Meridian Star


April 6, 2014

Letters: Sunday, April 6, 2014

MERIDIAN — RE: Bringing back white children to MPSD

    I was in attendance of the Meridian City Council meeting on Tuesday, April 1, when Council President George Thomas stated to the newly elected Meridian Public School Board member Tishounna Knox; “What are you going to do to bring back white children to the Meridian Public School District?”  

    Under the circumstances, she answered admirably! However, the statement made by the councilman was degrading, disrespectful and demeaning to every black citizen and children affiliated with MPSD. The other council members should have been appalled and out right offended! If a black would have made that statement; God only knows the uproar!

    What are you trying to say? Don’t we have seventy-five percent of white teachers teaching in MPSD? Isn’t it true we have nearly seventy-five percent of all teachers in Lauderdale County whether they are at MSU, MCC, Lauderdale County Schools and the three local private schools in the county?  

    With that many white professionals teaching and governing the administrative affairs of education in this county (not to mention all the jobs acquired); shouldn’t the question have been, “What do we need to do to get more blacks in education in order to make sure black children are taught effectively in ways of bringing them to become more appreciative of the education process going on here in the county of Lauderdale?”

    It’s obvious white children are doing just fine here in Lauderdale County educationally. The question becomes; with the lack of education taking place here in Lauderdale County, especially in the MPSD District; shouldn’t our focus be upon what needs to be done to promote the value of education better in the black community?

    I don’t normally write on race in my articles; I primarily try to focus upon the data, which reflects the disparities between the races. Then I try to promote solutions to rectify the disparities! I was accused by a local radio personality of writing racial hatred and representing a special interest group; what I thought was astounding was; he refused to acknowledge when it comes to the children; every organization or agency has a special interest toward the funding which is available through serving the needs of children.

    Councilman Thomas, the type of venom you are spreading with these types of comments only shows your true intent as a representative of your special interest group! The only way to better educate children regardless of race is to stabilize their communities.  

    Remove the drugs, guns and gangs in their communities. Structure the activities after-school whereby the parents can be assured their children are safe and being cared for while out of school. Employ sensitive people who may understand what it’s like to grow up poor.  

    And finally, wait until all the Big Mamas, Paw Paws and Rednecks have died and gone on so the children won’t be affected by their culture and language dialects affecting the ability to code switch from Standard English to Community English. Teach young males, if athletics are going to be used as an avenue, money management literacy is a vital tool of understanding, to use their resources (if ever acquired) to come back home and invest wisely for the betterment of all communities; especially the ones they grew up in!

Rev. Randle L. Jennings

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