Andre Pearson is the principal of Mission Viejo Elementary School in Aurora, Colorado. In an effort to help students struggling with various subjects, he started an after school tutoring program. Like any good principal, Pearson sent a letter home to parents to inform them of the new tutoring program.
Unlike most principals, Pearson’s letter contained a bold statement of racial discrimination, only this time it discriminated against white students. On the first line of the letter, it stated that the tutoring program was for ‘Students of Color.’ By the way, Pearson is black.
When the letter hit the homes of a number of white parents, they became upset, offended and outraged. One such parent, Nicole Cox, whose daughter could use the tutoring, told the local news:
“I was infuriated. I didn’t understand why they would include or exclude certain groups. We have come so far in all of these years to show everybody that everyone is equal, that everyone should be treated equally … this is a form of bullying.”
Before she could complain to the school, Cox received a voice message from Pearson, explaining the program, but his message only added fuel to the fire. His message stated:
“This is Andre Pearson. It’s focused for and designed for children of color, but certainly, if we have space for other kids who have needs, we can definitely meet those needs.”
He admits that the program was designed for non-white kids, but to make things worse, he said that IF they have space for other kids, then they will meet those needs. So what are parents like Nicole Cox supposed to do if they don’t have space for other kids?
If a white principal sent out a letter stating that the tutoring program was for all students except those of color, you’d find Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson camped on his front door hollering racial discrimination and demanding he be fired. They would be talking to every news station between Denver to Washington, villainizing the white principal. But where are all of the people like Sharpton and Jackson who are fighting against discrimination of any kind? Who is shouting to the media that this black principal is discriminating against white students?
When any discrimination is even just perceived against a black person, the radical racists come out of the woodwork like ants at a picnic. But when it is a black that is discriminating against whites, it may hit the local news with a few angry white parents, but it soon dies and goes away. Hardly anyone outside the Aurora area will even hear about it.
Such is the inequality of American society.