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Today’s blacklisted American: White teachers blacklisted by union contract in Minnesota

Academia: dedicated to segregation!
Minnesota public schools and teachers unions:
dedicated to the new segregation!

“Segregation today, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever!” According to clauses in a new union contract in Minneeapolis, white teachers must be laid off or reassigned first should a layoff be required, and that “educators of color” will be exempt from such layoffs.

“Starting with the Spring 2023 Budget Tie-Out Cycle, if excessing a teacher who is a member of a population underrepresented among licensed teachers in the site, the District shall excess the next least senior teacher, who is not a member of an underrepresented population,” the agreement reads.

According to the United Federation of Teachers, “excessing” means “reducing staff in a particular school when there is a reduction in the number of available positions in a title or license area in that school.”

The agreement adds that non-white teachers, as well as those working in various programs, “may be exempted from district-wide layoff[s] outside seniority order.” The agreement also prioritizes the reinstatement of teachers from “underrepresented populations” over white teachers.

This contract is blatantly in violation of numerous civil rights laws, as well as several amendments to the Constitution. Expect numerous court suits if the school administration attempts to lay anyone off based on their race.

Morally, the contract is a perfect example of what was called a Jim Crow law in the South, when the Democratic Party controlled that region entirely and enforced such laws — often with violence by its armed wing, the KKK — to oppress blacks. Now, the modern Democratic Party is reintroducing such Jim Crow laws in the north, in the urban cities it controls, aimed at favoring blacks while oppressing whites.

There is no difference between these new bigoted union regulations and the past laws in the deep South. Both are still bigoted, exhibits of racism of the worst kind.

For a bit of entertainment, read this report about these racist union clauses, written by a reporter at the mainstream (leftist) Minnesota Star Tribune. To that reporter and this newspaper, firing whites solely because of their race as a good thing.

By next spring, however, teachers of color in the district will have new safeguards. The agreement that ended the three-week teachers strike this spring includes contract language that upends the traditional last-in, first-out hiring policies as a way to retain “members of populations underrepresented among licensed teachers.”

…The protections are a part of a larger portion of the union contract that includes other anti-racism and anti-bias provisions, including the establishment of a mentorship program for educators of color in the district. According to the contract, the protections are an effort “to remedy the continuing effects of past discrimination by the district” … resulting “in a lack of diversity of teachers.” [emphasis mine]

Both the reporter and the people she interviews do a lot of pretzel-twisting to try to obscure the fundamental racism of these contract clauses. Above all, they paint the clauses as good because of their good intentions.

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  • David Eastman

    A law I’d love to see: “In the case that a city, state, or other administrative body, such as a school district, enacts a law or policy that is facially a violation of a constitutional right, the cost of subsequent litigation will be borne by the persons responsible for enacting that policy. If the policy had been in effect prior to litigation, they will be responsible for any damages or costs even if they chose to cancel the policy or fail to defend the policy in court so as to attempt to avoid costs.”

  • David Eastman: Can I quote you in a future column?

  • David Lohnes

    Better let Biden know so he can accurately call something Jim Crow 2.0.

  • pzatchok

    I remember when racist Democrats and past Slave holders wanted to segregate blacks.
    And the blacks fought back against it.
    Now the blacks want segregation and are fighting for it.
    I wonder if they realize that white democrats are laughing at them into their shirt sleeves?

  • James Street

    You’re going in for open heart surgery. Do you want:
    a. The doctor hired for being most qualified.
    b. The doctor hired to fill a racial quota.

    You’re sending your child to school. Do you want:
    a. The teacher hired for being most qualified.
    b. The teacher hired to fill a racial quota.

  • John

    It was wrong then, and it’s wrong now. But to those people two wrongs make a right. The ends justify the means, do anything and everything to make things the way you know they should be.

  • Bob B

    Greta Callahan is president of the Minneapolis Federation of Teachers union’s teacher chapter. She happens to be white. I guarantee she will continue as the high paid president and not be laid off. The hypocrisy of the progressive elites is a given.

  • Lurking Observer

    The sad part, to James Street’s question, is that there are some parents, some people out there who would prefer the racial quota, even for themselves and their children.

    The larger portion of the public, of course, would SAY they want (or at least accept) the racial quota while actually, actively seeking out the more qualified. It’s not white liberals whose kids are being educated in DC schools, after all.

  • More divisive nonsense. Just what our country needs. Educators should be leaders, unifiers, not followers and dividers.
    And people wonder why many productive educators are leaving the profession.

  • Akaky

    The teachers’ unions have lawyers and those lawyers must know that these provisions violate civil rights laws. So why are the unions even putting these demands on the table, unless they are simply bargaining chips to be negotiated away when the time comes. And second, credit where credit is due: the photograph used in the article is by Elliott Erwitt.

  • Stick

    August 16, 2022 at 7:43 am

    The teachers’ unions have lawyers and those lawyers must know that these provisions violate civil rights laws. So why are the unions even putting these demands on the table, unless they are simply bargaining chips to be negotiated away when the time comes.

    It’s simply virtue signaling to the rest of the left and to the black and other minority teachers in the district. Yeah, they know it will be struck down in court but they don’t care. They won’t be paying the bills, the taxpayers will, and the lawyers who were paid to write this nonsense will be getting paid all over again to defend it in court.

  • David Eastman

    Sorry, just saw this: “Can I quote you in a future column?”

    Sure, go ahead. Though of course I am not a lawyer, and I’m pretty sure that as worded that wouldn’t work. But I’d really like to see a law to that effect.

  • Cotour

    Obviously, a civil Rights violation and a violation of the Constitution.

    What does the Left teach? Hatred, racism and retribution. Why do they not teach mutual respect?

    Because then they could not teach hatred, racism and retribution and divide people into tribes and keep them in line and voting for them and: hatred, racism and retribution.

    They like it, it suits them. If they did not have that they would have to be honest with the people, then no one would ever vote for them.


  • David Eastman: Thank you!

  • Cotour

    “The British Royal Air Force has suspended job offers to white men to meet their diversity targets. No longer will white men be hired to pilot the RAF planes. They are the wrong color and gender.

    The head of recruitment resigned over the impossible diversity targets. The liberals are compromising the UK’s safety to achieve their diversity targets.”

    This will be a good example for China to follow.

  • GaryMike

    Mission creep.

    I left teaching because, as a male, I could no longer protect myself from a random student’s claim that
    I had “touched them inappropriately”. Most teachers are now female. So are most all teacher sex offenders.

    (Just a thought: Aren’t most teacher union employees not female? Where is the alimony and child support going to come from?)

    I’ve friends who left corporate America decades ago because white males were automatically never going to be considered for promotion.

    One word: Ticks

    I don’t think it’s necessarily racism, even though it is.

    I think it’s more about identity politics, and we should embrace our identities every bit as much a they do.

    Cultural Appropriation Moment warning!!!: It’s at best a would be “Mexican stand-off” that we’ve already not lost.


  • wayne

    Kurt goes into the actual law governing these practices….

    “School Teachers Union Says Fire the Whites First”
    Kurt at Uncivil Law (August 22, 2022)

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