The Jefferson Parish School Board in Louisiana is in all kinds of trouble these days.
According to Gawker, the school board is already under fire by the Southern Poverty Law Center for sending a disproportionate number of black and disabled students to the district’s alternative schools. But recent comments from one of its employees have upped the ante completely.
Mark Traina, a school psychologist for the above-mentioned alternative schools, launched into a virulently racist tirade through his twitter account earlier this year, declaring, “Young Black Thugs who won’t follow the law need to be put down not incarcerated. Put down like the Dogs they are!”
In fact, Traina’s twitter is littered with offensive gems like “Zimmerman was the real victim and he held his ground!,” and “We are faced with a young Black Army of Thugs who have declared War on the American Way of Life-Holding America Hostage as we speak.”
Remember; this man is a school psychologist at a predominantly black alternative school.
“Traina has responded to the allegations in comment threads on NOLA.com.
‘This is just another way to harass the Jefferson Parish Public School System. One only needs to read the Times Picayune to see who the real trouble makers are. Sadly, it is disproportionately young black males. Everyone knows that our jails throughout the United States are disproportionately filled with black people. Why would the rate be any different in an educational environment?’
In the rallying cry of racists everywhere, Traina added, ‘Everything I said is fact-based, backed up by data. I don’t have a prejudiced bone in my body. I’m not a racist. I’m a realist.'”
Jefferson Parish school superintendent James Meza says he has launched an investigation into Traina’s statements. Meanwhile, the U.S. Department of Education may be launching its own investigation into the district’s policies.
How can expect our youth to receive a quality education when their educators see them as “young black thugs” that need to be “put down?”
How pervasive is that opinion in the teacher’s lounges of America?
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