Tuesday, May 09, 2017
Bangor School District To Form Diversity Committee
A diversity committee was formed once before in Bangor, after a federal lawsuit alleging racial discrimination was settled.
It met only once.
This one needs to be more active.
Lance Wheeler will make sure.
It appears that pockets of racism are still prevalent in the Bangor area. Not the subtle kind, either.
Yesterday, I had a conversation with yet another mother of three biracial children. Her oldest graduated last year, but she still has two boys going through the system. None of her three children ever presented a disciplinary problem. Their experience at what really is a good school is mostly positive. But not completely.
One of her sons, when in the 9th grade, was involved in a debate class and was arguing his points. The student opposed to him eventually blurted out that no one cares what he thinks because he is a "n-gg-r." School officials admonished the boy, but when they called his parents, they were told that is the way they all feel.
Her daughter, who was a senior last year, also experienced a racist encounter with a star baseball player. She had been trying to park her car in her numbered spot when another girl jumped in ahead of her. The two began to argue, and the star baseball player intervened.
He yelled at the biracial girl, "Get in your car. You need to leave. You and your brother are n-gg-rs here,and we don't want your kind."
This incident was witnessed by several students,and an Assistant Principal who conducted an investigation brought them all into his office and told the star baseball player, whose dad happens to be a coach, That statements like that are not permitted on campus. That was it. No apology. No discipline. Everyone was just sent back to class.
Bangor at the time was undefeated in baseball. It finished 23-1.It was around this time when that incident happened.