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You Know, Maybe It’s Time We Checked the Premise of Our Position

From The Telegraph [1] today :

A headteacher has defended her decision to investigate an allegation that a four-year-old boy was guilty of racism during a game of chase.

Anne Phipps acted after Rocky Smith spat at a 10-year-old black boy on the school’s playing field. She said she had no choice but to pursue the accusation, despite the child’s age.

Four years old?!!???!!

Mrs Phipps said: “When a child makes an allegation of any kind, whether it’s bullying, racism, or general unhappiness, we investigate by talking to them. We couldn’t dismiss this.

Ladies and gentlemen I give you the wussification of the west.

 

Mrs Phipps said: “When a child makes an allegation of any kind, whether it’s bullying, racism, or general unhappiness, we investigate by talking to them. We couldn’t dismiss this.

“A nursery nurse spoke to Rocky and I spoke to the older boy. We talked to them about what happened and why it might have happened. That’s what an investigation is in a primary school.

“In this case, a little boy did think something had happened and felt he had been singled out. But after investigating, I decided this was not the case – it was just naughty behaviour.”

Rocky’s parents, Sarah, 35, and Iain Smith, 37, are demanding an apology from the school.

Mrs Smith said: “After it happened, I said to Rocky ‘what is a racist?’ and he said ‘it’s when you have races with your friends and the person who wins is it’. I can’t believe they even called me. Rocky was wrong for lashing out and I’ve spoken to him about that, but how can a four-year-old be racist?

Perhaps somebody ought to have taken the ten year old aside and taught him how everything did not center around racism.  As it stands, that image is now reinforced in his mind, that white people are out to get him.  Even the four year old white people.

You know, at some point, we’re going to have to check the premise that everything centers around racism.  We may find that it’s not the case.

At which point we may actually start becoming race neutral.  Not, I think, until then.