District Deeds thanks Ms. Francine Maxwell and the San Diego Branch of the NAACP for the following important Press Release titled “Racial Issues are Alive and Well in San Diego Unified”.
We urge all our readers to stand with the NAACP to fight the systemic and systematic racism at ALL San Diego Unified School District locations.
July 7, 2020
Re: Racial Issues are Alive and Well in San Diego Unified
Students from Patrick Henry High School in the San Diego Unified School District are amusing one another by posting pictures in blackface. This, while much of the nation is experiencing a moment of consciousness about the true extent of racial injustice in our society, and taking to the streets in support of their fellow human beings. Clearly, the killing of Mr George Floyd is not what is in the consciousness of San Diego Unified students when it comes to African-Americans; instead, it is the mockery of the minstrel show.
Perhaps one of the reasons these students lack consciousness of their actions is that the district continues to employ (and promote!) teachers who themselves find blackface a matter of amusement, like Dean Schmidt at Serra High.
Racist incidents are going to continue to show their hideous faces until we address the systemic racism in our schools.
Cindy Marten, however, continues her crusade to pretend we live in a “post-racial” society and that she runs a “post-racial” school district. Why else would she have abolished the Race, Human Relations and Advocacy Department?
Mr Kevin Beiser, you are trustee for all the youth in the district. We ask that you rise to this occasion and show some bold leadership. We ask that you call the Superintendent onto the carpet and hold her accountable.
Mr Beiser, this superintendent tried to sweep this incident under the rug, as she has so often done in the past. This superintendent has shuffled her organization chart nearly 20 times, and never brought much in the way of diversity to the decision-making table. Instead of addressing each new problem, she merely crows that much louder that there are no problems, in hopes of never having to make real change.
Also, Mr Beiser, while we note the school’s statement regarding its name, we invite you to consider the words of high school student Mr Dino Jones, when he called for the renaming of his own “Patrick Henry High School”: It’s a direct contradiction to speak out for freedom for some and still own slaves. It is time to change the school’s name; we do not think it appropriate to operate a school named after a man who said “Give me liberty or give me death” but refused to grant liberty to others when it was his to give. That is hypocrisy, not heroism.
Francine Maxwell, President
NAACP San Diego Branch
P.O. Box 152086 • San Diego, CA 92195-2086
Founded in 1919 after a visit by renowned author, activist and NAACP co-founder, W.E.B. DuBois, the NAACP San Diego Branch is celebrating a century of standing sentry over the civil rights of the people of San Diego. If you need more information about the NAACP San Diego Branch, please visit sandiegonaacp.org/presskit
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