Courage Vs. Following Orders

When I was in school, I didn’t have courageous teachers.  They went whichever way the political wind blew, and to hell with their students.

The above statement is a generalization, and now I’m thinking there may have been two or more who would have confronted their superiors if the circumstances were right.  They might have actually done it, too, even if I didn’t hear about it.

Deyshia Hargrave, an English teacher in Vermilion Parish, Louisiana, said apparently reasonable things that caused offense to powerful people at a School Board meeting on Monday night, and she was ordered to leave.  A Deputy City Marshall escorted her out of the room where the meeting was held and overpowered her in the hallway.  She was arrested on charges of “remaining after having been forbidden” and “resisting an officer.”

Maybe I missed something.  What warranted the Deputy City Marshall behaving as if he was intervening during a riot?  And why are women repeatedly treated like shit in this world?

At the end of last August, a nurse in Salt Lake City, Alex Wubbels, was arrested after refusing to draw an illegal blood sample from a hospitalized patient.  She was recorded explaining to a police officer that specific criteria must be met before the blood could be drawn, and the officer didn’t want to hear that.  So, he arrested her.

Apologists for the police will say something under their breath about “uppity women” and forget these incidents — until something similar happens to them.  And it might.

Here’s a link to the New York Times story on Ms. Hargrave’s arrest.  If you haven’t seen the video yet, please watch it.  Then ask yourself whether you want your children to grow up to be thoughtful, principled adults or sycophants who use muscle to control thoughtful, principled adults.

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