The city of Irving, Texas is having a difficult time with its school district. It has nothing to do with the kids or teachers.
It's about race.
Irving's racial makeup has changed over the years. The majority of folks who live there now (legally or illegally) are Hispanic. Whites follow, with blacks in third.
Irving's School Board has seven positions. They are elected district wide - all voters select all school board positions (called an 'at-large' system). This has become a point of contention. It is a fact that a higher percentage of Whites vote in down ballot elections (such as school boards) than Hispanics or Blacks, and so the school board members have almost universally been White.
Hispanics and Blacks have been in an uproar over this, stating that the racial makeup of the school board should reflect the racial makeup of the student population. (They seem to fail to realize that this is a product of the members of their 'races' not showing up at the polls in numbers that represent that racial makeup.) Hispanics and Blacks are pushing for the adoption of single member districts, where voters would only be able to vote on a single school board member. These districts would be drawn to pretty much guarantee a specific number of Hispanics and Blacks be seated on the school board.
Now, I am not going to voice an opinion on that. There are positives and negatives to both sides of that argument.
What I am thoroughly disgusted with is the race baiting that has been building over this.
The latest component - NAACP Irving leader Anthony Bond (for some unexplained reason) has weighed in with his totally logical, thoughtful solution to the issue.
He has called for students to be instructed to disrupt classrooms in protest of the situation.
"We've got to demonstrate to these kids that we're not going to let a bunch of white people dictate to the majority." - Anthony Bond, media interview regarding Irving, 1/13/12
Wow. So, according to a leader of the NAACP, a minority cannot exert pressure on a majority. That kind of throws the whole Civil Rights movement into the garbage can, doesn't it? Or, does that only apply when the people he thinks he represents are the majority? (Funny that the NAACP does not represent the race in the majority in Irving - Hispanics).
Can you imagine the furor that would result if a White person in a position of authority had said "We've got to demonstrate to these kids that we're not going to let a bunch of black people dictate to the majority"? Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton would be fighting each other trying to get here first to lead the marches and riots in protest. Why is it OK for a black person in a position of authority to say it?