• Uppity Black Teen Uses Racism to Upset Arkansas High School? – It’s about Morality, Stupid

    July 26, 2011 3:37 pm 48 comments
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  • PINE BLUFF, Ark. (AR) – Kimberly Wimberly, a black student at McGehee Secondary School, completed her High School Career with a single B grade. Through hard work she earned the top academic grades for her graduating class. This in itself should have garnered her superlative status as valedictorian, but in a bold move, the principal Darrell Thompson told the student’s mother “that he decided to name a white student as co-valedictorian.”

    Wimberly says the school discourages black students from taking honors and advanced placement classes, “by telling them, among other things, that the work was too hard.”

    The liberal media appears very quick to jump on the soul train and sing “We Shall Overcome” for an Arkansas race issue. Two facts are consistently pointed out within the mass media reporting the case to support racism. First, McGehee Secondary School is predominantly white, 46 percent African-American and 54 percent white. Second, the last African-American valedictorian in McGehee School District was in 1989. If one only has these two facts, the case for racism seems plausible. A third and important fact has not been as widely reported.

    Kimberly Wimberly is a teenage mother. [LINK]

    Part of being the highest performing student is not limited to only grades, but moral character. While Kimberly Wimberly achieved the highest quality of performance compared to her predominately white classmates, her moral character was determined to be quite low.

    The National Honor Society describes itself as “the nation’s premier organization established to recognize outstanding high school students.” The NHS was founded in 1921 by the National Association of Secondary School Principals and will exclude students for “character” or citizenship “standards.” Arkansas high schools routinely assign, as part of the performance evaluation, a “citizenship” grade determined by teachers and moral authorities of the school.

    Young men typically are valedictorians because they have the common sense not to become pregnant. If they did, they certainly would not carry the child to full term or acknowledge their responsibility. Those actions would lead to expulsion from the National Honor Society, which is an important part of the college application. According to High School Guidance Counselors, many Colleges and Universities will cull applicants on membership in the National Honor Society.

    A young man’s character won’t be held to the same standard as a young woman’s character because as we say in the south, “Mamma’s baby, Pappa’s maybe.” It would be a violation of civil rights to demand a virginity examination for female Honor Students or a DNA test to determine the father. That doesn’t stop folks from thinking of such tests. And while many principals and superintendents may entertain the notion of tests to prove sexual morality, few are willing to jump headfirst into this socially engineered buzz saw. Therefore they simply rely on unwed pregnancy as an indicator of character. This method has proven successful for many years and few will sue on the debate.

    Had she procured a secretive abortion or had the good sense to be born male, this would not be an issue and would save embarrassment for the school board. Many have shown abortion to be a winning strategy in avoiding such problems.

    While still a High School youth in the 1980’s, I publicly declined my National Honor Society invitation because another student was rejected for giving birth to a child. I was given a two day suspension to work on my sunbathing skills after a legendary extemporaneous speech given during a NHS orientation meeting that ended in cheers from fellow students and angry glares from several NHS sponsors. Some mentioned “the speech” at the 20th class reunion, but they may have been trying to draw my attention. No one in authority appreciates the well-tanned non-conformist. I blame it on all these dad-burned liberal diversity programs and sunscreen commercials. Thank goodness I grew up and gained some sense and quality moisturizers, even if the teen mom was mistakenly admitted to NHS right before graduation.

    While attitudes on sunbathing have changed, the standard for what constitutes “good character” has not. Conventional wisdom whispers that a girl in trouble should not be allowed to flourish or thrive. They must be punished for the good of their bastard children so they might not follow the same path. It is a well reasoned truth.

    Young women that dare flaunt their immorality publicly cannot be held in high esteem. To do so would call into question the conventional wisdom and high moral standard. Some shows like Teen Mom’s are very effective in illustrating these moral tenants and rewarding the premise that teen moms are only successful at incubation. The shows format is popular for the couch coach activist.

    The assignment of a co-valedictorian sends a message to the community and Kimberly Wimberly. That message is “we do not approve of gestation in our schools.” The way this story has been reported in even liberal rags like the Huffington Post also sends the same disapproving message. The fact that Kimberly’s legal battle is focused on racism supports the conventional wisdom that having a child out of wedlock is worthy of the public dilution of laudable accomplishments. They can only file complaints of racism because all are certain of Kimberly’s flawed morality. Why else would the media and Kimberly Wimberly play the race card instead of addressing gender bias in the standard of achievement?

    For those that require the safety net of ‘satire’ for social commentary, I didn’t attend my 20th class reunion. I was 9 months knocked up at the time.


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