Public schools in Richmond, Virginia, have launched a racially exclusive mentoring program for black children with local media and government celebrating the “first of its kind” initiative.
Local media reports that the program, called “Brothers United,” was launched by the Richmond Public Schools to give “young men of color” additional “resources and opportunities” to provide them with better footing as they begin their lives. The program is not available to white, Hispanic, or Asian students.
It is designed to “pair young men of color with mentors who look like them,” believing that black children are best mentored by other black Americans.
Richmond Mayor Levar Stoney, who Big League Politics was accused of taking orders from by Fox News, stressed the importance of racial homogeneity when speaking to Richmond’s WTVR.
He said, “I think everyone knows the lack of mentors that look like themselves in Richmond Public Schools,” adding, “This is the effort by the administration to ensure that little ones have those who look like them working with them throughout the school year.”
Aside from the racist and exclusionary nature of the program, it appears to have noble intentions. It is designed to give the city’s black youth an insight into adulthood, including how to apply for college and enter the workforce.
The program will begin this year in one elementary school, and is set to expand further throughout 2019. Stoney says he intends to request more funding for the fledgling program in 2020.
News of this program comes after Big League Politics reported a similar incident in Georgia, where white reporters were specifically excluded from a mayoral meeting held by local leaders to discuss the upcoming campaign.
Big League Politics reported yesterday:
“White reporters were denied entry, while at least two black reporters and the publisher of a local African-American newspaper were allowed inside, the Savannah Morning News reported. Television cameras and recording devices were also prohibited,” the report said. “The newspaper said the Rev. Clarence Teddy Williams, who organized the meeting, declined to discuss the entry policy.”
Some, but not all of the black candidates for the Savannah mayorship showed up to the event. One candidate thought the event was inappropriate due to its divisiveness.
“Regina Thomas, a former Georgia state senator and one of the incumbent mayor’s black challengers, skipped the church gathering Wednesday,” according to the report. “She said the meeting appeared divisive and was scheduled too early in the campaign. The deadline for candidates to sign up for the race is Aug. 23. Thomas said she also had a scheduling conflict: her Bible study group met Wednesday night.”
Anti-white racism appears to be on the rise in the United States. Hollywood director Jordan Peele recently said he would no longer cast white men for lead roles in his movie, and this month another college panicked and called the police after finding “It’s Okay To Be White” posters near its campus.
City of Denver Unanimously Votes to Rename Columbus Park “La Raza Park”
There might come a time when nothing in the US is named after Christopher Columbus.
The Denver City Council unanimously voted to rename Columbus Park last week Monday, and now it will be named “La Raza Park.”
“La raza” is Spanish for “the race,” which has connotations with Latino identity politics. A Denver Post article tells us that the phrase “viva la raza” (long live the race) was the “rallying cry of the Chicano movement in the 1960s and ’70s.” The Chicano Movement encouraged Mexican ethnic and cultural solidarity with a particular emphasis on their indigenous heritage. The movement, however, rejected assimilation and thus the term “Mexican-American,” essentially branding themselves as the Hispanic version of the Black Power movement.
Councilwoman Amanda Sandoval claims that the unanimous vote was an act of officially naming a park that has “always” been unofficially called by its new name. “La raza is a word of unity and about celebrating community,” she said without a hint of irony.
The reason for officially renaming the park is about what you’d expect, namely because Christopher Columbus is irredeemably associated with colonialism and genocide and is thus not fit to be honored in any way, shape, or form.
Arturo Gonzalez, a retired professor, said that “Mexican Chicanos and Indigenous peoples have suffered genocide over the last 500 years. We live with that trauma. We continue to live with that trauma.”
Renaming parks, buildings, and schools that were previously named after so-called “problematic” or “white supremacist” historical figures is nothing new, of course, but the practice has accelerated over the past several months due to the hysteria following the George Floyd riots.
Big League Politics has covered many instances of this phenomenon. One of the most recent instances included a San Francisco school district renaming Abraham Lincoln High School because black lives apparently “didn’t matter” to him:
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