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‘Speak American’: New Jersey public high school teacher in mostly Democratic town tells Latino students

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A public high school English teacher making over $100,000 told a student last week to “speak American,” prompting a student walkout earlier today.

In a video shot presumably by a student in the back of the classroom, the teacher, identified in social media as a Ms. Amico, told her class:

“Men and women are fighting. They are not fighting for your right to speak Spanish. They are fighting for your right to speak American.”

Afterwards, one student can be seen getting up and leaving, and a second student responding to the teacher, “I speak Spanish, even when I know how to speak English.”

Background

This incident could serve as anecdotal evidence of Trumpist “build that wall” racism, or nativist intolerance of certain ethnic groups. That’s until research into the town in question — the leafy suburb of Cliffside Park, NJ, literally right across the Hudson River from New York City — shows it’s a Democratic Party-dominated town.

Cliffside Park voters went for Hillary Clinton last year by nearly two to one, with these official 2016 general election results showing Hillary got 5,474 votes to Donald Trump’s 3,119. Furthermore, if political party registration is a proxy for township sentiments, the numbers are even more overwhelming: 5,449 voters were registered Democrats, outnumbering the 1,439 registered Republicans nearly four-to-one.

Then, it gets better. The teacher cannot conclusively be found, but we found someone by the same name, not in the town of Cliffside Park or even anywhere else in that county, but instead just two miles to the south in a neighboring town (North Bergen, which is even closer to liberal New York), where Clinton won by an even larger margin of nearly three-to-one. Public records list an employee in the Cliffside Park Board of Education named Laura Amico with a salary of $100,900. Other public records show that a woman with the same name, aged 49, lives in a cliff-front condo with a postcard-picture view of the New York City skyline just two miles to the south in the neighboring town of North Bergen.

And the 2016 presidential results in North Bergen? Hillary got over 15,944 votes; Trump got 5,244.

‘Speak American’ teacher video sparks protests at N.J. high school (VIDEO) | NJ.com

http://www.nj.com/bergen/index.ssf/2017/10/speak_american_teacher_video_sparks_protests_at_nj_high_school.html#incart_river_homeAround 11:30 a.m., a fire alarm was pulled and hundreds of students came outside the school accompanied by staff members. Some students in this heavily-Hispanic district enthusiastically waved flags symbolizing their heritage as cheers went up from crowds gathered outside. Alfano said he expected the board would release a public statement in the coming days.

Takeaways

Student walkouts are nothing new. However, this teacher’s comments fall into the trap set by elitist opinion leaders in the news media and several professions looking for evidence of lurking racism among select population sectors.

The problem with that trap is that the “speak American” teacher is not from the traditional or even desired “suspect groups.” She is:

  • white (although it’s hard to accurately presume ethnicity merely from a surname)
  • female (we assume)
  • and a public school teacher (for the moment, at least)

Some bigger questions that are sure to be raised:

What are students doing with camera-equipped cell phones in public school classrooms?

What does “speak American!” say about the quality of public school — or any school — teachers?

And what else might schoolteachers and administrators be trying to hide?

Conservative corporate lawyer, commentator, blockchain technology patent holder and entrepreneur. Headquartered in a red light district in the middle of a deep blue People's Republic.

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  1. MissyT

    October 17, 2017 at 7:42 am

    This is a town where the Mayor’s wife is a principal in a grammar school and jobs are given as reward for loyalty. For the most part people talk the same dialogue as the Mayor just not to get in his ‘way’ when he becomes abusive and arrogant. If you ever heard the Mayor ‘speak’ he probably mentioned along the way his basketball career. This apparently is good experience for a mayor but then again his father was mayor for 50 years so in all reality it is a dysfunctional dynasty. Aside, Cliffside is one of the largest users of TANF money in Bergen County and the town cultivates a following to get more users of Section 8 in the town to ensure these people are grateful and follow them at all costs. With all of the Hispanics in the town I’m sure the Mayor will be happy to pontificate on this to curry favor. So many Hispanics in the town, but not one Hispanic on the council….strange eh? They think so much of the Hispanics but ensure not one makes it to the council.

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Whoopi is right about the behavior of UCLA Basketball players in China

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Whoopi Goldberg

I’m not a big fan of Whoopi Goldberg, okay but I have to tell you that I agree with her regarding the following statement.  This is in regards to a couple of UCLA basketball players who thought they could take something from a store in China and not pay for it.

You embarrassed your families, you embarrassed the country, and you embarrassed the president. Now I’m not a big fan of the president, but the fact that he had to call and get your asses out of there is not anything to be proud of or think is cool.  If this isn’t the stupidest thing a young person has done, particularly if you’re over six-feet tall, and black… is this just the ridiculous stupidity of youth?

Let me add one more thing. You’re an embarrassment to UCLA itself, and their athletic department as well.  Now I am not a big fan of those who run academia, but if these jerks are given the right punishment, I shall give the university credit and praise for doing it.  All right UCLA, the ball is in your court.  Do something right for once.

Further Reading

Whoopi Goldberg to ‘Stupid’ UCLA Players: You’re Fortunate Trump Could ‘Get Your A**es Out’ of China

http://freebeacon.com/issues/whoopi-goldberg-ucla-players-fortunate-trump-get-out-china/“Now, you’re in China—you’re this big!” she said, reaching high into the air to indicate the players’ height. “It’s not like you’re gonna blend, you’re not going to blend in, run out.”

Goldberg said their families and mentors had no doubt told them numerous times not to do things like this, and she said the foolishness of youth is the only explanation for something so dumb.

President Trump says ‘You’re welcome’ after UCLA Bruins players thank him for help with China incident

http://www.espn.com/mens-college-basketball/story/_/id/21432885/president-trump-says-welcome-ucla-bruins-players-thank-help-china-incidentUCLA athletic director Dan Guerrero said freshmen LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill stole from three stores, were arrested and surrendered their passports. Trump, who was already on an Asia trip, spoke to President Xi Jinping of China about the incident, and the players were allowed to return to the United States on Tuesday.

On Wednesday, all three read prepared statements at a news conference in which it was revealed that they have been suspended from the team indefinitely. They thanked the Chinese government and police for how they were treated and United States officials for helping secure their release.

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Deadly shooting at multiple locations in Rancho Tehama, including an elementary school

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Rancho Tehama School

At least five people are dead as a shooter engaged in multiple locations in Rancho Tehama. One of those locations was an elementary school where two children were injured.

Rancho Tehama, a northern California reserve, is a sparsely populated rural community. The shooter is among the dead. According to a Tehama County sheriff’s deputy, the shooting started around 8 a.m. and stretched across several locations. Over 100 law enforcement officers are at the scene.

Brian Flint, the alleged shooter’s neighbor, said the suspect killed his roommate and stole truck. “Kevin,” as Flint called him, is a known felon in his 50s.

This story is developing and will be updated regularly.

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3 dead after shooting at elementary school in Northern California – LA Times

http://beta.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-norcal-elementary-school-shooting-20171114-story.html“At this point, the suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets,” Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston told reporters. “I know of at least three deaths.”

Authorities said the shooting occurred around 8 a.m. in Rancho Tehama, near Red Bluff, about 120 miles northwest of Sacramento.

Rancho Tehama school shooting: Elementary students hospitalized following deadly California shootings: officials – CBS News

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/rancho-tehama-school-shooting-elementary-students-hospitalized-following-deadly-calif-shootings-officials/Tehama County Assistant Sheriff Phil Johnston, who according to CBS affiliate KHSL addressed reporters near the scene, said deputies were first alerted to a shooting in Rancho Tehama Reserve at around 8 a.m.

“That evolved to multiple victims and multiple shots at the school,” Johnston said, adding that he’s been told the suspected shooter was shot and killed by law enforcement. Investigators recovered a semi-automatic rifle and two handguns, according to Johnston.

Shootings at multiple sites kill 3, wound kids at school in rural Northern California – Chicago Tribune

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-red-bluff-california-shooting-20171114-story.html“It was right about 8 a.m. we had multiple shots fired in Rancho Tehama,” Johnston said. “That evolved to multiple victims and multiple shots at the school, at the elementary school. I am told at this point the suspected shooter is deceased by law enforcement bullets, that’s what I’m told.”

Jeanine Quist, an administrative assistant with the Corning Union Elementary School District, said no one was killed at the school with kindergarten through fifth grades but that a “number” of students were shot and wounded.

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Alternative Math: This satirical look at America’s education craziness is sadly too real

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Alternative Math

2+2=4. This is fact. Unfortunately, we’re heading towards a society that is so politically correct, we have to take into account feelings when it comes to facts. That’s the point of this satire by Ideaman, and it’s completely ludicrous…

…except that it’s no longer out of the question. With things changing so rapidly, can we really expect a scenario like this never playing out in the real world?

H/T: Moonbattery

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