Mobs have been rioting in the streets of America for years. They began with the election of Donald Trump as President of the United States. They continued with the George Floyd riots. Now we have pro-Palestinian students rioting at a high school against a teacher. Students at a high school in Queens screamed for retribution against a Jewish teacher who attended a pro-Israel rally while vandalizing the school.
Tony Kinnett writes about this riot in his article published in The Daily Signal.
He describes the situation in Queens as “another warning siren that America is
devolving quickly into chaos reminiscent of the French Revolution.”
The response so far to this disturbing
incident from New York City Mayor Eric Adams, a Democrat, has been nothing less
than reprehensible and cowardly.
Here’s what happened: After a photo of a
health teacher at Hillcrest High School in Queens was shared in a TikTok video,
showing the teacher holding an “I Stand With Israel” sign, students organized a
protest Nov. 20 outside her classroom door, demanding that the school fire her.
The protest, like so many others
associated with social “justice,” quickly whipped into a riotous frenzy.
Students screamed and attempted to enter the teacher’s room for over two hours.
Students admitted to vandalizing the
school during this riot, including ripping a water fountain from a wall and shattering
tiles in a boys’ restroom.
After two hours of terror, the New York
Police Department finally responded, including its counterterrorism bureau, to
investigate possible threats “against the school,” according to New York City
Council member James Gennaro, D-Queens.
The 23-year veteran teacher, whose name
was omitted by the New York Post from its coverage for her safety, told the
Post that she was “shaken to [her] core by the calls to violence against [her]
that occurred online and outside [her] classroom last week.”
announced that New York City Public Schools began an investigation and that “Project
Pivot teams” would lecture students about “diversity, equity, and inclusion”
and why their behavior is not acceptable. Kinnett gives his opinion as to what should
happen to the students.
It’s obvious to any individual with a
modicum of common sense that students who threaten the lives of others should
be suspended or expelled. This used to be the case nationwide, but teachers
unions and leftist professors deemed consequences “inequitable.”
It should be noted that those teachers
unions, which claim to protect teachers, have been awkwardly silent following this
attack on a teacher.
Socia justice, the bastardization of true
justice which suggests vigilantism against perceived disparities is virtuous,
has been a religion preached under names such as “diversity, equity, and
inclusion” for over a decade in America’s grade schools and the teacher-education
programs that staff them….
This certainly isn’t the first time that
populist views of perceived wrongs to a social group resulted in violent
attacks. The French Revolution was a chaotic slaughter of anyone deemed
friendly with the oppressive aristocracy, until Robespierre himself was
beheaded. Soviet purges slaughtered millions with less premise than rumors and
The most horrific populist lashings-out in
the past few centuries didn’t start with Holocaust-like slaughter, either.
Germany’s blame of the Jews for the loss of World War I resulted in night after
night of Jewish businesses being vandalized, Jews being marked in public and
followed around, and substituting their ethnicity for a political label.
In the 1930s, Germany labeled Jews “communists.”
Now, pro-Hamas factions label Jews “Zionists.”
Any group – political, religious,
economic, or national – that lays the blame of its woes at the feet of an
ethnic group always lashes out animalistically in reprisal. These reprisals are
laden with social “virtue,” promising that the offended group was driven to
violence after watching its brothers and sisters downtrodden by “the white man,”
“the Jews,” “the capitalist,” etc., for so long.
The liberal “woke” call to arms over some
deep-seated, systemic ghost in all “oppressive” groups that must be constantly
confronted is no different. Many, like Adams, have tut-tutted about racial
violence and crime for years because social justice claims that these attacks
are nuanced and virtuous.
Jay Greene, a senior research fellow in
The Heritage Foundation’s Center for Education Policy, likens Adams’ feeble response
to the treatment of Jews in imperial Russia:
In Russia, Jews were chased by angry mobs
in pogroms, which the czar either fomented or failed to prevent. In New York
City Public Schools, we are witnessing modern pogroms of angry mobs chasing
Jews fomented by the Squad, The New York Times, and university intellectuals.
We’ll see if Mayor Adams is willing to do more than the czar to put a stop to
this. The czar may not have pursued restorative justice and trust circles as a
remedy, as NYC Public Schools do, but it would have accomplished no more than
what the czar actually did.
ends his article by blaming “Americans’ abysmal lack of knowledge of this history,
which so many around them still know far too intimately.” He begs “each and
every one of you to exchange the silly pseudoscience of ‘social studies’ with
the tried-and-true lessons of world history, as many in the school choice and
classical education movements are attempting to do.”
to Kinnett, “harvest time is already here” because an “entire generation has
embraced ‘social justice.’” None of us should be surprised when bad behavior not
penalized will continue. I agree that every single student involved in the riot
against the Jewish teacher should be penalized in a way that will get their attention.
The bad behavior will continue and become increasingly worse until it is
stopped by someone in authority. America needs adults who act like adults and who
are willing to step forward to put an end to childish, selfish, racist