Monday, May 21, 2007

‘Culture’ no excuse for black kids’ verbal abuse

Abuse often begins in the home where we are taught that it is OK to control others by verbal and emotional abuse. It is certainly true in some rap music, even some country western music! It is true in some religions, and very true in authoritarian families where men believe they are above their women--to make matters worse, when we comply to make it better--we train them that abuse works!

What do you think of the school officials excusing the verbal abuse saying that the teacher ought to learn to live with it? | 05/20/2007 | ‘Culture’ no excuse for black kids’ verbal abuse: "The case concerned Elizabeth Kandrac, who was routinely verbally abused by black students at Brentwood Middle School in North Charleston. Their slurs make Don Imus look like a church deacon.

Nevertheless, despite frequent complaints, school officials did nothing to intervene on Kandrac’s behalf, arguing the racially charged profanity was simply part of the students’ culture. If Kandrac couldn’t handle cursing, school officials told her, she was in the wrong school.

Kandrac finally filed a complaint with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission and subsequently sued the Charleston County School District, the school’s principal and an associate superintendent. Last fall, jurors found that the school was a racially hostile environment to teach in and that the district retaliated against Kandrac for complaining about it."

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