So this happened.
Joining the many talking heads discussing the termination of school resource officer Ben Fields for his excessive handling of a Black student at a South Carolina high school, two Fox 26 Houston guests squared off in a fiery debate that reveals everything that’s wrong with how Black communities are portrayed in America.
The face-off between Angela Box, a former school teacher, and Quanell X, a leader of the New Black Panther Party, began with Box explaining how Fields was fired “for doing his job.”
“I can guarantee you as a teacher this wasn’t the first time this happened…this was no innocent little lamb,” Box says of the teenage girl who was slammed and dragged across the classroom floor by Fields. “I think it’s high time we start addressing the root cause of it all, the disrespect of teachers, this Black Lives Matter movement, this perpetual chip on your shoulder against everybody that’s not like yourself. It’s got to stop, we’ve got to address the culture.”
Wait…Black Lives Matter is the root cause?
X replied, first addressing the officer’s behavior and calling for an indictment.
“Men should never deal and handle a woman like the way that cop handled that little girl. That is unbecoming of a man with decent character and conduct, that’s unbecoming of a police officer,” he said.
“Now for you to say we need to deal with the culture of Black kids in school, let’s deal with the culture of those crazy fanatic White boys who go in schools with guns and shoot and kill everybody,” he continued.
Box, clearly flustered, shot back. “Address the Black culture, the perpetual chip on your shoulder, blame Whitey,” she said, invoking the all too familiar and false rhetoric of Black on Black crime.
Enter X, who delivered the one statement that basically ended the squabble and, hopefully, made Box rethink her perspective on how Black culture is making it difficult for children to learn in schools.
“Don’t tell me a damn thing about the Black culture and kids in school, when it’s White boys who go in school and murder all kinds of innocent people. Don’t tell me that! We need to study these fanatic White boys!”
Touché, or too much?
And while X’s argument is valid, something also needs to be said about the lack of resources in health and education, poverty, location, and other systemic barriers that make it difficult for children to learn in schools.
And that’s not Black culture. That’s simply American culture.
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VIDEO SOURCE: Fox 26
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