Teachers at Seattle elementary school will wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts next week

Teachers at Seattle elementary school will wear Black Lives Matter t-shirts next week
Image: KING video screen grab

No telling whether they will take a knee during the recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance.

Seattle NBC affiliate KING quotes Marjorie Lamarre, a third-grade teacher at John Muir Elementary School, who told reporters she has a “responsibility to show that she cares,” adding:

To be silent would be almost unforgiveable, and I think we have been silent for almost too long.

Almost.

The idea was the brainchild (if that is the correct word) of Jennifer Whitney — who appears to be white. She is quoted as saying that she “wants to start conversations about race” and “why they see people of color dealing with incarceration rates that are too high and college graduation rates that are too low.”

That sounds like a perfectly appropriate topic for third grade … so long as the intention is to instill resentment and self-pity in children far too young to understand.

Another teacher, JR Lorca, predicts:

[T]here will be some pushback from the t-shirts, but I think that is an invitation for families in the community that might not agree with us to come in and have a discussion with us.

Apparently not all parents or community members are opposed to the t-shirts, which — the article notes — were paid for by donations.

The wisdom of initiating discussions of race as early as kindergarten is open to debate. What is not debatable is that Black Lives Matter is a militant organization that advocates the wholesale murder of police. That’s a rotten lesson for students of any age.

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles

Ben Bowles is a freelance writer.


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