Could Eliminating Classroom Racism Prevent Seattle Shooting?

In a recent incident, Native American and member of the Tulalip Tribe Jaylen Fryberg, shot five students killing one and then fatally wounded himself which resulted in his death. Fryberg was a popular student and had recently won the honor as the high school’s freshman homecoming prince. CNN US has reported that Jaylen Fryberg was recently a victim of bullying.

In addition to being victimized by a bully, a Marysville-Pilchuck High School freshman named Jordan Luton contacted Fox News and suggested that Fryberg was responding to racist comments that other students had conveyed about Native Americans in previous weeks.

According to a report from the Seattle Public Schools, Native Americans account for 5.9% of the student population. In school district of 52% White students and a predominately White teaching staff, racism against Black and Native Americans can easily go undetected. Therefore forcing the racism victim to take matters in their own hands as Fryberg did. If the Seattle School teachers were more astute of the cultural behaviors of American Indian students tragic Seattle shooting could have been prevented.

One of the greatest fallacies that schools districts have bought into is that racial difficulties are classified as bullying. Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying includes actions such as making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone physically or verbally, and excluding someone from a group on purpose. Even through the definition includes attacking a person verbally it falls short in describing behaviors that are racially motivated which could have prevented the Seattle shooting.

According to No Bulling.com, the biggest targets for bullying are children who are gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender, special needs, overweight, or students who are perceived as overweight. NEA reported that bullying based on a student’s weight (23%), gender (20%), perceived sexual orientation (18%), or disability (12%) were of concern in their school (National Education Association [NEA], 2011). It appears that both nationally recognized organizations are oblivious to the impact that racial bullying can have on a child by not assessing the number of incidents according to race and racism.

Seattle schools must take swift action to prevent and backlash for minority students in the school district. White students may feel uncomfortable with Black and American Indian students. This may cause additional students fights. Parents may even jump into the picture and demand what measures will the school district take to ensure that any type of racism will lead to an incident such as the Seattle shooting.

The Seattle Schools must now take an additional step to eliminate classroom racism to prevent such events as the Seattle shooting. Since teachers are on the front line and have daily interaction with students it is best to initiate a program that eliminates classroom racism for all students.

When teachers demonstrate the acceptance of all races, then their students are more likely to different races. Students form other races, such as the American Indian will feel more comfortable sharing their challenges with teachers and therefore preventing such incidents as the Seattle shooting.

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About Classroom Racism Exterminator

Racism is a menace and so we’ve been taught for ages which is the primary need for a diversity expert. However, even in this modern society of today where we see a lot of colored celebrities performing on stage with huge fan followings and of course an Afro-America President for the USA, we are still in a phase where racism exists in all its brutal glory and has been eating away at the society like a plague. Classrooms, are one of the most affected areas where color differences and racism exists to its extremes. Even after decades of progress and a lot of communal efforts at bridging the gaps between colored students, white students and teachers, it is sad to say that the disparities still exist and are just as pronounced today as they were back in the 1950s. Colored students, even in the likes of New York City, are attending under resourced schools or have been significantly isolated and made to be unequal in regular schools. Even if the teachers are well-intentioned, perpetuating the structural racism that has taken deep roots into the fabric of our education system is a tough task and make the need for a diversity expert imperative. Teachers need to recognize the biases that exist within the classroom and also take conscious measures to address them and their own biases of course. James Baldwin once said, “it is your very own responsibility to change this society, if you think of yourself as an educated person.” Dr. Derrick L. Campbell took this quote very effectively and straight to the heart and thus this Classroom Racism Exterminator happened. Classroom Racism Exterminator is an initiative that will teach you about your duty and moral obligation towards eliminating racism from the classrooms. This is where and how you will learn about what you need to do to produce a better society that is free of biases and disparities amongst the blacks and the whites. Because we understand how classroom biases and conversations about racism are difficult and how teachers and students almost avoid the topics altogether, we have put together a range of effective methods and products to help address the problem at hand and talk meaningfully to counter issues related to race and racism in the classroom. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell understands that it takes a lot of courage to talk about race and racism and that racial issues need to be viewed through a very critical lens that can understand and attend to the pertaining aspects of racism in the classroom. And therefore through this website we have made a conscious effort to eliminate racism from the classroom and make the educational system equal and beneficial for all. We know and we understand that there are no words that can actually describe how racism feels. There are cases and everybody tends to deal with it in their own manner. Some might lash out verbally or others might just withdraw into shells. Whatever the case, people don’t talk about it openly and teachers don’t really make a conscious effort at addressing the issue. We don’t really know if our children or if the youth is learning to be educated or become racists in their classroom. Our program is focused on helping children of color and regardless of their race, their full potential. We want every student to be able to recognize and reach their full potential so that they think of themselves as responsible citizens of their country and not regard themselves as worthless human beings. Here you will find motivational books and flash card games, all of which have been designed focusing on eliminating racism completely from our classrooms. The books and the games have been consciously designed keeping in mind the American society and educational system. It is a small effort on our and Dr. Campbell’s part to help this society become a better place to live in. A little about diversity expert Dr. Campbell Dr. Derrick L. Campbell the driving force behind Classroom Racism Exterminator is a dynamic figure and a constant source of motivation for us. He has a Bachelors of Science in Electronics Engineering Technology, Math Education, a Masters in Education Administration and also holds a doctoral degree in Educational Leadership. Dr. Campbell is a well known personality throughout the nation. He has lectured at various events including the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), Iron Sharpens Iron Men’s Conference and a lot of local churches. He is a personality well dedicated towards eliminating the plague of racism from our classrooms and helping every child recognize his/her true potential not the color of their skin. He realizes how a child would feel if he/she was made to think they are worthless human beings. Diversity expert Dr. Campbell is compassionate and related to the experiences and therefore this initiative is a constant and continual effort to eliminate racism manifested in us, completely from the classroom and from our society.
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