My youngest child precociously brilliant has had a long tortured history with the North side of the County we live in. Every time she excels in her test scores like when she scored at the top of advanced in all subjects especially math she received a letter from a North Dekalb elementary school where an astronaut had graduated from saying come here. The black teacher who taught her math kept her from recess or lunch I don’t remember which because her problem was wrong. This was psychological torture. I watched this black teacher preen and pet white students like she was Aunt Jemima on a plantation or better yet Stephen the Butler in Tarantino’s Django. I could not help but believe the purpose of their inviting my kid to this school was to take her light and destroy her. I withdrew her to home school her where she still excelled on her standardized tests and did her work.
My son attended a middle school not quite in North Dekalb it was in Tucker and began with a school that had a lovely staff. A male white principal, a supportive black counselor who graduated from Columbia University and teachers of all races that were very good. I mention Columbia University because when you have educators from elite colleges on staff in the South and I mean it with a Capital S, you know that the principal and administrators are about the business of educating children and not blackmailing teachers to do what they want to do for a job. In my son’s last year they got a new principal and I wanted to mention this because of my daughters plight with a principal with the same last name, I heard a member of the PTA say to the principal you have to do these things in order to get the kids from the private school to come here…… As my daughter had her spirit treaded on and jumped on at Druid Hills High School, I often ponder on these words and wonder if there is a family of Django’s with the same last name in Dekalb County destroying black children for their plantation owners.
I always blame my kid’s plight on me. I hate to look in the mirror and see myself look ugly which I can look if I choose to. My son figured it out early. He can get a haircut and look like a GQ model. I would instruct the barbers to give him an awesome fade and he began to tell them just shave it off. My son finally told me if he wanted to get good grades he had to look plain. In this county that’s all I see is plain women with short hair in pants. Personally, it looks like a county of women who have given up their femininity as in don’t try to look good on this plantation. Unfortunately, I show it all my cleavage my legs and choose to wear a wig which actually my alum at Georgia State in Atlanta suggested I do, which did make me feel better and much less insecure as a woman. So this is what makes me stand out and thus makes the PTA determined to get rid of us.
My daughter received many invitations and acceptances to come to schools across Dekalb because of her high test scores. The first one was Stephenson High School which she chose to go to because of it’s proximity to our house. We have a high school in front of us which is excellent but my kid refuses to wear a uniform and I know it’s discrimination pure and simple to have black poor kids wear uniforms and affluent white or black kids wear what they want. I had to withdraw my kid out of Stephenson the first week because my kid had a dress and leggings on and security called me to bring her new clothes. Now my kid is offended by JLO saying JLO got a big ole butt so their was nothing inappropriate about her dress. It was pure and simple meaness on the the part of the administration or security that caused this to happen. So I looked at one of the other letters and said hmm let’s try this school it is an IB school even thought it’s far.
The reality was and is this school tries to psychologically destroy and does not accept intelligent black children as defined but 90th percentile on the PSAT which would have been higher if she had not attended that school in her ninth grade year. My kid who is very quiet like a shy mouse has been publicly embarrassed and called out by teachers. She has been subject to a grading system that is incomprehensible, meaning the teachers just come up with a grade out of their heads. My kid who always turns in her work sometimes it’s been late has been subjected to a 25 percent deduction for each day her work was late which not even in college have I ever seen before and all of this from not one teacher who comes from an elite college when the high school is practically on the grounds of Emory University and sits beside the medical school. It is rather perplexing that this school does not hire a prestigious staff but the reason is people from elite universities are not bots and are not trying to collect a check by being the administrators puppet.
I think the most egregious thing tha destroyed my kids spirit was coming an hour to school in heavy traffic and being two minutes late, having to wait fifteen minutes for a late pass, and when she got too many of these tardies being given detention and threatened with in school suspension. The traffic is a nightmare and we left home at least an hour and thirty minutes before school started to get there each day and could still be late but my daughter started to do her work. My daughter’s spirit was really broken when she was making A’s and B’s and they started putting in her progress report sheet you are not making the standard prepare to leave at the end of the year. This really depressed her and she started to ask me what did that mean? I said it might be because of the tardies but after she received the letter for a third time this kid literally shut down and said this is what they expect from me this is what I will give them and she under performed. This was Psychological torture at Druid Hills High School a North Dekalb High School in Georgia.
As I finish with this I have other stories like the BETA club discriminating against black and students of all races students they can’t join without prior volunteer experience which is pretty hard to get if your family works and you don’t have transportation…