- The Washington Times - Tuesday, February 28, 2017

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Black History Month — which is meant to celebrate achievements made within the African-American community — has morphed into the Black Lives Matter movement in many public schools.

Earlier this month, the entire school district in Rochester, New York, designated a “Black Lives Matter” day to celebrate the city’s diversity.

“We want people to acknowledge and respect one item, one part of what makes America great, which is the black community,” Van White, the Rochester school board president, told the local Time Warner Cable News. “The whole idea is to understand the struggles that black folks have in this country. If people don’t respect your life as an African-American, Latino, Italian, that will raise obstacles for you.”

Mr. White and the school board maintained their decision to celebrate the day had no affiliation with the national Black Lives Matter movement, yet by merely naming the day “Black Lives Matter,” it is politically charged — that western society systemically and institutionally discriminates against people of color. That lady justice’s scale is tipped against them, and she’s not blind.

In Illinois, 220 students at DeKalb High School, decided to stay at home after a Black History Month assembly led to “racially charged exchanges and rumors about threats against the school,” according to the Daily Chronicle.

Two sophomores recited the poem “Angry Black Women,” at the assembly, which includes racially charged lines like “I’m mad because the system is built for the white man. I’m mad because white women fetishize our black men or refuse to acknowledge our Black Lives Matter” and “Mad because Black Lives Matter is corrected to All Lives Matter by White America who feels threatened by us.”

Parents were only notified of the performance after it went viral, and school Superintendent Doug Moeller admitted the school should’ve been more diligent in reviewing what content was presented. A rap song titled “I can’t breathe” was also performed.

“I don’t think [the high school administration] did their due diligence in terms of reviewing the skits and the songs that were going to be presented,” Mr. Moeller told the Chronicle after the uproar. “Again, I didn’t find them offensive, but I can understand how some of our students might find them offensive, just given the race relationships in this town.”

In North Texas, a Black History Month performance also took a political tone, offending the town’s police chief.

During an assembly this month, students held up signs reading “Black Lives Matter,” “I can’t breathe,” and “The whole system is guilty.”

“Allowing this only promotes the discontent and hatred for police to continue. It’s a bad day,” Police Chief Mike Broadnax told his local CBS News.

According to the local television station, Principal Michael Bland emailed the school’s staff and called the “highly politicized message” an “unfortunate event.”

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