Court of public opinion rulings from this week:
Columbia, SC: Black girl sitting in desk won’t get up, therefore gets thrown across the room and sat on by a police officer. Girl is in the wrong. She should know to respect authority.
Beaufort, SC: White girl sent home for skirt too short (which it is) vents online, then the school offers an apology. They should apologize, I mean, clearly there is nothing sexy about a khaki skirt.
Of course, in the Richland County case, there is the mysterious third video that everyone references, but no one has seen. If it showed the cop in a favorable light, the Sheriff would release the tape and Ben Fields would be vindicated. But instead the video is hidden and the officer was fired. No one has seen it probably because it proves that the cops actions were premeditated….
“The teacher, Robinson, said he could tell Fields was going to do something as soon as he arrived. He said Fields moved the girl’s laptop and then told another student to move a desk out of the way.”
“I’ve never seen anything so nasty looking, so sick to the point that other students are turning away,” Robinson said. “They’re just scared for their lives. That’s supposed to be someone that’s going to protect us. Not somebody to be scared of.”
I hate to play the race card, but when both of these happen in SC public schools in the same week and it gets national attention, it shows the disparity of how SC schools treat people, but more importantly, the disparity between what the public finds offensive.