Letter to the editor: Regarding Sheriff Barnes
*Editor’s note: This letter was sent to YES! Weekly’s Facebook inbox as a response to what the “Sheriff Barnes” Facebook page posted on May 17 at 6:53 p.m. Sheriff Barnes’s status has been reprinted below:
Sheriff Barnes: Today at noon there was a fight at two of our schools that can be traced back to the same issue. Eastern Guilford’s fight was handled quickly with no need for arrest. I’m afraid the fight at my old high school Ragsdale, did not end as well. There were multiple arrests made for such charges as affray (fight), assault of a government official (teachers and administrators) and assault of a law enforcement official. Now for the common issue. Each fight started because the participants were from different competing areas. Translation students being bussed in from other areas for the sake of diversity. At Ragsdale it was Greensboro against High Point, at Eastern it was Greensboro against the county. You can read gangs into this with no problem. I understand the thinking on having a diverse population and opportunities, but is it fair to the students, the parents and just as important the teachers? When you bus a kid into a school where he or she have no common interest are you giving the child a diverse education or are you subjecting them to stresses that add the problems associated with their age and the fact thy do not have the support of friends and neighbors and the ability for parents to be a part of the school scene because they may not have transportation to allow them to participate in their kids school. Add to that, the transportation time where these kids are subjected to hours on a school bus that they don’t have with family and friends. Have we put too much emphasis on being politically correct and too little on what’s best for the child. Teachers are one of the three groups I believe should get instant access into heaven, teachers, law enforcement and nurses, because they’ve done their time in he!!.
My response: This is what the current Sheriff of Guilford County posted today on his Facebook page in response to student fights at schools.
Diversity is not about being politically correct and to his point, the same arguments he is making were made in opposition to desegregation. To say the children don’t have the same common interest is interesting because the goal is the same…to get an education. The students who may have any issues with adjusting, adapting or accepting should be addressed as individuals not as a boycott against diversity or infusion. More to the point, these comments are coming from someone with the following record: No black males hired as BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training) and only one black female in more than 20 years (1994-2015) until employee EEOC complaints and lawsuits were filed. No blacks promoted to the rank of sergeant or above as first line supervisors in sworn positions (deputy sheriffs) in more than 20 years (1994-2016) until employee EEOC complaints and law suits were filed. Black officers segregated to detention (jail) jobs while white officers hired for patrol and detention. Blacks given a chance to go out on patrol after being required to work first in the jail for years. Etc., etc., etc. I believe I would stay clear of words like “diversity” and “politically correct” with a record like that!
Kelly Jo Netter
Greensboro, North Carolina