In another sign that we’ve stepped right through the Looking Glass and into an alternate dimension, a black, female, progressive, racially-active principal in Chicago is facing calls for her resignation after she had the unmitigated gall to…discourage her students from participating in the rioting, violence, and looting plaguing the city in the wake of George Floyd’s death. According to the Chicago Tribune, Whitney Young High School Principal Joyce Kenner has found herself on the wrong side of the student activists and woke colleagues, many of whom are calling on her to step down.
From the Tribune:
Now, after 25 years at the helm of Whitney Young, she finds herself the target of an online petition, posted by unnamed “disappointed alumni,” calling for her to resign, claiming she has “silenced student activists speaking against all forms of injustice. Her silence and her enabling of the systematic oppression that her black and low-income students face should be condemned.” So far it’s gained more than 800 signatures.
Some who signed the resignation petition cited her history at Whitney Young, claiming she has “worked to sweep the injustices … under the rug” and “consistently puts the perception of the school by the general public over the well-being of her students.”
Other critics have focused on more recent events. Several students told the Tribune they were offended by statements Kenner made in a video address about unrest sparked by George Floyd’s killing, in which she asked that if students do protest, they not participate in violence or looting, and said the way to seek change is to get a degree and get a “seat at the table.”
“We can’t have a seat at the table if we’re dead because we were shot by a cop,” one senior said, who added she doesn’t want Kenner to resign but that students deserve a bigger voice.
Here is the problem. Right here. The racial activists on the left – be they in the media, in the streets, or in the schools – have absolutely no interest in the facts. They have no interest in data, statistics, or reality itself. All they care about is a constant stream of confirmation that they are right – a stream they can get from their dumb peers and CNN but not (always) from the adults in the room, rare as they may be. And when they don’t get that confirmation, they throw a tantrum as children are wont to do.
How we’re ever going to make true progress in this country when one side is trying desperately to “cancel” anyone who disagrees with them is beyond comprehension.