Washington suggested prioritizing ‘students of color’ for in-classroom learning – then tried to cover it up


WASHINGTON STATE – Just days earlier, on July 7th, there was a tad bit of controversy circulating with regard to the state of Washington’s school district planning guide for reopening public schools for the fall of 2020.

The guide dubbed as “Reopening Washington Schools 2020” carried text on pages 31 and 32 that suggested prioritizing “students of color” when considering what students would receive an in-person classroom experience versus continuing virtual learning.

According to the document, potential methods of restarting in-person learning when certain schools are considering a “phase-in by priority” approach could be “serve all elementary students first,” or they could consider:

“Serve students furthest from educational justice first, including students with disabilities, English learners, students experiencing homelessness, students experiencing poverty, students of color, and other student groups.”

Well, at least that’s what the document said before – until the online document was conveniently scrubbed of the pages that held said information.

Washington suggested prioritizing 'students of color' for in-classroom learning - then tried to cover it up
Pages 31 and 32 have been scrubbed from the online document on reopening schools

Somehow, the pages magically disappeared from the document that instructed schools to consider prioritizing “students of color” over white students because they’re automatically considered to be “furthest from educational justice” versus their white peers.

Washington suggested prioritizing 'students of color' for in-classroom learning - then tried to cover it up
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Washington suggested prioritizing 'students of color' for in-classroom learning - then tried to cover it up
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Looking at the document, one can clearly see that somehow page number 30 goes directly to page number 33. One might wonder why the document in question would attempt to cover that information that was once prominently displayed.

Luckily, the internet is forever when it comes to historical snapshots of web pages – and our team at Law Enforcement Today was able to obtain an archived version of the same webpage here to showcase the document as it was originally published.

While there’s hardly anything offensive in text on page 31 of the document – it is where the concept of phasing in students begins which is likely why it was removed so as not to showcase that the document was altered.

Here’s a screen shot of the entirety of page 32 from the document that illustrates the recommendation that certain student’s right to an in-person education supersedes that of other students.

Washington suggested prioritizing 'students of color' for in-classroom learning - then tried to cover it up
Original document that hosted page 32 on Washington state’s school reopening plan

No matter how one looks at the originally published suggestion, it’s troubling all around. Because in one manner, it suggests that “students of color” are disadvantaged educationally solely because of their skin color. On the other hand, the notion could also be perceived as racially discriminatory toward white students. 

Overall, not a good look coming from Washington state school officials. 

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But, this may just be another possible double standard akin to what the country has seen lately – much like what recently happened in Martinez, California. 

In a bizarre move regarding alleged vandalism of a mural, a couple in California that were said to have painted over a Black Lives Matter mural placed directly on a city road have been charged with a hate crime.

David Nelson and Nicole Anderson are said to be the two individuals showcased in a viral video that had a man and a woman painting over a Black Lives Matter mural on July 4th shortly after it was completed.

The mural in question was approved by the city of Martinez, and defacing the mural does afford the ability to bring forth criminal charges for the alleged vandalism.

Both Nelson and Anderson are alleged to have arrived at the site of the mural outside of the Wakefield Taylor Courthouse with paint and some rollers, and proceeded to cover the letters “B” and “L” with black paint atop of the mural.

During the viral video, the man alleged to be Nelson stated the following while the woman was applying the paint to the lettering on the road:

“We’re sick of this narrative, that’s what’s wrong. The narrative of police brutality, the narrative of oppression, the narrative of racism, it’s a lie.”

By allegedly applying said paint over a couple of the letters on the ground, the two were subsequently charged with violation of civil rights, vandalism under $400 and possession of tools to commit vandalism or graffiti. The hate crime in question that has been cited appears to be the alleged civil rights violation.

Contra Costa County District Attorney Diana Becton had the following to say about the charges brought forth:

“We must address the root and byproduct of systemic racism in our country. The Black Lives Matter movement is an important civil rights cause that deserves all of our attention.”

The county attorney continued her take on the alleged criminal conduct by the duo, likening the defaced mural as something that is “peaceful” and “powerful”:

“The mural completed last weekend was a peaceful and powerful way to communicate the importance of Black lives in Contra Costa County and the country. We must continue to elevate discussions and actually listen to one another in an effort to heal our community and country.”

Although Law Enforcement Today has not been able to verify the legitimacy of the fundraiser, there has been one started on GoFundMe to attempt to help with the legal battle David and Nicole are facing.

We have reached out to the organizer to validate the source and will update when we can say for sure that the funds will actually go to the couple.

In the meantime, Martinez Police Chief Manjit Sappal also commented on the case, stating the following:

“The community spent a considerable amount of time painting this mural only to have the suspects destroy it by dumping and rolling paint over part of the message.”

While the citing of a “hate crime” in the charges levied against the two suspects sounds alarming, all of the three charges are simple misdemeanors. A court date hasn’t been set yet against the two, but the longest sentence either could receive if convicted would be a year in the county jail.

Now, what is all the more interesting is if anyone from the Black Lives Matter group that recently tore down the statue of Junipero Serra in Capitol Park in Sacramento, California will face any hate crime charges if arrested.

On July 4th, ironically the same day that Nelson and Anderson committed their alleged vandalism of painting over a mural, vandals tore down the monument of the saint and Spanish missionary in Sacramento.

Considering the elements and means used to charge the duo implicated in the Black Lives Matter mural defacing, those very same charges could be brought against the destroyers of the statue in Sacramento as they not only used tools to tear down the statue and splashed paint in the area – it also falls under a civil rights violation.

While the aforementioned could be done to those captured on video destroying the monument of the saint – if one were being intellectually honest, any arrested for said offense likely wouldn’t get the same charges.

Since the video of the vandalism caught on camera features chants in the background clamoring “black people rise up,” most can understand why that vandalism case will be swept under the proverbial rug.

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