Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Assessing the Racial Hatred at KC's East High

Selwyn Duke at American Thinker offers a startling and absolutely dreadful glimpse inside this Kansas City school where a white child was doused with gasoline and immolated last week. The two assailants were black, and were reported to have been saying, "That's what you deserve, white boy!"

Selwyn Duke reports, based upon documented interviews:

While this crime is making headlines, Coon [mother of child that was attacked] states that it was merely the horrible culmination of continual racial harassment her son had to endure at East High... I've learned that Coon's son is not alone. Other white students also report a pattern of racial harassment at the high school at the hands of their peers -- and, shockingly, their teachers.

Two of these victims were the twin 14-year-old daughters (first names withheld upon request) of Karin Wildeisen. Ever since their family relocated from Texas, they had endured racial animosity in the Kansas City school system and inappropriate behavior by staff, which included teachers laughing while boys humiliatingly manhandled the girls and a teacher slapping one of them on the backside. But there was far worse to come.

The twins started coming home and talking about the goings-on in an advanced-English class taught by a teacher Wildeisen identifies as Ms. Veda Monday. Wildeisen said that her daughters told her, "There are four white kids in the class; they are being targeted racially"[...]

One day, Monday allegedly showed an explicit film involving portrayals of whites lynching blacks and then, reports ex-Texan Wildeisen, "in front of the class attacked my daughters, telling them that 'everybody from Texas is ignorant rednecks'" and that all white people were "responsible for Jasper because [their] skin is white." This reference is to an atrocity in Jasper, TX, in which three white men murdered a black man in 1998.

This is far from the only example of the staff's propensity to instill racial hatred, and I would definitely suggest reading the whole thing, found here. But what really caught my attention was this bit:

Melissa Coon had been complaining to the school's administration about her son's harassment repeatedly -- only to be ignored and stonewalled -- repeatedly. At one point an administrator told her that her son could have a transfer only to another district school but said that Allen would have "more problems there" and that he should stay at more "racially diverse" East High (which has no more than 20 white students).

This administrator admits, and accepts wholesale, the notion that a white child will be the target of racial hate when surrounded by black students. I'm not saying he agrees that a white child should be the target of racial hate when surrounded by black students. I'm saying that the administrator is confessing that a white student being the target of racial hate when surrounded by black students is a reasonable expectation, and if the child were to become more outnumbered by blacks, he would be in greater danger.

This blows my mind. I went to school in New Caney, TX, among the "ignorant rednecks" this teacher described. We had a very small minority of black students when I attended (the exact number unknown, but less than 10 among 1600 or so students). Not once do I recall any organized racism against any one among them by either students or faculty. The irony, of course, being that we "ignorant rednecks" are far more tolerant than the "English" instructor that teaches her students hate rather than prose.

Yet we have become numb to the indifference by the media and the Department of Justice in reporting and prosecuting cases of black-on-white violence. There is something sinister in America today, and deeper than we want to believe. East High in Kansas City is the proof. There, racial hate is organized among students and faculty and is acceptable classroom material. And the administration even seems keenly aware that the ratio of black to white students is a metric used to set expectations of violence and hate, such that the more white students are outnumbered by blacks, the more likely they can expect such things.

Yet all of this had flown under the radar until two black kids poured gasoline on a white kid and set him on fire.

But sadly, this incident, too, will likely be short-lived in the public discourse. Mr. Eric Holder of the DOJ once said America's refusal to address issues of race makes us "a nation of cowards." You are right, Mr. Holder. And if you choose not to prosecute this case and investigate these incidents, count you among the most cowardly.

William Sullivan


  1. We must shame ALL racism, even when blacks dish it. I am doing a Blame shortly.

  2. I went to school in new caney also wouldve been class of 93; noe its not so bad but back as long as i remember i was ridiculed, harrassed, bullied, singled out as a troublemaker when it was other kids making trouble. Most of the kids back then were from very very ignorant racist trailer trash homes and just repeated what they heard at home but that was no excuse for ALL of my teachers allowing me to be bullied for being hispanic in such a white area. I have
    C-PTSD from the relentless tormenting i was subject too.

  3. I suppose, in this day and age, I should have presented the disclaimer that I and my siblings are also Hispanic, that my grandmother was born in Mexico, and that my mother was the Spanish teacher at New Caney while the last anonymous commenter attended. As for somehow having PTSD for being bullied in high school (psssst.... Most of us were) I'll assume your comment might have been a joke, or more likely, you need to grow up and understand that problems you faced might not have been a result of your ethnicity. And even if they might have been, I still say, grow the f*ck up.

  4. I grew up in New Caney and attended from 1990 to 1994. I saw more prejudice towards children with less economical means rather than prejudice to blacks or latino. In fact, a football player would relentlessly attack a certain student that used to be in my homeroom class. Just by the way he dressed. Tim, killed himself due to his life at home and I am sure the ridicule at school only furthered his resolve.

    If I remember correctly, the few African Americans in the school were actually held on a pedestal. Chris Battle, Eric Cruz. All good running backs for the Eagles and I dont recall them ever complaining about racial tensions.

    There was a Linebacker named Mack, as well. Wonder what their thoughts would be on their time in New Caney Hickville. Believe they all went on to college via athletic scholarships.

    If, Anonymous, did attend during the years he states, those would be names easily remembered.

    As TPP stated, pull your big boy britches up and stop spouting about something you clearly are falsely stating, or that you brought upon yourself.