Racism Case Settled

The Amet family and Cape Henry Collegiate have settled their differences arising from an incident in which school officials suspended 16-year-old Connor Amet after accusing him of expressing white supremacist statements in class. The school and family released the following statement.

Cape Henry Collegiate and the Amet Family have met regarding a recent issue that resulted from a classroom discussion. It became the subject of a letter from the Amets’ attorney that subsequently appeared on the Bacon’s Rebellion blog. Without commenting on the letter’s content or the incident that precipitated it, the School and the Amet Family are both satisfied after our meeting. Cape Henry seeks to foster an inclusive environment on our Virginia  Beach campus where we focus on individual students and their success, both in the classroom and in life.

The letter, republished here, described from Connor’s perspective how teachers and administrators had incorrectly imputed racist sentiments to his words in a classroom discussion about immigration, berated him repeatedly, and suspended him.

— JAB

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4 responses to “Racism Case Settled

  1. Voice is so important!

  2. James Wyatt Whitehead V

    Good news! I hope Connor can have a very successful academic year.

  3. There are distinct parallels between the happenings at Cape Henry Collegiate and at UVa., the headmaster at Collegiate and the president at UVa., especially the UVa. president as he was exposed in his taped telephone call with Hira Azher, and check out her high school.

    On a macro level there also are parallels with what’s going on VMI. And yes, with what is going on at Northwestern, too. Question is, where does it all end?

    As to Northwestern, see this Notable and Quotable in today’s Wall Street Journal:

    “Notable & Quotable: Northwestern Protests

    Northwestern University President Morton Schapiro in an Oct. 19 letter: Over the weekend I received many messages of concern about protests organized by some of our students, among others, who are demanding the abolition of the Northwestern University Police Department. . . . I condemn, in the strongest possible terms, the overstepping of the protesters. They have no right to menace members of our academic and surrounding communities. When students and other participants are vandalizing property, lighting fires and spray-painting phrases such as “kill the pigs,” we have moved well past legitimate forms of free speech.

    I want to offer a personal illustration of the pain these protesters have caused. Many gathered outside my home this weekend into the early hours of the morning, chanting “f— you Morty” and “piggy Morty.” The latter comes dangerously close to a longstanding trope against observant Jews like myself. Whether it was done out of ignorance or out of anti-Semitism, it is completely unacceptable, and I ask them to consider how their parents and siblings would feel if a group came to their homes in the middle of the night to wake up their families with such vile and personal attacks. To those protesters and their supporters who justify such actions, I ask you to take a long hard look in the mirror and realize that this isn’t actually “speaking truth to power” or furthering your cause. It is an abomination and you should be ashamed of yourselves.”

    For more, see:
    https://www.wsj.com/articles/notable-quotable-northwesterns-president-condemns-student-protesters-11603408794

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