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Trayvon Martin Day’ Indoctrination in D.C.
FrontPage Magazine ^ | May 30, 2012 | Arnold Ahlert

Posted on 05/30/2012 5:20:08 AM PDT by SJackson

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‘Trayvon Martin Day’ Indoctrination in D.C.

Posted By Arnold Ahlert On May 30, 2012 @ 12:35 am In Daily Mailer,FrontPage | 29 Comments

In an event that illuminates the ongoing politicization of the nation’s public schools, Malcolm X Elementary school in Washington D.C. held an event called “Trayvon Martin Day” last Friday. “The children at Malcolm X know the name Trayvon Martin,” principal, J. Harrison Coleman told WJLA-TV. “They know the incident. They know it basically because of what’s in the news but because of what they experience every day.” The event was framed as part of an ongoing effort by the school called “Let’s Keep Our Children Safe.”  But the slant of the agenda was clarified when Coleman announced that every adult who attended the seminar would receive an Arizona Iced Tea and each student would get a bag of Skittles, items Martin had purchased prior to his confrontation with George Zimmerman.

The day was framed as a “teachable moment” with respect to an anti-bullying campaign. Yet once again, Diane Woods, a special-education teacher and the school’s anti-bullying coordinator, framed the incident in a manner that aligns itself, either inadvertently or by design, with a version of the confrontation that remain in dispute. She believes the incident would have ended differently if Zimmerman had walked away. “A child lost his life,” Woods said. “It may not be a racial thing here…And we see so much anger and aggression here…It starts with hitting now, and it leads to more deaths when they get older. And that’s what we’re trying to avoid.”

Apparently the school is also trying to avoid dealing with the possibility that Zimmerman did indeed walk away and was pursued by Martin regardless of his retreat. On March 26, the Orlando Sentinel published an account of the story where Zimmerman claimed he was walking away when Martin approached him from behind, and the two men exchanged words. Martin then allegedly punched Zimmerman in the nose, knocking him to the ground, got on top of Zimmerman and began beating him. “That is the account Zimmerman gave police, and much of it has been corroborated by witnesses, authorities say,” reported the Sentinel. “There have been no reports that a witness saw the initial punch Zimmerman told police about.”

An accurate account? It’s difficult to say for certain at this juncture, which is precisely the point. Thus, it is more than a little ironic that a Trayvon Martin Day to promote anti-bullying was named after the man who may turn out to have been the bully.

Such a possibility was apparently irrelevant for principal Coleman. “I wanted to do something in recognition of Trayvon Martin,” she said. “I wanted to capture this incident in order to bring about change…This wasn’t about…dealing with who’s right or who’s wrong” with regard to the incident. That’s nonsense. The implication of an “anti-bullying” event named Trayvon Martin Day is about as subtle as a sledgehammer: Martin is the victim, Zimmerman is the the bully, and his claim of self-defense is not credible.

Ms. Coleman and other school officials are certainly entitled to draw whatever conclusions they choose to draw from the incident. Yet foisting those conclusions on schools students–at the elementary level no less–constitutes nothing more than progressive activism masquerading itself as anti-bullying education.

Malcom X Elementary school is not an isolated case. March 30th was “Hoodie Day” at at Longfellow School in Berkeley, CA, and in teacher Erin Schweng’s class, students were also provided with skittles and Arizona Tea. “We talked about what happened, and how what we’re doing today is just a small thing but that it shows solidarity and support,” said Schweng. “Our middle school students are young people with heart, passion, and a budding activism all their own,” he added. Students at West Orange H.S. in New Jersey also participated in Hoodie Day, again with the blessing of  Superintendent of West Orange Schools Dr. Anthony Cavanna. “It speaks to who they are, they’ve identified a social justice issue, they’ve taken it on and we want to support that to the extent that we can support that,” he said. William Penn High School in Delaware changed the school dress code for one day, allowing students to wear hoodies. Colonial School District Superintendent Dorothy Linn also used the term “teachable moment” to describe the demonstration.

What ought to be “teachable moments”? One might be the presumption of innocence until proven guilty beyond all reasonable doubt. Another would be the media’s irresponsible rush to judgement, including ABC’s contention that Zimmerman had no marks on his body, NBC’s editing of the 911 audio designed to make Zimmerman look like a racist, and CNN’s report that Zimmerman said “coon,” not “cold,” all of which were subsequently debunked. Still another might be Al Sharpton’s dual role as racial agitator and MSNBC pundit, completely mocking anything resembling responsible journalism. And maybe students might be made aware of the complete disregard for the law demonstrated by the New Black Panthers who put a $10,000 bounty on George Zimmerman’s head.

Even more compelling, especially in Washington D.C., might be the idea of giving children an education at all. D.C. public schools have not only produced some of the worst performance results of any school system in the nation, they are also number one regarding the achievement gap between black and white students among the nation’s major urban school systems.

Trayvon Martin Day will not alter that reality by one iota.

Slowly but surely this nation has allowed its public school system to be hijacked by progressives and their union enablers. Two of the top ten all-time political donors between the years 1989-2012 are the National Education Association (NEA) and the American Federation of Teachers (AFT). The NEA has spent $41,412,233 in campaign contributions, 74 percent of which went to Democrats, 5 percent to Republicans. The AFT ponied up $33,615,766 in contributions, 87 percent of which went to Democrats and nothing went to Republicans. Furthermore, 2011 financial disclosure forms filed by the NEA revealed the union spent $88 million on items the Wall Street Journal characterized as “a honey pot for left-wing political causes that have nothing to do with teachers, much less students.”

Thus it is no surprise, as epitomized by Trayvon Martin Day, that American’s public school students are being held hostage to the dissemination of progressive policies being promoting as education. In short, children are being taught what to think, not how to think. And while one might make a marginal case for attempting to slant the worldview of students in high school when they are old enough to defend themselves, indoctrinating elementary school children is nothing short of despicable.

That’s the real teachable moment here.

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Would it be insensitive of me to suggest that naming a school after a racist like Malcolm X might send the wrong message as well.
1 posted on 05/30/2012 5:20:15 AM PDT by SJackson
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To: SJackson

Yep. A school named Malcolm X is more disturbing than Skittles and “tea”. UGH!


2 posted on 05/30/2012 5:23:04 AM PDT by greatvikingone
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To: SJackson

Will the principal also teach the kids how to turn their Iced Tea and Skittles into LEAN, like Trayvon did?

Trayvon Martin is America’s Horst Wessel.


3 posted on 05/30/2012 5:25:56 AM PDT by Venturer
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To: SJackson
Skittles, Arizona Iced Tea, Robitussin = ‘Drank’ Or ‘Lean’

It’s highly intoxicating and the side affects are severe.

4 posted on 05/30/2012 5:29:21 AM PDT by Clint N. Suhks
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To: SJackson

Could black culture choosing who to emulate get any worse?


5 posted on 05/30/2012 5:30:43 AM PDT by ZX12R (FUBO GTFO 2012 !)
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To: SJackson

They’re gay for Tray!


6 posted on 05/30/2012 5:34:46 AM PDT by equaviator (There's nothing like the universe to bring you down to earth.)
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To: SJackson
Malcom X Elementary ?
7 posted on 05/30/2012 5:45:05 AM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks
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To: SJackson

They know it from “what they experience every day”??

In a black city, with black teachers, black mayor and black officials, school named after a black, black president of the USA, government programs for blacks ....

The quote is the racist fantasy they have drummed in their heads every day.


8 posted on 05/30/2012 5:46:00 AM PDT by Williams (Nobama)
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To: SJackson

More anti-white nonsense from the Left, which is basically all they have for ideas anymore, the holocaust of whites. But thank god for the kids over at National Review who can side with the left against Americans.


9 posted on 05/30/2012 5:47:20 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: SJackson
Coleman announced that every adult who attended the seminar would receive an Arizona Iced Tea and each student would get a bag of Skittles

...and a chance to beat up a smaller hispanic.

10 posted on 05/30/2012 5:47:29 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: SJackson

I love this.

“She believes the incident would have ended differently if Zimmerman had walked away”

This may be news for some, but the Trayvon-like thugs don’t let you walk away. They just sucker punch you from behind, or as we call it in the Lou, The Knockout Game.

Besides, Zimmerman didn’t have to walk away. It was his GD neighborhood, not some visiting dope-dealing, street-fighting, no-limits sociopath.


11 posted on 05/30/2012 5:48:51 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: Molon Labbie

Imagine if Tray had been in school....


12 posted on 05/30/2012 5:52:46 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: SJackson
every adult who attended the seminar would receive an Arizona Iced Tea and each student would get a bag of Skittles

They forgot the cough syrup.

(Search "trayvon dxm".)

13 posted on 05/30/2012 5:54:49 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Cloud storage? Dropbox rocks! Sign up at http://db.tt/nQqWGd3 for 2GB free (and I get more too).)
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To: SJackson
“I wanted to capture this incident in order to bring about change"

You wanna bring about change? Then discourage kids from entering a "gangsta" lifestyle, idiot!

14 posted on 05/30/2012 6:03:23 AM PDT by NRA1995 (I'll cling to my religion, cigars and guns till they're pried from my cold dead fingers!)
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To: SJackson
” But the slant of the agenda was clarified when Coleman announced that every adult who attended the seminar would receive an Arizona Iced Tea and each student would get a bag of Skittles”

If they wanted to honor TraDmark they should have handed out Arizona Watermelon Punch, because that is what he was carrying, not tea.

15 posted on 05/30/2012 6:06:37 AM PDT by Beagle8U (Free Republic -- One stop shopping ....... It's the Conservative Super WalMart for news .)
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To: Sacajaweau

Dog, skool iz fo suckas. /s


16 posted on 05/30/2012 6:09:49 AM PDT by Molon Labbie (Prep. Now. Live Healthy, take your Shooting Iron daily.)
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To: ctdonath2

I think we need to start using trayvon (v.t.) in regular language to describe racist hoodlum-related activity, as in....

The larger of the two decided to trayvon the other to exact personal satisfaction for his perceived disadvantages in life.


17 posted on 05/30/2012 6:13:21 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: Williams
They know it from “what they experience every day”??

In a black city, with black teachers, black mayor and black officials, school named after a black, black president of the USA, government programs for blacks ....

No one hates black people as much as other black people.

18 posted on 05/30/2012 6:29:24 AM PDT by Steely Tom (If the Constitution can be a living document, I guess a corporation can be a person.)
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To: SJackson
students were also provided with skittles and Arizona Tea.

what??? no marijuana and blunts??? Trayvon would be insulted.

19 posted on 05/30/2012 7:33:04 AM PDT by Uncle Chip
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To: SJackson
This article is rife with the black paradigm of racist america. Among so many blatant fantasies, the following is in the top five of the most egregious:

“They know the incident. They know it basically because of what’s in the news but because of what they experience every day.”

(By the way, the grammar in the above citation is awful.)

So, the reality in black america, as seen every day by black youths educated in Malcolm X Elementary, is that Non-blacks are daily chasing members of their class (albeit 17-year-olds in elementary are not that unusual /s) and murdering them for sport.

I didn't think people could make up this crap, but again, I was wrong.

20 posted on 05/30/2012 7:44:41 AM PDT by Thommas (The snout of the camel is in the tent..)
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To: SJackson
“Trayvon Martin Day”

I'm waiting for another national holiday.

FMCDH(BITS)

21 posted on 05/30/2012 7:52:22 AM PDT by nothingnew (I fear for my Republic due to marxist influence in our government. Open eyes/see)
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To: SJackson

“She believes the incident would have ended differently if Zimmerman had walked away.”

I’d like to have someone pin her down, pound her skull into the sidewalk, and see if she can walk away.


22 posted on 05/30/2012 9:30:59 AM PDT by Tublecane
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To: SJackson

The kids know the name of Trayvon Martin; do they perchance know the names of George Washington Carver, Booker T. Washington, Walter E. Williams or Lloyd Marcus?


23 posted on 05/30/2012 9:59:08 AM PDT by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: Steely Tom
No one hates black people as much as other black people.

And we know who they hate even more.

24 posted on 05/30/2012 11:54:39 AM PDT by thulldud (Is it "alter or abolish" time yet?)
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