Friday, July 26, 2019
TKC MUST READ!!! EPIC RANT DESTROYS KANSAS CITY STAR DEFENSE OF CONTROVERSIAL DR. DENNIS CARPENTER AFTER $750K RESIGNATION DEBACLE!!!
This treatise is one of the most brilliant things ever shared with TKC and it deserves to start the day for our reader community which strives to look at BOTH sides of every issue. We may not agree with every word of this response to The Star's editorial on the high-profile resignation but the issues this essay addresses thoughtfully deserve to be considered by everyone researching this topic . . . A special thanks to the reader who selflessly spent a lot of time putting this together.
TKC READER RESPONSE TO KANSAS CITY STAR DEFENSE OF FORMER LEE'S SUMMIT SCHOOL SUPERINTENDENT
Everyone's quite familiar with the racist hypocrites populating the editorial board at this dying newspaper, owned by the McClatchy Co. of California, which itself has a racist pedigree and is financially propped up by multiple offshore funds.
Still, it's always surprising when those who actually call themselves journalists actively propagate misinformation, if not completely fabricate a story so slanted that the print version features ink running at an angle!
Dr. Dennis Carpenter, former Superintendent of the Lee's Summit School District, resigned his position this week and reportedly will receive a $750,000 buyout settlement. But the Star Editorial Board considers him a victim. He's a victim, according to the Star, because he's a person of color, just as they consider all people of color to be victims by default.
The Kansas City Star and corporate media in general operate under the protocol of racial stereotyping as the everyday norm. White population majorities are always guilty, until proven innocent, of attempting to oppress minority groups and specifically individuals of color. The media practices this reverse logic to promote their divisive liberal ideology and keep Americans separated and fighting amongst themselves. Their goal is not a united national fabric of red, white, and blue, but rather an infinite number of pigeonholes into which disparate special-interest groups may be shelved and warehoused.
And all of this is done by a media who themselves commit the very sins which they accuse others of being guilty. The Kansas City Star Editorial Board is -- wait for it -- exclusively white, save for their new member of color who was added only when it became painfully obvious that they were being mistaken as members of a JOCO golf club. Say one thing in-print/on-air and then go home at the end of the day to your safe suburban, majority white, good schools, low crime neighborhood.
But let me tell you about those evil folks in Lee's Summit (LS):
I'm told that racist white people don't hire people of color, yet the previous school board actually hired Dr. Carpenter away from the struggling Hickman Mills School District, where he had been a divisive leader and faced legal issues.
His LS contract provided a base salary of $235,000/year plus benefits. But that wasn't good enough. A frustrated Dr. Carpenter stated at one board meeting that "a black man had to work twice as hard, to get half as much" when attempting to coerce board members votes.
He could have easily served for many years, but his personality of purposeful provocation led him to repeatedly insult his employers, accuse the broad community of being racist, insult the Lee's Summit Police Department, all while aggressively pushing a pie-in-the-sky "equity plan" that had no basis for closing the achievement gap. The representative from Educational Equity Consultants confessed to the board that his team's work was "hopeful" but had no positive track-record to substantiate claims. $225/hour per consultant is obviously a scam for anyone with eyes wide open.
When he was first introduced to the district at Lee's Summit West High School, Dr. Carpenter pledged to improve communication throughout the district and take a steady-as she-goes, non-disruptive approach. He quickly broke that pledge and reverted back to his activist bomb-throwing tactics of dividing the community along racial socioeconomic lines.
Will the real Dr. Dennis Carpenter please step forward? For a man who publicly describes himself as "Believer, Husband, Father, Friend and Equity-Focused Leader" it was shocking when photos appeared on social media clearly showing him drinking and flipping the middle finger while mugging for the camera. Yet, the supposedly white racist school board accepted his excuses, held him to a lesser standard than other staff and students, and signaled that they would not hold him accountable for violations of policy, but instead continue enabling his insurgency.
Dr. Carpenter was never well-suited for the suburban LS R-7 district, having fully committed to the Pied Piper of "educational equity", going so far as to adopt the Twitter handle @EquitySupt1 .
According to one public comment from Dr. Carpenter, the number one priority in the LS R-7 needed to be "addressing racial inequity." Not, focusing on student academics, or building infrastructure, or supporting teachers, or rebuilding community trust, or prudent budgeting, but a preoccupation/obsession on all things racial. With mediation talks still on-going, Dr. Carpenter purposely threw fuel on the fire when he sent tweets out on July 15 criticizing President Trump. It was clearly a purposeful provocation, completely unnecessary unless he was trying to get fired.
"Educational equity" is similar to "global warming/climate change" in that it overly relies upon blind faith rather than measurable science. Its roots sprang forth from the ashes of discriminatory racial programs like affirmative action, quotas, set-asides, etc. By design, it's difficult to define and hard to quantify results. It requires an initial leap of faith across the chasm of logic which ordinarily protects us from quackery. Equity skeptics are told by cult members that achievement gaps are NOT the result of socioeconomic/family/personal dynamics at play in under-performing students, but rather a conspiracy of racist whites imposing their unconscious bias against the minorities.
Here are the "equity" rules if you choose to play. White people are inherently racist. White people who resist forced equity training are manifesting their inner-Nazi/KKK. By default, people of color are oppressed victims. People of color cannot be racist or hold unconscious bias, as that's an exclusive white trait. The white majority are to peacefully surrender their employment positions in the district and representation on the school board. The district's long history of excellence was a historical fluke.
Let me give examples of Dr. Carpenter violating terms in his employment contract, IMHO.
1) He's named in a LS R-7 employment discrimination lawsuit, alleged to have eliminated a woman from consideration for a post, based solely on her race.
2) The aforementioned social media scandal whereby the Superintendent appeared to be promoting alcohol and vulgar gestures while serving as role-model for the district.
Now, let's debunk once more the media's oft-repeated false claim that racist white forces had threatened physical violence against Dr. Carpenter, resulting in the Jackson County Sheriff's office to provide round-the-clock security.
The truth was more like this, right in the middle of the contentious debate over equity training, a friend-of-a friend saw a rumor on social media that someone was going to end up at the bottom of a lake. They then spread the rumor to those supporting Dr. Carpenter. The Lee's Summit Police Department thoroughly investigated the claim, interviewed everyone connected to it, and concluded there was no basis to the claim. Sheriff Forte came running into the racial controversy, while Dr. Carpenter ran to the media knowing they would slant the story to his benefit.
From a recent Star article: "Children of color and other minority groups scored lower than their majority white counterparts in every category of the assessment test. In 2016, black students accounted for 12% of the district’s enrollment, but represented nearly 36% of the district’s suspensions. A lack of diversity on the teaching staff and disproportionate discipline of minority students all contribute to Lee’s Summit’s achievement gap."
The first 2 sentences above are fact-based, the 3rd sentence is a bald lie. This is a propaganda tactic employed by dishonest media attempting to sway gullible readers. Claiming that the Lee's Summit student achievement gap is due to a too white teaching staff and holding all students accountable for their behavior, is once again perpetuating the false claim that people of color are victims and incapable of thriving in the LS R-7. This type of pernicious stereotyping by the liberal-dominated media is one of the greatest threats to minority groups breaking free of the victimhood indoctrination and realizing their full potential. The good news? Most who've moved into the LS R-7 place a high value on education and their children are proving they can effectively compete with any other student. A high school valedictorian who happens to be black, is prima facie evidence that "educational equity training" is a rabbit hole for districts to flush funds, fracture the community, and abandon the American ideal of equality for all. Remember that equity gurus constantly reinforce the mantra that "equity is not equality."
What should happen now? Dr. Carpenter took the money and ran. Three current school board members should be offering their resignations, as they've been part of this ongoing fiasco, on the wrong side of these issues. The contract with Educational Equity Consultants should be revoked for misrepresentation. Anyone doing a cursory examination of this group will uncover serious troubling issues. The remaining 4 board members should immediately set about returning the focus to stabilizing the school district and preserving its excellent reputation. The district should be promoting from within, forgoing an unnecessary outside search for new leadership. Concentrate time and resources on educating the children and young adults, including programs to lift those who struggle. Learn your lesson, how compounded mistakes can quickly threaten the integrity of what's taken decades to build.
You decide . . .