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School pulls patriotic song at graduation, but Justin Bieber's 'Baby' is OK
New York Post ^ | June 9, 2012 | Susan Edelman

Posted on 06/10/2012 6:13:28 AM PDT by Washi

A controversial Coney Island principal has pulled the plug on patriotism.

Her refusal to let students sing “God Bless the USA” at their graduation has sparked fireworks at a school filled with proud immigrants.

Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.

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She told the teachers to drop the song from the program.

“We don’t want to offend other cultures,” they quoted her as explaining.

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The DOE reprimanded her in 2010 after teachers complained she called the school “racist” and declared: “I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”

Scaperotti said Hawkins is being targeted by the teachers union and has received hate mail, which is under investigation by the NYPD.

(Excerpt) Read more at nypost.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; US: New York
KEYWORDS: censorship; culturalequivalence; ednacohenschool; godblesstheusa; gretahawkins; leegreenwood; ps90

1 posted on 06/10/2012 6:13:33 AM PDT by Washi
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To: Washi

So the Hate America First crowd is now “another culture”? OK.


2 posted on 06/10/2012 6:15:33 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Washi
“We don’t want to offend other cultures,”

WHAT other cultures? Did they immigrate here? Then they WANT to be Americans, right?

3 posted on 06/10/2012 6:19:40 AM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: Washi

unfrickenbelievable. Fire the principal, get rid of the teachers union, disband the Department of Education and crap like this won’t be happening like it is which would have been absurd to think about 20-30 years ago.


4 posted on 06/10/2012 6:19:43 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

That one is doubly offensive, it invokes God and country.

They will never control all the people until they have them totally dependent on the government.


5 posted on 06/10/2012 6:19:58 AM PDT by tiki
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To: Washi

I’d love to see the look on her face if everyone in the assembly stood up and sung it a capella.


6 posted on 06/10/2012 6:20:59 AM PDT by MAexile (Bats left, votes right)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
So,

She's a racist, anti-semite, black muslim ... right?

Workin' towards the presidency, no doubt

7 posted on 06/10/2012 6:21:12 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Washi

Fire the SOB.

Now.

A principal a pimple on the festering sore of public education.


8 posted on 06/10/2012 6:22:21 AM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: Washi

Principal Greta Hawkins has just saved someone a lot of time and money investigating just exactly who the village idiot is.


9 posted on 06/10/2012 6:22:35 AM PDT by EandH Dad (sleeping giants wake up REALLY grumpy)
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To: Washi
Read her reviews at Teacher Voice / Principal Reviews. Of the 16 teachers reviewing her, 12 gave her a 1 out of 10 score! Many complain she is a virulent racist. Here's the newest review dated April 28 this year:

Overall principal rating by this teacher: 1
Guides teachers to be successful: 1
Supports and encourages teachers: 1
Values teachers' input: 1
Recognizes staff for a job well done: 1
Treats staff fairly: 1
Acts with integrity and respect: 1
Provides clear objectives: 1
Is organized: 1
Is flexible: 1

One-line Summary:
Toxic place to work.

Please review this principal in your own words:
Greta Hawkins is vindictive and malicious towards everyone who is not in her close circle of trusted employes until she decides they are no longer useful to her. What advice would you give to a teacher working with this principal? Don't work here. Find another place as far away as possible. For your peace of mind and job security.

10 posted on 06/10/2012 6:23:03 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Washi
Read her reviews at Teacher Voice / Principal Reviews. Of the 16 teachers reviewing her, 12 gave her a 1 out of 10 score! Many complain she is a virulent racist. Here's the newest review dated April 28 this year:

Overall principal rating by this teacher: 1
Guides teachers to be successful: 1
Supports and encourages teachers: 1
Values teachers' input: 1
Recognizes staff for a job well done: 1
Treats staff fairly: 1
Acts with integrity and respect: 1
Provides clear objectives: 1
Is organized: 1
Is flexible: 1

One-line Summary:
Toxic place to work.

Please review this principal in your own words:
Greta Hawkins is vindictive and malicious towards everyone who is not in her close circle of trusted employes until she decides they are no longer useful to her.

What advice would you give to a teacher working with this principal?
Don't work here. Find another place as far away as possible. For your peace of mind and job security.

11 posted on 06/10/2012 6:23:40 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Washi

“We don’t want to offend other cultures,”

People say this as if THEY practice American culture. They are mistaken.


12 posted on 06/10/2012 6:23:40 AM PDT by ryan71
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To: Washi

Defund the NEA and bust the teachers unions. They are a disgrace!


13 posted on 06/10/2012 6:26:19 AM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: Washi

Her remark, “I’m black, your previous principal was white and jewish. More of us are coming.” should have not ended with her being reprimanded, she should have had a permanent vacation. If a white principal was working in let’s say Newark NJ where there is a high black population in the school, and the white anglo saxon principal said, “I’m white, your previous principal was black. More of us white people are coming.” It’s not hard to figure out what would happen to this white principal in Newark NJ. He’’d be fired, and Sharpton and Jessie Jackson would scold him and make him pay resitution and reparations for the “damage” he caused to the children and “every black person in America”. That white principal’s reputation would be ruined for life and imagine the death threats he would receive. It would likely be worse than Zimmerman’s death threats.


14 posted on 06/10/2012 6:26:30 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Washi

Justin Beiber’s baby? I thought the punk was queer.


15 posted on 06/10/2012 6:27:32 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

In the era of affirmitive action, and quotas, do you really think feedback ratings like this really matter?


16 posted on 06/10/2012 6:29:20 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
Greta Hawkins is vindictive and malicious towards everyone who is not in her close circle of trusted employes until she decides they are no longer useful to her. What advice would you give to a teacher working with this principal? Don't work here. Find another place as far away as possible. For your peace of mind and job security.

Sounds awfully similar to the tactics of one Barry Soetoro. Obama has his close circle in his administration and they serve him until they are not useful anymore or can cover for his wrong doings, he will throw them under the bus.

17 posted on 06/10/2012 6:30:32 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Washi

She is worthless. All she has going for her is her color, which she wields like a sword.

Thank you teacher unions for letting scum like this flourish and run unfettered among children.


18 posted on 06/10/2012 6:32:32 AM PDT by Cowgirl of Justice
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To: catfish1957

you’d expect someone to “talk” to the principal considering that many 1 star ratings she received from the very teachers that work under her at that school. This is the very reason the teachers union needs to go as they don’t even do their job, and defund and disband the NEA and DOE.


19 posted on 06/10/2012 6:34:05 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Washi

Contact info for their school district supervisor?

Who does the racist anti-American freak answer to?


20 posted on 06/10/2012 6:34:37 AM PDT by treetopsandroofs (Had FDR been GOP, there would have been no World Wars, just "The Great War" and "Roosevelt's Wars".)
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To: Blue Highway
Yeah, you'd expect that. But I am sure there is a spineless Superintendent and school board who shrink at the thought of a lawsuit, and associated publicity here.

And I do agree that the teachers union needs to go, but generally principals are considered management, so my guess is union rules wouldn't apply to her.

21 posted on 06/10/2012 6:39:22 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: catfish1957
Justin Beiber’s baby? I thought the punk was queer.

He does have a girlfriend but it might be for show just like Charlie Crist. His clothes look a little "flamboyant" if you will.

22 posted on 06/10/2012 6:45:13 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

“I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”
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Somehow that say’s it all.


23 posted on 06/10/2012 6:47:18 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: catfish1957

All the more reason the Superintendant should be scared of a lawsuit against them after this story. The parents of the kids and the teachers should file a joint lawsuit seeking damages of having to be exposed to a racist and demeaning nutjob like this black racist principal.


24 posted on 06/10/2012 6:50:00 AM PDT by Blue Highway
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To: Washi
Scaperotti said Hawkins is being targeted by the teachers union...

Uhhh, as much as I despise unions, the actual article accuses the union of unfairly attacking the principal (that is the district's excuse for not listening to the complaints... because she is being "targeted" by the local union). How some of you can turn this into an anti-union screed doesn't help conservatives or union-busters at all. It just makes us look like idiots, when we bash the union for doing the right thing here...

25 posted on 06/10/2012 6:51:06 AM PDT by Charles H. (The_r0nin) (Hwaet! Lar bith maest hord, sothlice!)
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To: Blue Highway

I think it is a ruse. Elton John kept it quiet for awhile too. And they seem to dress alike.


26 posted on 06/10/2012 6:52:26 AM PDT by catfish1957 (My dream for hope and change is to see the punk POTUS in prison for treason)
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To: Blue Highway

The purple is a marketing thing to appeal to his demographic. He has a stylist making these choices. Also, the high profile girlfriend/boyfriend thing is an entertainment staple, even in old Hollywood. It’s good PR for both careers.


27 posted on 06/10/2012 6:53:33 AM PDT by newzjunkey (I advocate separation of school and sport)
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To: Blue Highway

“black racist principal”

Same as Obama and Holder.....All doing their best to turn America into a place where our traditional culture and values are tramples on


28 posted on 06/10/2012 6:54:42 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Washi
Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90, the Edna Cohen School, won’t allow kindergartners to belt out the beloved Lee Greenwood ballad, also known as “Proud to be an American,” at their moving-up ceremony.
Greta Hawkins, principal of PS 90

Five classes spent months learning the patriotic song, which skyrocketed in popularity after the 9/11 attacks and the 2003 invasion of Iraq.

It was to be the rousing finale of their musical show at the June 20 commencement. The kids, dressed up for their big day, would wave tiny American flags — which, as the lyrics proclaim, “still stand for freedom.”

But Hawkins marched in on a recent rehearsal and ordered a CD playing the anthem to be shut off, staffers said.


Read more: http://www.nypost.com/p/news/local/brooklyn/school_silences_patriotic_song_xdunXcLPbE8S2rAEcZoUiP#ixzz1xOm1xmOt

29 posted on 06/10/2012 6:56:26 AM PDT by dennisw
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To: Washi
Blacks are more racist than Whites

~ Larry Elder, "The Ten Things You Can't Say In America"

30 posted on 06/10/2012 6:56:53 AM PDT by Old Sarge (RIP FReeper Skyraider (1930-2011) - You Are Missed)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom
What's interesting is that she gets either 1's or 10's, not much in between. This indicates that if you're in her little clique, then you're golden, and if you're not then she makes your life hell.

I'm going to guess that the criteria for getting into her "in" group involves melanin and ideology.

31 posted on 06/10/2012 6:57:58 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: Washi

Haven’t been to Brooklyn in a long time, but I imagine that we underestimate the power and scope of the “proud immigrants”.

Maybe the problem is not this cowardly principal but the people backing her.

She can’t be acting on her own, I don’t think.


32 posted on 06/10/2012 7:02:19 AM PDT by stanne
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To: Venturer
“I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”

The "more of us are coming" also implies that she's in a school with mostly-white faculty, a defect she aims to "fix".

33 posted on 06/10/2012 7:02:32 AM PDT by PapaBear3625 (If I can't be persuasive, I at least hope to be fun.)
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To: PapaBear3625

melanin, ideology...those are key, no doubt. But you must also have the proper servile “Yes Ma’am” attitude.


34 posted on 06/10/2012 7:04:41 AM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Cowgirl of Justice

The wife taught in a Panther-Run School like this for a few years. The Principal wasn’t one, but was so scared of these women (and her Job, should she come down on them), that she let them run wild over the staff.

One day, when the leader of this pack of wolves was doing her racist thing, the wife played her American Indiana card. I’m told the stuttering and stammering from these people was a sight to see. They didn’t know how to respond when the tactics they used, were used against them.

The district eventually closed the school, and broke up that crowd, rather than confront them directly.


35 posted on 06/10/2012 7:09:54 AM PDT by tcrlaf (Election 2012: THE RAPTURE OF THE DEMOCRATS)
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To: Washi

“I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish. More of us are coming.”

This is one of the outcomes of electing an affirmative action president. This message has become common from various black constituencies. All that you have to do is show up and you will be annointed. E pluribus unum seems like a long time ago.


36 posted on 06/10/2012 7:13:24 AM PDT by CheneyClone
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To: Washi
3 guesses as to who(m) she does not want to "Offend?"

Rage_Boy_OMS

37 posted on 06/10/2012 7:21:45 AM PDT by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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To: Washi
Does anyone recall the school in Texas where they tried to ban the prayer at football games and the people just spontaneously stood up and started reciting the lords Prayer?
38 posted on 06/10/2012 7:59:04 AM PDT by ontap
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To: Washi

City scolds Coney Island principal Greta Hawkins for offending staffers
By Ben Chapman / DAILY NEWS WRITER
Wednesday, September 29, 2010, 4:00 AM

A Coney Island principal has been disciplined for making remarks that “offended” some staffers at a mandatory school meeting, the Daily News has learned.

Principal Greta Hawkins of Public School 90 made several remarks about “white” and “Jewish” staffers, an investigation by the Department of Education’s Office of Equal Opportunity (OEO) found.

Hawkins, who is black, is a graduate of Mayor Bloomberg’s elite Leadership Academy, which trains new principals.

As punishment, Hawkins is getting a letter of reprimand in her file and will have to attend training with the OEO, officials said.

“Principal Hawkins likely had good intentions, but it’s obvious that she handled this situation poorly and offended some of her staff,” said DOE spokeswoman Margie Feinberg.

Hawkins took the helm of the 80% minority school on W. 12th St. last September.

The school’s three previous principals were white and Jewish. Only three of the school’s 50 teachers are African-American or Hispanic.

Hawkins addressed the issue of race at a June 10 meeting in the school auditorium, and many of her staff didn’t like what she said.

“I’m black. Your previous principal was white and Jewish,” said Hawkins, according to the DOE investigation. “More of us are coming.”

A dozen teachers and two paraprofessionals who were at the meeting filed a complaint about Hawkins’ remarks in June.

They alleged that Hawkins called the school a “racist building,” but the DOE did not substantiate that claim.

Teachers are split on whether Hawkins’ punishment is appropriate.

“If I said those things, I’d be fired,” said a teacher who wouldn’t give her name because she fears retribution. “The principal should be removed. She divided the staff, and she’s ruining the school.”

Parents are concerned that the controversy is interfering with their children’s education.

“I’m hopeful that this whole incident will go away and we’ll grow from it,” said Imah Ponce, of Coney Island, who has a daughter in sixth grade in the school. “The principal may have chosen the wrong words, but I don’t think she’s racist.”

Hawkins didn’t return calls for comment


39 posted on 06/10/2012 8:12:59 AM PDT by MindBender26 (America can survive 4 years of Romney. She cannot survive another 4 years of an unfettered Obama!)
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To: ProtectOurFreedom

So the Hate America First crowd is now “another culture”?

^^
Good one.


40 posted on 06/10/2012 8:32:08 AM PDT by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: PapaBear3625

The important thing to understand it that if a whiote principla made a statement like that he would be gone the next day. She can make it with impunity. Because WE are the racists.


41 posted on 06/10/2012 1:44:37 PM PDT by Venturer
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