If it sometimes seems as though people are making things up to be triggered by, it’s probably because people are making up things to be triggered by, as evidenced by a group of Oregon “BIPOC’ (Black, Indigenous, and people of color) elementary school teachers who have now determined that eye-rolling is a “harmful practice rooted in white supremacy.”
In an email obtained by Fox News to Errol Hassell Elementary School administrators, the teachers, reportedly fueled by a rumor that their principal, Cynthia Lam Moffett, was about to be fired, stated, “We believe that much of the resistance to Principal Moffett’s work… is a result of bias and targeted aggression.”
“As BIPOC educators we have observed, experienced, and witnessed similar micro and macro aggressions,” the email continued, went on, and further stated with no academic awareness of redundancy.
The concerned educators listed the many “micro and macro aggressions” staff members exhibited in response to the news the principal was getting sacked.
“Staff members rolled their eyes during… meetings while Principal Moffett is speaking,” they alleged. “Staff raised their voice and interrupted Principal Moffett during… meetings, and spoke in a disrespectful and aggressive manner.”
But, claim the teachers, Principal Moffett wasn’t the only one under assault. BIPOC staff was being “ignored and bothered” by “aggressive” emails and “behaviors” over the school radio.
“Some of the White staff members undermine the chain of command and go over BIPOC leaders and communicate directly to Patrick about issues that can be solved and are solved in-house,” they complained.
“Staff members protesting book club focused on dismantling… racial oppression,” was another trigger.
It’s so bad, the teachers say, “BIPOC feels uncomfortable in our building to the point that some of us are experiencing extreme anxiety because we feel unsafe… at our worksite. Our emotion[al] and physical well-being has been impacted not only by these actions but also by the lack of response and support from district leadership.”
“BIPOC staff is being called divisive for bringing up these issues and asking for support,” the email stated.
They aren’t “divisive,” the teachers insisted, they are only trying to “dismantle harmful practices rooted in white supremacy.”
“The potential of losing an intentional culturally responsive leader is sending a chilling message to us as BIPOC staff [at] Erroll Hassel and across the district, that BIPOC educators and leaders that prioritize equitable practices will be tokenized, silenced, and pushed out,” they wrote. “This situation is creating confusion and fear among us and it is leading us to question why we are not being heard and instead are being labeled as divisive when we are trying to dismantle harmful practices rooted in white supremacy.”
“We feel that the actions we have witnessed and experienced this year have greatly harmed us,” the teachers said.
They then demanded confirmation from the Beaverton School District that Moffett would not, in fact, be fired.
They also want to prevent staff members from “undermine[ing] Principal Moffett’s authority and ignoring the chain of command by having direct access to the executive that supervises her” and a full investigation into the “biased and racial aggressions.”
The school’s “administrators, the signatories, as well as the superintendent” did not respond to Fox News Digital’s requests for comments, but, thankfully, Twitter was full of them.
I’m sorry. This is laughable. https://t.co/9fUE0ECsWZ #FoxNews
— Bradleyjinc (@bradleyjinc) June 24, 2022
Is there a severe shortage of teachers with common sense? How do these idiots ever get hired?
— Sadie Taylor (@JeanHar28691144) June 24, 2022
Hey Twitter… Eyerolling emojis🙄are white supremacy.https://t.co/Ks05rsTOXj
— Joe Blow 🐒💉 (@Banned_Joe_Blow) June 24, 2022
That’s funny because I remember learning the sarcastic eye roll from my black female friends growing up.
— Nunya (@jennathebroke) June 24, 2022
I'll have you know my eye-rolling is racially balanced and PC.https://t.co/Y5Eu8Rg3zd
— george dunagin (@george_dunagin) June 24, 2022
When will we get out of middle school, America??? I weep for our future.
— Jordansdad (@allgirlsohno) June 24, 2022
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