Tuesday, January 22, 2019

I Got Your Progressivism - Right Here!

While reading a local (Toledo, Ohio) message board, Toledo Talk, I came across a somewhat provocative thread which was almost guaran-damn-teed to inspire a few demagogic comments from the multitude of literate but inerudite contributors: Racist Threats and Harassment at Toledo Workplace.

I was able to restrain myself, and confine my somewhat pithy comments to my own ambit - this blog.

The following is not safe for work and might cause a brain aneurysm in any warm, sensitive Caspar Milquetoast SJW.  Your mileage may vary.

I'll take a moment to mention that Toledo City Schools are failing, while the Toledo School for the Arts Performance is a charter school and is doing well, by comparison.

You can bet your bottom dollar that there isn't any discrimination in Toledo City Schools - unless you're white, at which point you have to contend with the fact that the only people in this world who are racist and who discriminate are white, well-educated people, but mostly men and mostly fat old men who like bourbon, guns, and women.  Real women, that is.

Toledo Public Schools (TPS) are supposed to be run by the Toledo Bored of Education (BOE), a group of horn tooters and mental defectives who couldn't fix an electric hammer, much less a failing school system.

Enter Toledo School for the Arts (TSA). The place was founded in 1998, but when Crystal Bowersox was a runner-up on American Idol, enrollment skyrocketed.

Dodging an obvious bullet that was more like a burst from a 134 Minigun, the school administrators wisely put an admissions lottery in place.  Everyone was welcome to apply, but only the lucky ones got in.

I'll cheerfully admit that I would have done this much differently, and allowed admission to the best and brightest. But what do I know, right?  Well, I know this.  With an institution like this one, the clock is ticking.  There's money, prestige, and power to be had.  Right on the heels of the Prada knock off wearing wanna-bees is the opportunity to make someone's life miserable.  That's low hanging fruit to every Moonbat in the vicinity.

The TSA is supposed to be progressive, and it probably is.  Just not in the way everyone would like.  Consider that Progressivism
is the support for or advocacy of improvement of society by reform. As a philosophy, it is based on the idea of progress, which asserts that advancements in science, technology, economic development and social organization are vital to the improvement of the human condition.
What it really amounts to is a haven for Social Justice Warriors (SJWs), the deliberately offended scum of the internet who are so quick to dogpile anything or anyone they find offensive.  Which just as sure as hell includes this misogynist honky here.

I'll digress and offer a much better definition from RooshV: What Is A Social Justice Warrior (SJW)?
A felicitously pejorative term, social justice warriors believe in an extreme left-wing ideology that combines feminism, progressivism, and political correctness into a totalitarian system that attempts to censor speech and promote fringe lifestyles while actively discriminating against men, particularly white men. They are the internet activist arm of Western progressivism that acts as a vigilante group to ensure compliance and homogeny of far left thought.

The local scandal sheet from Toledo reported that State agency rules against Toledo School for Arts in racial discrimination case.

From the article:
The commission in mid-November found it probable that TSA leaders did in fact engage in unlawful discriminatory practices against then-Dean of Students India Springs, and found it probable that they retaliated against Ms. Springs after she filed a complaint with the state agency in January, 2018.

Note that this is probable, meaning likely. There's nothing absolute about the findings.

From the article:
[Director Doug] Mead, in an affidavit dated March 23, said he was unaware of any harassment or discrimination Ms. Springs suffered, and that her accusations largely resulted from her misinterpreting the feedback she received from others.

“I think Ms. Springs views harassment in two parts,” Mr. Mead said in the affidavit.

“First, if there is ever a point where we’re trying to give her support or guidance or we gave her the impression that what she was doing wasn’t 100 percent right, she considered that harassment. Second, when a faculty member questioned her, if we did not put the hammer down on that faculty member, she considered that harassment of not being supported.”

And there you have it.

India Springs is a new hire, is a black female, and part of her job was to create a code of conduct for the school students.  According to the school administrators, there were immediate problems with that.  I'm going to hazard a guess that her boss and co-workers found her impossible to work with.  She'd go off without any warning, she was always right, and anything said within her earshot was motivated by overt racism.

The ruling was appealed, and lost on appeal. Why? Consider the executive staff of the Ohio Civil Rights Commission.

G. Michael Payton, Executive Director. Black male.
Darlene Sweeney-Newbern, Director of Regional Operations. Black female.
Stephanie Bostos-Demers, Chief Legal Counsel. White female.
Mary Turocy, Director of Public Affairs and Civic Engagement. White female.

The rest of the staff are commissioners appointed by then-Governor John Kasich, a real loser, and there isn't one white male among them.  There is the token white female, but I think she's a lez.

What chance does the school have?  Slim and none.

What the commission failed to point out is the obvious; The school hired an employee who turned out to be impossible to work with, and who screamed about racist personal attacks every time anyone dared to speak to her in less than adulating terms.

Are there any racist administrators or teachers at TSA?  Probably.  Do they discriminate?  If they do, it isn't much.  Personally, I don't think so.

I also think that the Titanic could have avoided the iceberg and should not have been declared unsinkable.

Ohio has a public school system that's failing, and the State government doesn't care.  With my health and my lifestyle, I won't live long enough to fully enjoy the fruits of that system, but anyone graduating high school today had better take a hard look at what's going on around him, and plan his life accordingly.

Someone give me a refill.


CWMartin said...

And this is why I have been hiding and scrolling past FB posts all afternoon. I would like one class to be taught in this world- justice.

Mad Jack said...

You got it, CW. FaceBook is a veritable haven for the lunatic Left, and I swear they travel in megabytes in search of a target. I block 'em, but I've got a fat one following me all over the place. I'm going to unload on her if she doesn't go away.

Glen Filthie said...

Up here in Canada we are half a swirl ahead of you Americans down that leftist crapper, Jack. For us this has been going on for years. The result is always the same - if you turn management over to women, minorities or degenerates - they run the organization into the ground. Every single time, without exception. The more vibrant the organization, the more spectacular its implosion will be.

Watch us up north closely as we are where your progressives want to be: right now they are trying to ban home schooling because some parents take exception to having their kids taught by homos and pedos, and they disagree with the mental illness they advocate as 'sex education'. For me that civil war can't come fast enough. There will be no peace with cretins like this. Anyone that thinks so is fooling themselves.

Old NFO said...

Truly sad, and it's probably the death knell for a fine school.

Mad Jack said...

When I was in school parents could elect to 'home school' their children, but it was rare. Home schooling was reserved for school age children in the farming community, and was generally motivated by having an unpaid hired hand to help with the work. That hasn't changed, by the way.

These days a surprising number of people are choosing home schooling over public education, and little wonder. What really gets to me is that the public school system is failing, everyone knows it's failing, and nothing is being done to correct it.

To be fair and somewhat even handed about this, a good friend of mine who I consider intelligent and erudite told me once that if he, personally, had absolute authority over all facets of the public school system in Toledo, Ohio, it would take him about ten years to get it straightened out. I tend to believe him.

The one notable exception was this artistic school, but now that the Left is taking a concerned interest in it, it's likely to fail too.

Bob G. said...

Mad Jack:
---I simply REFUSE to sign up for "fakebook", and for the obvious reasons.
---Yes the educational system HAS filed us. It's certainly NOT what I remember going through for 12 years.
The left has appropriated the teaching of our children, filling their heads with progressive pablum and social-justice drivel.
My nephew (fire captain in Virginia) has his children home schooled and his wife does a wonderful, job.
There need to come a time (soon) when we ALL wake the hell up and take back what we could once depend upon when it comes to REAL education.
But, that's just my opinion.

Stay safe out there.