In Champaign, Illinois, black parents were angered by a decision by the local school board to post armed officers in the local high school. Some of the parents want to boycott the schools, using homeschooling among other strategies, to continue schooling the children.
- The Daily Illini, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 20 April 2006, Armed cops will monitor area schools
One night after a packed house watched the Champaign school board approve the agreement, the city council drew its largest crowd of the year, many of them parents angrily protesting the idea of having officers with guns in Champaign’s public schools.
- The News-Gazette, Champaign/Urbana, Illinois, 20 April 2006, Black parents urge boycott after school board action Causley and her sister, Natalie Freeman, say they will take their children out of the Champaign school district in protest of the decision to put armed police officers in the schools. They are asking other parents to do the same.
- The Daily Illini, University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, 25 April 2006, Parents consider boycotting schools: Vote raises issues about child safety
Marci Dodds, a city council member who voted against the school resource officers, has mixed feelings about the issue. She supports a strong police presence, but worries that just one policeman is not enough for such a complicated problem. She does not think a boycott would be an acceptable solution, however. … “As far as a boycott goes, I can’t think of an idea that would do less to build bridges or create a sense of community,” she said.
Why is it that when one group of people feel that they have no say in a situation, and work to rectify the imbalance from their own point of view by dissociating themselves from another group of people, that they are the ones who are seen as not building the bridges? How long are they expected to go along with the status quo? How do those who feel the imbalance stick up for themselves?
Responses to the articles (some better than another) are at:
- Corn and Oil: A Letter to the Editor
- IlliniPundit: Would a School Boycott Be An Effective Means of Protest?
- Champaign-American: A boycott of School? Oh, brother …