During a virtual board meeting, Charda Bell-Fontenot, vice president of the La Mesa-Spring Valley Board of Education, started throwing around accusations of white supremacy and racism against her fellow board members for wanting to reopen the schools. We know about this because a video of the meeting was posted on Facebook. In the end, the board voted 4-1 to reopen schools. That was after Bell-Fontenot made comments like this:
“We can’t just say that kids can go back in the classroom, and there’s no vaccinated teachers willing to do that. How are we forcing people — that seems like a very white supremacist ideology to force people to comply with …You are thinking about one type of family when you are speaking right now. Privilege. Check it, you guys! …. I don’t want to be a part of forcing anybody to do anything they don’t want to do. That’s what slavery is, and I’m not going to be a part of it.”
First of all, it’s worth noting that anyone who unironically tells other people to check their privilege should not be in charge of anything, and “white supremacist” basically just means “things liberals don’t like.” For example, let’s say most of the people in the car want to go to a steakhouse and the liberal wants to go to a vegan eatery. The liberal would then say something like, “Wow, we’re not going to the vegan eatery? That’s a pretty white supremacist decision guys. If I had known you were racists, I wouldn’t even be here.” That’s when they kick him out of the car at a red light.
In this case, after trying to ignore Charda Bell-Fontenot’s nonsense, Hispanic board member Minerva Martinez Scott finally got annoyed enough to kick her out of the car.
“You keep throwing out the racism, but I am Hispanic, and we have four adopted children, and we look like the U.N. So, when you throw out racism, I don’t understand that part. My child has also been affected by not being in school. My kid is in a facility because he had a hard time not being in school. I was able to find resources to get him the help needed. I want all the kids back in school.”
Later, the board also added the following in a statement,
“Trustee Charda Bell-Fontenot behaved in a manner the Board does not condone, nor did her behavior represent our values and our commitments to our students, community, and to each other. We have received many emails and calls of great concern from our families and community members. While we were also disappointed and offended by Trustee Fontenot’s behavior, we were saddened to learn that she has received hateful, racist, and threatening communications as a result.”
It’s good to see that even in California they are starting to reopen schools and become less tolerant of these sort of ludicrous accusations of racism.
John Hawkins is the author of 101 Things All Young Adults Should Know
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