In the Los Angeles Times, a coalition of teachers, parents, and community activists saying that minority parents do not want their children to return, without mentioning their union participation.
The Free Beacon reported, “Miryam Qudrat, a Los Angeles parent of a middle schooler, said a ‘research specialist’ for United Teachers Los Angeles (UTLA) emailed her to ask how she racially identifies. The inquiry came, the union researcher said, because she was quoted twice in the Los Angeles Times, both times to discuss dissatisfaction with the school closures.”
Qudrat told the Washington Free Beacon, “They were trying to see if I would self-identify as Middle Eastern, so they could slam the Times for giving parents of children who supposedly weren’t affected by COVID a voice”; “They’re attempting to frame it as a race problem, and they’re attempting to make me a member of this racist gang. They’re heading in a very dangerous direction.”
According to the Beacon, Jsané Tyler was identified as a “district parent” in the LA Times last month, and the writer said they were unaware of their work.
“We know that a lot of white parents are calling for the reopening of schools—that is simply not the case with Black parents and other parents of color,” Tyler said. “The majority of us don’t believe that students should be on campus right now because it’s just not safe.”
The information was gathered for a UTLA study released on Wednesday, March 3, that argues that wealthy voices are over-represented in media reports about the reopening of the school. The union claims that black and Latino voices aren’t heard in “corporate media companies,” and is gathering evidence to back up its assertion.
The UTLA has been vocal in its opposition to Gov. Gavin Newsome’s school reopening scheme. It was dubbed a “recipe for propagating systemic racism” by its founders.
Newsom and his Democrat supermajority in the state Legislature unveiled the proposal. It allocated $6.6 billion in taxpayer funds to expedite the reopening of schools as CCP (Chinese Communist Party) Virus cases decline.
The union said in a press release that it benefited the most wealthy schools in predominantly white areas.
“Wealthier and healthier individuals who are not experiencing the disease in the same way as students and families in our neighborhoods are disproportionately targeting educators. We would have had a very different reaction if this had been a wealthy person’s disease. We wouldn’t have such a high infection and death rate.”