The president of the Pasco Association of Educators (PAE) claims reopening schools for in-person learning is an example of “white supremacy,” and compares listening to concerned parents to following rioters breaking into the U.S. Capitol. He even says concern over student suicide is an example of “white privilege.”
Scott Wilson, PAE president, made a series of unhinged, controversial remarks during a Pasco School Board meeting this week.
The statements come as the union pushes for total remote learning for elementary schools, even with near-consensus from the medical community that it is safe to reopen schools with mitigation policies in place. The petition the union promotes baselessly calls in-person learning “unsafe and unsustainable.”
“There are decisions to be made. You stand on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol as people break down barriers and head to the doors. Do you follow?” Wilson asked rhetorically. “You stand at the governor’s mansion. The crowd breaks down barriers to enter the grounds. Do you follow? Or do you choose a different way? We must not ignore the culture of white supremacy and white privilege.”
He connects reopening schools to pushes to re-open everything.
There is, of course, no reasonable comparison between the riot at the Capitol and safely reopening schools. To compare them suggests Wilson is either unclear about what reopening schools means (it’s not an act of sedition or treason), or he watches too much CNN.
But he wasn’t done with absurd comparisons.
“We speak of equity, we speak of care of all students, yet we listen and attend to voices saying ‘Reopen everything, I’m free to breathe,’ supporting white privilege,” Wilson said before comparing his fight to keep schools closed to fighting for civil rights for Black Americans.
It may be news to Wilson, but not everyone pushing to reopen schools is part of a right-wing movement to open society as if the coronavirus doesn’t exist. It’s a push by parents who understand the negative effects keeping a child isolated from his or her peers, not to mention the academic issues of students falling behind.
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