I understand the outrage over the Spring Valley video. Even though recent history teaches us to wait for all facts to come in, it looked bad at first viewing. But where’s the outrage over videos of students bullying teachers, which are becoming all too common on the internet? Disturbingly enough, by students who upload the video themselves because they think it’s funny to watch their classmates bullying teachers.
Remember “shame”? Yeah, that’s not a thing anymore. Because privilege.
Here’s Exhibit Q…
“I’m going to smack her ass with a whole bag of M&Ms,” the male student says and appears to actually throw a bag of the candy at the teacher while other students laugh.
One female student appears to attempt to hold the male back, but she does so laughing.
In the video, the teacher eventually stands up and attempts to regain control of the classroom, but the male student comes behind her desk alongside her, looking through her desk drawers and demanding to get the M&Ms back. The teacher picks up a pile of paper and tries to discuss an assignment, but the male student wouldn’t let her.
“Sit your ass down in your chair,” he demands.
Different school, yes. But there could be a reason why Spring Valley students support the officer who was fired (Read more about black students walking out to support Officer Fields here). The videos are only outrageous if the leftist media tells us to be outraged. How else can they rally the Twitter lynch mob?
Something important to note – or in the case of leftists, completely ignore – this teacher is black. I’m preeeetty sure she relates being a “marginalized” minority. Only there’s a big difference; she isn’t shamefully acting out toward everyone around her and trying to gain YouTube clicks. I’m willing to bet, as in many black communities, most of the teachers are likely black. I’m also willing to bet all of them have experienced some kind of treatment like this bully student demonstrates in the video.
What does this tell us? The racially divisive identity politics of #BlackLivesMatter and Barack Obama are disproportionately harming black communities, the exact group of people we’re told these identity politics will help. The riots in Baltimore, the riots in Ferguson, the gang violence in Chicago (Read more about the staggering Chicago statistics here) or teachers being singled out and bullied in class… the act of absolving individuals of responsibility is destructive for everyone. We’re seeing more proof of it every day.
These kids don’t need to be “understood.” They don’t need to be “heard.” They need to be punished. And not just with slips of paper or notes home to mommy. They’ve already been failed by the left’s soft bigotry of low expectations, so don’t fail them again. Discipline used to be a thing, and providing boundaries and raising expectations on behavior never harmed a soul.
Either we’re a nation of laws, or we’re not. Either we expect human decency out of everyone, or we don’t. Either we discipline all children or we don’t. Race, gender and politics are irrelevant.
But you know, that’s just my white, straight, cis-privilege talking.