Ethnic privilege in St Paul
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With its usual unerring news sense, The Drudge Report has picked up a good contender for the 2007 "Diversity is Strength" prize and given it a better headline than the original source (which probably lacked the courage). Kids kicked off a bus  for speaking English links to a story today from St Paul's KSPTV:

Rachel Armstrong sent her kids to pick up the bus as usual Monday, but after the driver let the kids on, he told them he would not pick them up again. He even said he wouldn’t take them home that afternoon� Her twin girls, 10, and her son, 8, �were told by the bus driver the route is for non-English speaking students only.

The St Paul Public Schools system is apologizing, quite correctly, for the brutal irresponsibility it showed in abandoning the children at school:

It is our responsibility to ensure the safety of these kids and we made a mistake. The kids should have gotten home that day,” Dayna Kennedy, a public relations representative said

It is not apologizing for excluding the children because they are English speaking:

"the district points out, that particular bus route serves one of three language academies. The one at Phalen Lake is for Hmong students learning English. The academies all have separate bus routes to keep its students together. The district decided to enforce the separate routes beginning Monday"

So old friends the Hmong are involved! Doubtless what the St Paul Public Schools system is really trying to do is keep its students apart, given the murderous propensities of this charming group. Any guesses as to the ethnicity of the kindly, considerate bus driver?

Why should this result in privileges for non-English speakers and inferior status for the host community? Any bus routes for Engish speakers only? (With predictable spitefulness, the system is now going to exclude the Armstrong children on a residential technicality.)

Ask Meria Carstarphen, Schools Superintendent, and her Board, why non-English speakers get separate and unequal treatment in the St Paul Schools system.

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