The race-baiting social justice warriors of the left are very selective in what they choose be outraged by. This time, a Long Island high school has turned a blind eye to racist bullying because the minority student targeted was the wrong minority.
The New York Post explains:
A white student at a predominantly Hispanic and black Long Island high school says he was targeted for punishment over his race — punched, hit with a chair and repeatedly called “cracker” and “white boy” — while administrators did nothing to protect him. Lawyers for Giovanni Micheli, now 23, aim to convince a federal jury that their client was singled out as a “minority” in Brentwood High School and then told by school officials, most of them white, to either “project more self-confidence” in order to stem the beating and berating — or leave. Micheli sued the Brentwood School District in 2010, and the trial opened Monday in Brooklyn federal court.
“Giovanni was a minority because he was Caucasian,” attorney Wayne Schaefer said in his opening statement. “This case is about discrimination against a minority student…. Our claim is that there was deliberate indifference because he was a Caucasian student complaining in a district where Caucasians are a minority.”
After his parents complained, administrators eventually removed Micheli from the campus in favor of home tutoring, according to Schaefer. Officials later turned down the family’s request to have the increasingly depressed and withdrawn student moved to another district. But Schaefer said the parents were told, “If we do that for him, we would have to do that for all the white children.”
This is a classic liberal double standard.
If a child feels trapped and unsafe in a school, he deserves the same protections the school affords all students, regardless of their race or ethnicity. These days, those protections, under the umbrella term zero tolerance, are lavished on students whose persecution in some cases is imaginary. Yet, when a student is genuinely victimized, he is hung out to dry because ensuring his well-being would place a burden on the school to “do the same for all the children” who look like him.
Try to imagine school administrators saying that to parents of a black student!