11 January 2007

Lawb (What? You Don't Speak Hmong?)

Lawb - [Hmong word of Laotian origin] (v) Get out or get off; leave.

This is just beautiful. First, back on 3 January 2007, armed members of the National Guard are forced to leave their observation post on the Arizona/Mexico border because they aren't allowed to "confront or attempt to apprehend border crossers."
A Border Patrol official says National Guard troops acted appropriately this week when they abandoned their post near the border southwest of Tucson as four gunmen approached from Mexico.
Now, English-speaking American kids are not allowed to ride a bus to their school because the bus is for Hmong-speaking students.
The school bus driver let Rachel Armstrong's three kids board the bus Monday morning, but he warned them that he wouldn't give them a ride home that afternoon, nor could they ever ride his route again.

The problem: Armstrong's 10-year-old twin girls and 8-year-old son speak English. The driver told them the route had been designated for non-English speakers only. [...]

It turns out the bus route was meant to serve one of the district's three language academies. Phalen Lake's is for Hmong kids learning English, and the academies all have separate bus routes to keep their students together.

The district decided to begin enforcing the separate routes Monday -- but failed to tell the Armstrong family.
Isn't that nice? Now, when I looked for this in the St. Paul newspaper today, the school district's story had changed slightly. According to a mouthpiece for the St. Paul Public Schools, the kids weren't kicked off of the bus because they spoke English, but rather because it just wasn't their bus.

The route was created to pick-up "non-native English speakers" and special-ed kids. Basically, according to the public school spokesperson, the route is a segregated route, and the district just made a mistake putting American kids on a specially created segregated route. See, isn't that much better?

And if that wasn't enough, it still gets worse for those three American kids trying to attend their American school. The Armstrong family moved last year; a move that landed them just outside of their school's attendance area. The school's principal wants the Armstrong kids to keep coming to the school, but the St. Paul Public Schools have said that the American kids would now need to transfer to another school in order to receive bussing, or find their own way to get to the school that they are currently attending.

Isn't this great? We order our National Guard not to defend our borders, and then we make sure that we give special privileges to "non-native" students that would be otherwise considered discriminatory if provided to only American kids. Talk about mixed-up priorities.

This has got to change.

USMC 9971 - OUT


Bring Back Bill said...

Could you get a little more xenophobic? I mean the only thing missing was America For Americans. And whats with the national guard reference? What do they have to do with kids in MN getting on the wrong bus?


USMC 9971 said...

BB Bill,

Could you get a little more xenophobic?

Believing that our National Guard should not have its hands tied while attempting to secure our borders, and that American kids should not be excluded from a bus because of a school district imposed segregation, does not mean that I have an abnormal fear or hatred of foreign people or things. With that in mind, I dismiss the premise of your first question, as I was not being xenophobic to begin with.

I mean the only thing missing was America For Americans.

Your second statement, however, contains something very correct: America is for Americans. I know people don't like that concept, and people like you may find that xenophobic, but it is the way it is supposed to be. Our local, state, and federal governments should all be acting in the best interests of their citizens; and doing just that is a far cry from having fear or hatred of the foreign.

And whats with the national guard reference? What do they have to do with kids in MN getting on the wrong bus?

Those National Guard members, who were allegedly sent to the border in an attempt to secure it, had to follow instructions to avoid confrontation with people crossing the border illegally. In doing so, four armed men entered the U.S. from Mexico and they have not yet been found. Those asinine standing orders for the NG are so that politicians can avoid upsetting minorities and non-native people within our own country.

Five days later, across the country in Minnesota, three kids are stuck at their school because the bus they had been taking to school all year was designated for non-English speaking, non-native English speaking, and/or special-education students. It was not just simply a case of some kids "getting on the wrong bus." Again, this was due to another policy put in place by politicians who wanted to pander to minorities and non-native people.

In the first item, due to politically correct stupidity, it was the inability to allow armed members of our National Guard to actually engage armed people illegally crossing into our country. In the second item, also due to politically correct stupidity, it was the inability of three kids to take a bus home (the same bus that they had been riding on the entire school year) because they were native-born citizens of our country. That is why the National Guard incident was referenced before I mentioned the St. Paul students, and politically correct pandering is what the two items have to do with one another.

I hope that clears things up for you, BB Bill.