A school board in Virginia appears to have stirred fierce opposition amongst the student body of West Point High School after voting unanimously to terminate a French teacher for his refusal to use alternate pronouns for a transgender student.
The students of West Point High School in King William County staged a walkout in protest of the firing on Monday, and were seen chanting “bring him back” in a demand to see a teacher who was apparently popular among his students reinstated after being purged by school authorities for refusing to comply with transgender ideology.
Peter Vlaming, 47, was fired Thursday after a lengthy controversy involving a transgender student who had been in his French class for two years. The student had “transitioned” from female to male over the summer, and Vlaming declined to address a previously female student as “he.” In the School Board meeting in which his firing was decided upon, Vlaming discussed how recognizing a biologically female student as male would violate his Christian principles, and mentioned how he had made a considerable effort to compromise with the student.
Forrest Rohde, a West Point student identified as a leader of the student protest, spoke about why he wanted to see the seven-year veteran teacher reinstated. “The school board is trying to force the teacher to conform to their ideologies with the threat of removal from the school,” he told WWBT News.
Mr. Vlaming’s attorney, Shawn Voyles, stated that the protest was indicative of the support for Vlaming’s position among the student body he taught and alluded to previously student protests in support of him being restricted by the school administrators.
“We are glad to see that West Point Public Schools permitted this peaceful protest today. That was not the case in November when the students began circulating a petition to return my client to his job. As a student testified at the hearing…the high school principal actually confiscated the petition. It unfortunately took a threat of legal action by a student to have it returned.”
The desire of gender-ideology proponents- in many cases funded by pharmaceutical lobbies the profit off of placing young adults on body and mind-altering drugs and hormones- to advance propaganda upon children and young adults has been increasingly visible in public schools, even to children in kindergarten. The effort to enshrine transgenderism within public schools comes as voices within the medical community become increasingly skeptical of its validity.
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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