Dr. Tabia Lee wanted to make her California school board more inclusive and welcoming. After years of personal attacks, she's stepping down.
Thank you for shining a light on the situation. I am definitely not through advocating for our marginalized students... I will have much more levity as a member of the public to effect positive change for our marginalized students. You'll hear more in the coming times. :-)
This was just posted to my local Facebook group.
I reported it to moderators and the moderator pmed me to tell me to contact him and not to report things. He then asked me what rules I thought the post violated. Then he argued with me that I should put my thoughts in the comments. Which I specifically said that it is not an effective way to debate this issue. But also I didn’t want to end up a target. I told him this sort of rhetoric has caused violence against librarians and defunding and eventual closure of public libraries in other places. He just wanted to “protect free speech” and kept telling me I should warn others about this. I told him it was his job as moderator to do the warnings and not give libel and violent rhetoric a platform. He tried thanking me for my service and I told him that if he wanted to thank me to be better.
At any rate, this is what I’m living. Plus another big snowstorm has hit the area.
I do not blame her for stepping down, though it is a travesty. No one wants to be the target of these villains.
"I am hopeful that my resignation will allow the Board Majority to stop focusing on the bogeyman they have made of me..."
Their most likely reaction will be to cheer her departure and then work 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 the inclusion and diversity she sought to protect.
This situation makes it all the more imperative that "West Virginia State Board of Education, 319 U.S. 624 (1943)" be required knowledge in all public high schools.
OT - This is what DeNazi doesn't want taught in FL, a column by a guy who was born and raised in St. Petersburg
𝐓𝐡𝐞 𝐔𝐧𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐢𝐧𝐠 𝐨𝐟 𝐚 𝐑𝐚𝐜𝐢𝐬𝐭
From a similar column he wrote exclusively for the TBT:
Let me offer, as an antidote to this commitment to willful historical ignorance, a single document, one that I used in the opening class of my courses on the History of the Old South and the Civil War and the Era of Reconstruction. It is a single-page manuscript — a broadside — an original antebellum document from the Chapin Library, the rare book and manuscript collection at Williams. It’s printed at the top of this essay. When I handed it out to my students, I did not tell them what it was, but they soon grasped what they were holding in their hands. It is a price list of human beings, offered for sale in August 1860 by a Richmond, Virginia, slave-trading firm.
I don’t think this document needs much explanation. It represents the absolute, abominable essence of the South’s “peculiar institution”: the chattel principle, human beings as property, men, women and children (the latter priced by height) being offered for sale like livestock.
One item in this price list invariably stood out to my students, the first handwritten line in the “market report” added by the slave traders’ clerk at the bottom:
“Good Young Woman & first child $1,300 to $1,450.″
Since under slave law the child took the condition of the mother no matter who the father was, the buyer was purchasing not only this young mother and her firstborn but was also acquiring the promise of her already-demonstrated fertility. Each baby born to her in the future would constitute, at the moment of his or her birth, an addition to the wealth of the master or mistress (to give some idea of what this “wealth” represented, consider this fact: The multiplier to get those 1860 dollars into 2023 dollars is 37).
Terrible school led by terrible people.
Overall, 33.32% of students do not meet ELA standards and 45.81% do not meet Math standards.
I dare say we're all familiar with the saying “ALL that is necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing," usually attributed to Edmund Burke. Most of the time, this saying is seen as a call to action, an admonition to get up and do something rather than sit around and hope someone else fixes the problem.
That's all well and good, but I've often wondered what it says about humanity that situations like this happen all too often. When that good person has been forced into inaction through whatever means, or (not the case here) possibly just doesn't know what to do at all. In this case, I have to wonder if the local community has some responsibility here, in view of the persons they've elected to the school board. I will say this reminds me of the importance of local elections; all too often these very local elections just don't receive the same media attention and voter turnout.
In any event, thank you, Dr. Lee, for trying. I know this decision must have been very difficult to make, but I think you've led the horse to the proverbial water. It's up to him to drink now.
I see no problem with requiring board members to live in the district.
Obama's birth certificate was about racism. Residency requirements are about accountability and having skin in the game.
Other than that, sounds like that district has serious issues...good luck dealing with the Trumpublicans.
OT - Two days with two 😲
𝐖𝐞𝐬𝐭 𝐕𝐢𝐫𝐠𝐢𝐧𝐢𝐚 𝐥𝐚𝐰𝐦𝐚𝐤𝐞𝐫𝐬 𝐟𝐢𝐥𝐞 𝐛𝐢𝐥𝐥 𝐚𝐥𝐥𝐨𝐰𝐢𝐧𝐠 "𝐈𝐧𝐭𝐞𝐥𝐥𝐢𝐠𝐞𝐧𝐭 𝐃𝐞𝐬𝐢𝐠𝐧" 𝐢𝐧 𝐜𝐥𝐚𝐬𝐬𝐫𝐨𝐨𝐦𝐬
I know it's a bit early for an OT (and I don't usually open with an OT), but Raquel Welch ("One Million Years B.C.", Fantastic Voyage" and so many more) has died at 82.
"My resignation is solely to protect my personal health, safety, and well being from personal abuse from toxic individuals and the psychodramas they perform ..."
She could be talking about any church board I have ever dealt with. This echoes my sentiment when I finally retired from the clergy racket.
Ugh. My beloved California, usually known for being liberal and progressive, is subject to strange space-time anomalies. Its Central Valley seems to be inexplicably adjacent to Mississippi, Arkansas, and Pakistan, and some areas are firmly lodged in 1950, 1850, or 1450.
Half a century ago, I met my wonderful wife there, and we escaped to Los Angeles.
Well the object of the exercise was probably to get rid of her so they succeeded. And now they can revert to their monocultural safe space and not have to face the real world.
Sorry, that's "... Tabia Lee, Ed.D ...".
That is actually more informative about her 'dog in this fight' if you bother to research who she is and what her area of expertise is.
I'm just surprised that with an electoral razor's-edge win she didn't realize in the actual campaign up to that victory how partisan her entire term would be. It's is almost like she should have realized it would take an entire term, to begin with, to build working relationships and the work some small wins to build on in a subsequent term. You know, make yourself an acknowledged LOCAL expert in an area and leverage that gain in presence and expertise to effect other areas? Maybe work with a coalition, or at least without braid-dead opposition to anything you propose or stand for?
I read the resignation letter, and now there will be nobody to report on Closed sessions or air on-going malfeasance at the next election.
NOW WHAT ..., about the voters who elected her to represent their views?