OPINION BY | Nehemiah D. Frank
Let us be frank: renaming Robert E. Lee Elementary School “Lee School” is a lash on the back of every African-American student attending a Tulsa public school, which is alarming considering 25 percent of TPS’ total student population is composed of African-American pupils.
TPS may as well remount the “No Colored” signs and command all the Negro students, Negro teachers, and Negro staff to ignore the symbol that acknowledges, values, and promotes white superiority in a 21st-century integrated educational setting.
But if your child receives a rejection letter, the cloud of depression instantly appears as a dark cloud over the entire house. And like clockworks, the tears began to fall for the student who see themselves as unworthy.
Are school leaders willing to support their students who choose to wear their red “Make America Great Again” hats and walk out of class in support of President Trump’s agenda?
Anthony Swofford, a marine veteran turned college professor, said, “The presence of a firearm is always an invitation to violence. Weapons have no place in a learning environment.”
KIPP aims to prepare all KIPPsters for college and beyond. Students have longer school days, boasts innovative teaching, and a motivating learning environment.
There is so much work to be done, and I am always among the first to admit that we are far from the ideal situation in this city. But I completely believe that we have enough people in our city that care about our kids to make things better.
When African-American leaders from North Tulsa echo white supremacy, it hurts the entire black community as a whole.
Echoing white supremacy can be defined as reinforcing racist stigma or perpetuating racial falsehoods for the purpose of personal gain or out of plain ignorance. Unfortunately, this ignorance or unrighteous act is harmful for the community and the race. And the predicable, unpredictable-unforeseen damages to come will have a long-lasting impact into the future on Tulsa’s African-American community and other historic African-American towns across the nation.