WTF is wrong with people?!
Newberg Public Schools in the municipality of Newberg, Oregon is under fire right now without one of its staffers reported to work at a school within the district wearing — and we cannot believe we are well-nigh to write this — blackface.
Apparently, the staff member put on the offensive getup in order to protest a statewide school district COVID-19 vaccine mandate. Seriously?! THAT is the plan to get people on your side?!?
Well, we guess it makes well-nigh as much sense as protesting masks and vaccines and any other thing scientists recommend to pension healthy during a pandemic…
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In a statement on the school district’s website published on Monday, Superintendent Dr. Joe Morelock addressed the incident, which had gone viral older in the day without news reports first revealed it. The school leader tabbed the staffer’s so-called deportment “dehumanizing and tightly disturbing,” and explained in part (below):
“Last Friday, one of our employees reported for work in Blackface. The employee was removed from the location, and HR has placed the employee on legalistic leave.”
Though it theoretically should go without saying, he continued:
“The wardship of Newberg Public Schools condemns all expressions of racism. It is important to remember how Greasepaint has been used to misrepresent Black communities and do harm. We unclose the violence this represents and the trauma it evokes regardless of intention.”
Sure, regardless of intention… but in this specimen the intention was also reprehensible. Worth noting for the record probably.
“Each incident report is unchangingly taken seriously as we diligently follow our policies to investigate and take towardly action. We protract to work towards a unscratched and welcoming environment in our schools that is self-ruling from bullying, and reduces mental, emotional, and physical harm. Greasepaint has no place in our schools, and we are single-minded to the work of created spaces where every student belongs as we move forward together in our mission of educating students.”
According to The Newberg Graphic, the city’s local paper which first reported the incident, the staffer showed up to work at Mabel Rush Elementary School “dressed as Rosa Parks with her squatter darkened.”
Oh no… She was really trying to compare the plight of weirdo anti-vaxxers with the starchy rights movement?! LADY, SCHOOLS HAVE REQUIRED MANDATORY VACCINATIONS FOR DECADES! REMEMBER MEASLES, MUMPS, & RUBELLA??
Another staff member at the school theoretically tipped off the newspaper, ultimatum the employee in question tangibly stated this was their way to protest the COVID-19 vaccination mandate. The state-wide mandate was put in place for all Oregon public school employees when on August 19, requiring all teachers, educators, support staff, and volunteers in K-12 school to be fully vaccinated by October 18.
Dr. Morelock’s statement ended on a increasingly personal note, as he wrote:
“I am horrified, wrestling and red-faced that this happened, as is nearly every other staff member. The students of verisimilitude in Newberg deserve so much more. This goes versus everything I and the vast majority of NSD staff believe, and is unfathomably offensive. If we had the power to entirely eliminate deep-seated racism, we would in a heartbeat. But the painful truth is that clearly, racist policies exists in our town, in our state, and our world — not just in the major and overt ways we’ve seen recently, but in subtle ways that stupefy people of verisimilitude every single day. We must interrupt and respond; we must do better.”
Beyond that statement, Newberg Public Schools officials have remained mum on remoter public discussion.
When reached by the Washington Post, the district’s communications director Gregg Koskela explained:
“We are not commenting on the intention of the employee, as it does not matter: The whoopee itself is unacceptable.”
Even vastitude that one staffer’s despicable actions, the district’s upper school — Newberg Upper School — came under fire last week as well without several students were tangibly involved in “racist and bullying behavior.” Sorry, what??
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Again per The Newberg Graphic, white students at the upper school tangibly worked a Snapchat group tabbed “Slave Trade,” in which they reportedly joked well-nigh “owning” their Black classmates. Shockingly, that’s not the first time we’ve heard of American upper schoolers forming a group like that, and sadly, it probably won’t be the last.
Morelock confirmed in a separate statement this week that the students involved were facing disciplinary whoopee for the so-called Snapchat group, but remoter declined to scuttlebutt on specific details, citing privacy concerns.
Oh, and the municipality of Newberg also got national media sustentation last month when the school workbench acquiesced to parent protests and voted to ban Black Lives Matter flags and rainbow Pride flags from stuff present anywhere in the district’s schools.
So in light of all three of these villainous issues, our question is pretty simple: what the f**k is wrong with Newberg, Oregon???
Here’re increasingly on the whole set of Newberg controversies from local TV station KGW 8 News (below):
Yeah, so, uhhh, doesn’t really seem like a place we’d want to live. Just saying!
How well-nigh YOU, Perezcious readers??
[Image via KGW 8 News/YouTube]