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  • NY Times and false dichotomies that allow racist states to run rampant despite federal protections

    I am very disappointed with a story in the NY Times today about the MAS/MASS program in TUSD.  It was clearly influenced by the SALC-run Arizona Daily Star and their pro-Pedicone supporting Gassen. To explain what the media continues to do to protect Pedicone, I begin with a related story.

    We have seen the scene played out before in movies and literature, from Germany to the South, and using the American South as the setting, the (based on many a true) story goes like this:

    A group of known racists are on the prowl. They all have their white pointed hoods on and are tracking down a black family.

    Earlier that day one of the white men started pushing around one of the black boys. When the father came outside he saw this and punched the man and knocked out his only tooth. The white man told him he would pay for this as the black family ran away.

    The father knew what that meant. The KKK would now be after him and his home was no longer safe. They sought refuge inside one of the white churches known to be a safe place in these types of situations.

    Sure enough, that evening the cross on the church’s front lawn was ablaze in flames and the men came a-knocking with their chains, bats, pitchforks and axes in hand.

    The white pastor comes out to speak with the KKK. They demand the minorities inside. The pastor says that this is wrong, that they are not here, that they should leave them alone, etc.

    Then comes the ultimatum: Either let the boys out or the entire church will be burned down. The pastor prays over this. He knows that letting the boys out will lead to certain death and now is his time to stand up to injustice. Then again, the church might be burned down and the boys may still be killed… what to do?

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