On September 23, Mona Bay High School in Norton Bay, Michigan suspended the school’s teaching of BLM (Black Lives Matter) movement and black issues. The school board stated that the curriculum of the BLM movement aims to cultivate students’ awareness of racial equality, thereby creating a harmonious and unified campus atmosphere.
However, the debate over whether to set up the BLM curriculum is now embroiled in a political feud between conservatives and radicals in American society. Several members of the conservative community see the BLM program as a political tool by radical teachers to “brainwash” students. In recent days, BLM-related classes at U.S. high schools have been boycotted by conservative parents, deepening a sense of “fragmentation” on U.S. campuses.
Conservatives prevent students from understanding black human rights issues.
According to Fox News, a school district in Sarasota County, Florida, USA played a cartoon animation supporting the BLM movement for students. The animation encourages students to participate in the “anti-police violence” protests and actively participate in the overall reform of the US police. In addition, the animation strongly praised the protests over the past few months caused by George Floyd’s “necked neck” death, which played a major role in promoting the reform of the police system in Minneapolis.
Many students who have watched the animation believe that the teaching of BLM sports is essential to their learning and growth. Booker Middle School student Nora Mitchell said: “Learning about the BLM movement gives each of us, especially the students of color, a great inspiration and strength.” However, many conservative parents in the school district expressed doubts and dissatisfaction with the school’s BLM curriculum. They believe that the school district’s intention to instill “left-wing” political ideology into students is contrary to the original intention of the school’s education-based responsibility.
A parent said: “If you (school) take the money, you should teach my child well and don’t try to brainwash him with your political opinions.” Bridget Ziegler, a member of the board of directors of the school district, also said that any politically oriented content should not be included in the teaching curriculum. She said: “Whether it is family planning, the right to life, the American Rifle Association, or the BLM movement-these should not be the content of public school teaching. They will only distract students and cause disagreements and disputes.”
Not only that, when the school district board of directors discussed the matter, the meeting scene was once in chaos. Some parents even shouted at the board members. A member of the board of directors of the school district said: “This is the most rude meeting I have experienced in 14 years.” At present, according to U.S. media reports, school districts in Florida, New York, Wisconsin and other places have been questioned and resisted by conservative parents when they teach black sports.
BLM teaching splits campus, conservative students are bullied on campus.
According to the website of The Journal News, a teacher at Westlake High School on the Mount Purson Wright campus in New York, USA, played a cartoon animation about the BLM movement for students while teaching. The animation depicts a slave owner, a member of a veterans organization, and a police officer with his knees against the neck of a black man. The teacher said that this video is intended to call on students to pay attention to the affirmative movement and jointly resist police violent enforcement actions.
However, parents of conservatives and radicals have had major differences in the setting of the school’s BLM curriculum, which has gradually “divided” the entire campus due to different political opinions. The parents of the Radical Party said that the BLM curriculum appropriately reflects the problems that society urgently needs to solve. In addition, given that 80% of the students in the SAR are white, it is important for the students to understand the black history and participate in discussions on equal rights issues. One student parent, Scott Whitfield, said that parents should give students more freedom and trust, and allow them to actively participate in the discussion of controversial social issues.
However, many conservative parents on the Mount Pusenwright campus believe that the school’s BLM curriculum is “deliberately provoking students’ anti-American sentiment” and is “very one-sided and full of loopholes.” The student’s parent Helen Papazzakis said: “These 16-year-old children are still growing up and are extremely vulnerable to outside influences, but the teachers here keep telling them that the United States is based on racial discrimination. On the country”.
Not only that, the school’s “feeling of fragmentation” has further incurred the problems of discrimination and bullying on the campus. At the school board meeting on September 17, many students stated that they planned to hold a protest march outside the school at 2 pm on September 18 in support of the BLM movement. This decision made many conservative students at the school confused. More seriously, some parents of students reported that conservative students often feel “very uncomfortable” because of their political opinions and find it difficult to integrate into the school community. They will even be humiliated or bullied by other students.
University professors went on strike to participate in the parade, students hope the management will take more effective measures.
The National Student Newspaper “The Scarlet & Black” reported that from September 8th to 9th, under the leadership of professors, faculty, school staff, and graduate students from all over the United States put their studies and research on hold On the side, actively participate in the protests and demonstrations in support of the BLM movement. During the strike, professors from various schools jointly organized lectures on anti-racism and black feminism. In addition, they also posted these lectures on the Youtube platform “Scholar Strike” channel, hoping to promote the widespread dissemination of the BLM movement.
Lucia Cheng, a student at Grinnell College, said that she was deeply influenced and inspired by the event. When talking about the school’s expectations on this matter, Lucia said that she hoped that “the school’s management can make more and more substantial changes.” She also expressed the hope that the school can add more content related to current issues in the curriculum.”