Teacher Unions Call School Openings “Racist,” “White Privilege,” And “White Supremacy” Despite Disproportionate Negative Effects On Underprivileged Minorities And Rampant Mental Health Crises

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Last week the head of a Washington state teacher’s union said that returning to in-person learning is “white supremacy” and “white privilege.”

And a while back The Chicago Teacher’s Union tweeted (and then deleted) that returning to in-person learning is “racist” and “sexist.”

Well that’s incredibly interesting considering it’s literally the exact opposite of “white privilege.”

It is disproportionately negatively impacting underprivileged minorities.

It’s just common sense. I mean, if you think about it, a person with “white privilege” just hires a tutor, finds a private school, or homeschools their kids when schools are closed. But underprivileged minorities who may not have those same options fall further behind, score more poorly, and don’t get the help or services they need to succeed. And plenty of regular people recognize this common sense. Some users responded to the Chicago Teacher’s Union statement with tweets like, “Then why are minority parents suing in California saying virtual learning has left their children behind? You say you care about your students, but you clearly don’t.”

But it’s not just common sense.

The science backs up the common sense. The science, which the Left supposedly worships, says that coronavirus school closures “will also worsen racial and economic inequalities,” according to reports cited in an article by CNBC.

Consider all the underprivileged families who utilize school enrollment for services and support programs. School lunch programs. Speech services. Counseling services. After school care programs. Library and internet access. Those go away when the school is closed. And low-income minorities suffer from those closures.

According to a study quoted in the article,

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“Thirty percent of all K-12 public school students, about 15 million to 16 million children, live in homes that don’t have an internet connection or an adequate device for distant learning at home.”

And another report determined that the lack of internet access and the inadequate learning setting at home points to lower-income Black and Hispanic American children being negatively impacted.

So does it sound “racist” and “white privileged” to deny adequate learning to millions of kids, the majority of whom are statistically lower-income minorities? I mean, it does actually kind of sound racist, but not in the way they’re thinking. Sounds like they are specifically denying particular low-income minority demographics the services that would afford them future educational and economic successes. So yeah, I guess it does kind of sound racist.

And there’s even a whole different angle to consider.

The mental health of the children.

The New York Times just ran a story titled, “Surge of Student Suicides Pushes Las Vegas Schools to Reopen.”

“Superintendents across the nation are weighing the benefit of in-person education against the cost of public health, watching teachers and staff become sick and, in some cases, die, but also seeing the psychological and academic toll that school closings are having on children nearly a year in. The risk of student suicides has quietly stirred many district leaders, leading some, like the state superintendent in Arizona, to cite that fear in public pleas to help mitigate the virus’s spread.”

Juxtaposed with the incredibly low Covid death rate in children, the Clark County superintendent admitted that “the uptick in children taking their lives” showed Clark County officials that “it wasn’t just the Covid numbers we need to look at anymore.” Yeah, there’s been a lot of “collateral damage” that has been disregarded during this pandemic. Like millions of lives destroyed. Millions of businesses destroyed. Millions of futures destroyed.

Likewise, The Washington Post reported,

“Mental health problems account for a growing proportion of children’s visits to hospital emergency rooms, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. From March, when the pandemic was declared, to October, the figure was up 31 percent for those 12 to 17 years old and 24 percent for children ages 5 to 11 compared with the same period in 2019.”

And yet, with all this evidence, teacher unions hold the educational future of millions of children hostage with their ridiculous anti-scientific and anti-common sense sentiments. And to add insult to injury, the schools still get your tax dollars.