“They said we could wear it on any other day, but today is sensitive to Mexican Americans because it’s supposed to be their holiday so we were not allowed to wear it today,” Daniel Galli said. The boys said the administrators called their t-shirts “incendiary” that would lead to fights on campus. “They said if we tried to go back to class with our shirts not taken off, they said it was defiance and we would get suspended,” Dominic Maciel, Galli’s friend, said.
Friday, May 7, 2010
It's time for civil disobedience.
There are a few things that anyone can notice about American so-called "liberal activists". They often proclaim their moral and intellectual superiority over the middle-class, dismiss any one disagreeing with them as stupid and racist, while demand everyone to notice their non-conformism and they delight in "getting in your face" - whether through insulting "art" or "civil disobedience". It's fair to notice that liberals hate nothing more than their own weapons are turned against them.
Among the many tools that absolutely infuriate the left is, of course, civil disobedience used against them. If the Tea Party activists can show themselves as the working men fighting the oppressive establishment, while painting the left-wing activists as the establishment storm troopers slash mercenaries - you will most likely provoke the left to become hysterical if not outright violent. And if we can show ourselves as people struggling for basic human rights - well, I believe the left will implode from the impotent rage.
So, lets take a few real life examples and check how we can use the Alinsky's tools to our advantage. In the last week, American people were treated to a couple of rather nasty cases of left-wing racism and intolerance. The first example concerns a left-wing school principal in Michigan who organized a school space science tour exclusively for black kids, while kids of all other races were forbidden to participate. When the privileged kids returned from the segregated tour, they were booed by all other kids. The school principal who was responsible for the segregation screamed at the kids who dared to question his racist policies. The school officials stood behind him and the principal is unapologetic.
I believe this is a very good teaching moment both for the privileged kids who were taken to the tour, and for the kids who were forbidden from the tour due to their race. The kids that went to the tour made a decision to support the oppressive racist power structure. Everyone should ask himself - if I were a white man in the South during the segregation time - would I have chosen to sit with the black people in the back of the bus, or would I have used my white privilege? Would I have patronised the restaurants that did not serve the black people? These are basic moral questions that each kid has to ask himself.
And these questions should not be directed only to white people - but to people of all races. Would you choose to profit from racism? The kids that went to the segregated tour made their choice, and they must be fully explained what this choice means to them. For one, all other kids should demonstrate their outrage by the behaviour of their classmates, and this could mean boycotts and other non-violent means of civil protest. Every kid that chose to go to a segregated tour should apologize to his classmates for his betrayal of decency.
On the other side, the real culprit of racism is the school's principal. The goal of the community must be his immediate dismissal. It's unlikely that the establishment powers will allow this happen without a fight, which means the parents of all affected kids as well as civil rights activists must stage a peaceful take over of the school, particularly of the Principal's office. The non-negotiable demand must be immediate firing of the principal, and tolerance training for all teachers. This action must be taken with massive publicity - I believe it is possible to invite the journalists from around the nation - and I would be very surprised if Fox News would not send their TV crews to broadcast to the entire country what is happening in one little school, where people said enough to racism.
The second event that happened this week is no less bizarre. According to pajamasmedia, "Five students at a California high school were forced to leave school and then face disciplinary action yesterday for the crime of wearing clothing printed with American flag designs." The school Vice- Principal who made the decision to punish kids who wore American flag to American school funded by American taxpayers, claims that American flag was hateful. Pajamasmedia continues:
The response of school officials to threats of violence from the school anti-American bigots of Mexican origin was swift - they forbade the wearing of American flag. Some of the haters did not hesitate to go on record. “I think they should apologize cause it is a Mexican Heritage Day,” Annicia Nunez, a Live Oak High student, said. “We don’t deserve to be get disrespected like that. We wouldn’t do that on Fourth of July.”
As the reader can see, the school is not only permissive of anti-American racist attitude of some students - they even nurture and protect it. It's very unlikely that the school's failure to combat racism is accidental. At the very least, the school's principal, vice-principal and all responsible figures must be immediately fired. The kids who exposed themselves as racists must be required to take tolerance classes, which should include American history, American Constitution and the like. The current leadership will not do what is necessary without being forced by the local progressive community and activists. Again, as in the case with segregated space tour - parents, community leaders and the civil rights activists must occupy the school (particularly the Principal's office) and demand the immediate resignation of all responsible for this travesty. It is also necessary to bring in the mass media, and to get some support from the rank-n-file local police. In both cases, the Tea Party activists and the local Republican Party must provide all necessary aid in order to organize the acts of civil disobedience against the education establishment.
In case someone is wondering how serious I am about these proposals - I want to share a little bit of my personal story. Both my grandfathers and my grandmother were sent to Stalin's forced labor camps in the USSR. Both of my parents experienced racism and anti-semitism in the USSR due to the ethnicity - they are both half-Jewish - this involved discrimination for school admission, jobs, etc. I was born, raised and educated in Russia, so the story of racism in my native country is quite personal for me. After I had come to the USA, I was dumbfounded that instead of freedom and equal rights I saw exactly same attitude - except this time I and my children are discriminated not because of their Jewish heritage, but because of their skin color. In other words, I have absolutely no guilt feeling about the black history in America - and I have all the outrage and anger of an innocent man who is been discriminated against solely due to his skin color. Any race monger from the DNC will get zero concessions from me on the subject of race and "affirmative action". So, if any liberal comes to my website and tries to guilt me - I can say only one thing - he will get more cooperation from a rock than he will ever get from me.