A 17-year-old running back assaults a high school teacher for doing her job.1http://www.ajc.com/sports/content/sports/highschool/stories/2007/11/03/lassiter_1104.html?cxntlid=homepage_tab_newstab He tosses her around and breaks her finger.
Who would you worry about? The attacker, or the victim?
That depends, apparently, on whether you’re a “human rights activist” who focuses on “black unity.” That describes Gerald Rose of the New Order Human Rights Organization.
Does unity mean defending indefensible actions, like assault and battery? Apparently so, if they involve a black person with a somewhat famous father assaulting a white person. I’d give you good odds that if this incident involved a white student and a white teacher, the soi-disant activist would never have noticed it. If the student were white and the teacher black, he might have gotten involved if the school didn’t press charges against the student.
But since the student in question is black, and he did assault a white teacher, Rose saw a chance to get his name in the papers. I’m betting he smelled money, too, because the student’s father is semi-famous. Money is important to Rose, who spent 44 days in the Cobb County jail for failure to pay over $26,000 in child support. Whoops! Maybe some of that activism should start at home?
So far, Rose claims to have met with the high school’s principal to “express concern over the incident.“2http://www.ajc.com/metro/content/metro/cobb/stories/2007/11/05/lassiter_1105.html Why would the principal agree to meet with this person? Privacy rules would keep him from actually discussing the case with Rose, so did Rose get in to see the principal on false pretenses?
Rose claims that “he will appeal to Cobb County school district officials not to rush to judgment in deciding punishment for a Lassiter High football player arrested last week.” He’s also trying to get in touch with the student’s family, “to offer support.” And hopefully, collect donations!
The boy turned himself in to the police and got out of jail the same day on a $5,000 bond. One condition of the bond is that he stays away from Finch, which apparently means that he can’t return to that school after his 10-day suspension.3The fact that he’s suspended, instead of expelled, is worthy of a rant of its own. Is that what Rose is appealing? Perhaps he thinks the teacher should leave, instead?
The boy’s family was expected to make a statement Monday (November 5), but if they did I haven’t found a trace of it online.
The races of the people involved are irrelevant to me, as they should be to the school, the court system, and everyone else involved. None of the media outlets felt it necessary to bring up race. Rose, however, seems to see everything through an “us against them” filter, leading him to see racism where there is none. A “human rights organization” that is only concerned with one kind of human is absurd. Rose and his organization would be far more credible if he just admitted that it’s a “black rights organization.” There’s nothing wrong or shameful about that, as the NAACP has shown us for many years.