs met. In this context, “disabled” refers to children with autism or behavioral disorders, as opposed to strictly physical disabilities.
No way you say ? Well numbers don’t lie. According to statistics provided by the SPLC and reported by NOLA.com, disabled students account for 52% of referrals to alternative schools while only representing a measly 11% of the student population. Couple that with the 78% of African American students being carted of to the future killing academy despite their 46 percent foothold on enrollment and I would say, systematic oppression it is.
I wonder if anybody took the time to inform twisted Traina that his segregationist idol renounced his convictions later in life, saying that he did not wish to meet his Maker with unforgiven sin. Perhaps Mr. Traina should follow his example and make amends with his God.
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