The Shreveport Times has been covering the story of the nine black children sent to the back of the bus to sit in two assigned seats. According to their coverage, the bus driver has been suspended without pay, pending an investigation.
Red River School Board member Kassandria Wells White said the issue will be addressed at the board’s Sept. 5 meeting.
It would be interesting to attend that meeting and hear what is being said. NAACP District Vice President James Panell, of Shreveport called for an investigation and said:
“We fought that battle 50 years ago, and we won. Why is this happening again?”
The Shreveport Times issued an editorial:
There is no defensible explanation — let alone an excuse — for sending nine black children to the back of a parish school bus. But that’s apparently what a bus driver did even after complaints resulted in orders for her to assign seats to students.
In 2006, such an act is almost beyond comprehension, if not for the obvious racial insult, then for its illegality and the practical consideration of losing one’s job.
Almost 51 years after Rosa Parks took her bus seat for equality and 52 years after the U.S. Supreme Court struck down separate-but-equal school policies, cluelessness is no more an excuse for such bonehead actions than calculated racism.
Racist rhetoric, which has been spewing forth from Republican candidates and media, creates a climate in which racists feel validated and empowered. The result is this sort of abuse.
The Shreveport Times concludes with the following:
We’re not perfect, nor is any other state. But there are too many Louisianans who understand the fundamentals of racial equality for us all to be grouped under the dunce cap in a remedial class on civil rights.