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November 29, 2022

Let us know

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

It’s a good reminder that as insulated in the Bay Area as we think we are that racist speech, and those that wield it, still exist in our idyllic town. Before anyone tries to say that none of that existed before the influx of new residents, just don’t. You know better and I certainly know better so, don’t.

I was informed by an Alameda High School family that the week before Thanksgiving Break there were a couple of incidents that were buried at the end of the Principal’s report out to the school which might have been missed by a lot of families. I’ll admit that I routinely “archive” emails like this particularly when I’m busy and want to clean out my in box.

Here’s the incident that was called out and this didn’t happen after school or during break, this happened when school was in session. I should probably ask my kids if there’s some sort of TikTok challenge around being a racist asshole in schools since this seems like something that, most kids, wouldn’t necessarily want to risk doing where they could be caught by a bunch of other students unless there was some silly social media clout that they could feed off of.

Usually I don’t comment on people who have lost elections but given the focus of conservative groups on taking over local school board races it’s with this context that we should fear future candidates like Maria Elena Moreno Van Maren who responded to a a question about curriculum and diversity with this answer:

In this case, Black and Jewish Alameda High School students are absolutely owed something and that’s a fucking apology from whoever the perpetrators are of this act of discriminatory aggression. The ignorance of the person/people who did this act is probably because they did not learn history through the lens of race and do not understand the impacts of what they scrawled on their campus walls. Perhaps they fell asleep during the lessons on the Holocaust and the genocidal devastation. Or maybe they were absent during the course on the whole Civil War and the subjugation of Black people throughout the history of the United States. Who know. But what is clear is that we aren’t doing enough to course correct insidious ignorance and it doesn’t help when we have “leaders” who want positions of power to ensure we do less and not more.

But what we need is a district wide, hell, a city wide conversation on these topics. But it should, first, start with the District taking every incident seriously and letting families know how they’re going to address this.

4 Comments »

  1. Thank you for speaking out loud and strong regarding these displays of hate at Alameda High School. We needs to confront these efforts to divide us.

    Comment by Jim Cummons — November 29, 2022 @ 9:24 am

  2. Thank you for this post. The lack of outrage and urgency on this hate incident is sickening. Especially given the timeliness of the Buffalo supermarket shooter pleading guilty – he was 18 when he killed 10 black people. In 2020 when the George Floyd marches were flowing through the streets of our city and Black Lives Matter signs were displayed proudly it seemed that our city ‘got it’. The City of Alameda declared racism a public health crisis and the school district published all of the efforts they were putting in place to address racial equity. So where are we now? Joseph P Williams describes what has happened in US News:

    “What tends to happen is that in these moments, the idea of allyship becomes a cliche” as the amount of work necessary to solve racism becomes apparent, she says. “And the deeper conversations about what allyship and alliance really is, doesn’t happen.”
    https://www.usnews.com/news/national-news/articles/2021-05-25/a-year-after-george-floyds-killing-white-support-for-black-lives-matter-fades

    The principal of AHS casually opens this letter with ” Sadly, it seems like annually I am having to report some incident of bigotry, racism or hate speech…” as if he expects it.
    I don’t expect it, I can’t accept it and I hope more of us will stand up and make noise about it so that hate incidents in schools are treated with the urgency and outrage they ought to be treated with and the unimaginable harm to our Black and Jewish children is no longer an annual occurrence.

    Comment by activelyAntiracist — November 29, 2022 @ 9:51 am

  3. Blaming imbecilic and juvenile racist graffiti found in a school on a person of color who ran for the school board is unacceptable, and racially divisive -especially when only 1 in 3 of these types of incidents prove legitimately race related. Ask Jussie Smollett.

    Comment by Common Sense — November 29, 2022 @ 11:25 am

    • Your lack of reading comprehension is getting really concerning. Maybe try some app related drills to sharpen those up? Aging is rough on all of us.

      Comment by Lauren Do — November 29, 2022 @ 11:35 am


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