Drums in the Deep

The New York Times editorializes reports on a controversy on the other side of my beloved State of Missouri:


“When the Missouri Supreme Court upheld a law in June allowing students from failing school districts to transfer to good ones, Harriet Gladney saw a path to a better education for her 9-year-old daughter.


“But then she watched television news clips from a town hall meeting for the Francis Howell School District, the predominantly white district here that her daughter’s mostly black district, Normandy, had chosen as a transfer site. Normandy, in neighboring St. Louis County, has one of the worst disciplinary rates in the state, and Francis Howell parents angrily protested the transfer of Normandy students across the county line, some yelling that their children could be stabbed and that the district’s academic standards would slip.


“‘When I saw them screaming and hollering like they were crazy, I thought to myself, Oh my God, this is back in Martin Luther King days,’ said Ms. Gladney, 45. ‘They’re going to get the hoses out. They’re going to be beating our kids and making sure they don’t get off the school bus.'”


…and so on and so forth. Please do read the whole thing – believe me, it’s all quite fascinating. In particular, the pathetic insistence of the “parents in the Francis Howell district…that their opposition had nothing to do with race.”


But perhaps most fascinating of all is the fact that neither Ms. Gladney nor the NYT seems to detect any irony in her desire to remove her young daughter from a (presumably) anti-racist all-black environment and to thrust her into the company of scary white racists, hoses in hand? – I mean, what’s up with that?


At the risk of eternal banishment from polite society, let me venture a few generalizations:


(1) White gentiles do not, by and large, hate individual black people, just because they’re black. If anything, they go out of their way to be nice & polite to them.


(2) But they do fear & seek to avoid large concentrations of black people. In fact, they are prepared to spend a lot of money to flee from such…concentrations. Above all, they wish to preserve their school-age children from too much exposure to such…concentrations.


(3) Blacks do not, by and large, hate individual whites, just because they’re white. But they don’t generally go out of their way to be nice & polite to them.


(4) And they never, ever, fear or seek to avoid large concentrations of white people. Instead, they seem to seek out their company at every opportunity.


I mean, how weird is that?


3 thoughts on “Drums in the Deep

  1. In fairness it isn’t really about race as such. If they enacted such a policy and there was the threat of hordes of white kids with the same basic set of problems and general cultural collapse then the parents would react the same way. If there is any doubt of this try doing this in England.

    The silly part is, if the highs checking kids who are accused of “act white” where allowed to transfer there probably would be no difficulty.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s