Not Racist at All: Minnesota School Board Votes to Provide Extra Pay to Non-White Teachers

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Let’s just cut to the chase and dig into the crazy, shall we?

The Mankato, Minnesota, school board voted unanimously earlier this month to approve a policy to provide extra compensation exclusively to non-white teachers who become mentors to other non-white colleagues.

Nah, no way is that racist.

As reported by Alpha News, the board voted to amend district policy so that BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) teachers only may receive “additional stipends” to become mentors to BIPOC colleagues. The new policy will also provide funds for “placing American Indian educators at sites with other American Indian educators and educators of color at sites with other educators of color.”

In addition to the new policy not being racist, it’s also not segregationist. [sarc]

School board member Erin Roberts ‘splained, as transcribed by Alpha News:

When you’re one [minority] of a [white] majority it can be very isolating and lonely. To have a support system in place for them is not to segregate them, it is absolutely to support them. It’s not about trying to throw the few [BIPOC] individuals we have into one building. It’s about showing them they aren’t alone.

Right. By paying them more to hang out as a group, based solely on race. Sounds totally legit.

This is the point where I wonder aloud — rhetorically — what would happen if, say, oh, white teachers were singled out and paid more to hang out with other white teachers. That could never happen, of course, nor should it. So why is it okay in this case? Because racism.

Board Vice-Chair Kenneth Reid offered up the funniest defense of the new policy:

It creates global citizens at the end of the day.

I wonder where these “global citizens” fit relative to Hillary’s “It takes a village” crowd? Probably in the advanced rationalization category.

MN state Rep. Jeremy Munson slammed the new policy on Facebook. Excerpts:

Our largest local school district just voted to pay people differently, not on merit, or by the content of their character, but based solely on the color of their skin. […]

Mankato Area Public Schools Policy number 466 provides pay for black and native American school staff above [that] which is paid to white employees.

In addition to developing a Staff Development Plan, the Staff Development Advisory Committee also must develop teacher mentoring programs for teachers new to the profession **or school district, including teaching residents, teachers of color, teachers who are American Indian, teachers in license shortage areas, teachers with special needs.**

I voted against this legislation. I called it racist when we debated it and believe it is wrong, racist, and unconstitutional to pay people more money or less money based solely on the color of their skin.

“Have your local school boards passed similar measures and what are your thoughts on this new direction?” asked Munson. Any doubts that the answer is yes?

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. lived and ultimately gave his life so that his “four little children [could] one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.” Now, more than 58 years after MLK delivered his famous “I Have A Dream” speech in front of the Lincoln Memorial, the radical left in America is hellbent on flipping Dr. King’s dream on its head.

From Marxist-derived Critical Race Theory indoctrination of young school kids, to race-shaming and claims of systemic racism based solely on skin color, to paying non-white teachers more than white teachers — for segregating themselves with non-white colleagues.

What would Martin Luther King think, today?

What would John F. Kennedy, who said “Ask not what your country can do for you; ask what you can do for your country,” think today?

Dunno. But I do know this: The rabid left wouldn’t care what they thought — and would do their radical best to marginalize or destroy them.

Go figure.

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