Cassandra McAfee's eighth-grade daughter is zoned to attend Columbia High School in Huntsville next fall. When McAfee saw last week that Columbia made the state's list of 'failing' schools, she immediately looked into a transfer.
The Alabama Accountability Act says that she can. The state law allows students to transfer out of 'failing' schools and into non-failing schools within the same school system.
But McAfee's daughter won't be eligible for transfer because she is white.
Columbia is a majority-black school, and Huntsville is still under a decades-old desegregation court order that requires the district to consider race when granting school transfer requests.
"Because my daughter is white, she has to be held back in a failing school," said McAfee. "She's not being given the same opportunities as her black peers. I don't want my kid stuck in a school that's not going to help her thrive or move forward. These next few years are vital because that will determine where she goes to college."
The U.S. Department of Justice made the call four years ago, saying federal law trumps a state act.
Shortly after the accountability law passed in 2013, the DOJ instructed Huntsville to ignore the law's transfer requirements, saying students fleeing "failing" schools can't interfere with desegregation efforts - in other words, student transfers can't increase the racial imbalance at a school.
That means most school transfers in Huntsville are awarded through the majority-to-minority process, a decades-old practice of allowing students who are in a racial majority at one school to transfer to a school in which they'd be in the racial minority.
Columbia and Lee High School, the only Huntsville schools on the state's failing schools list, are both majority black.
Only students whose race is in the majority can be considered for a majority-to-minority transfer. In the case of Columbia or Lee, both majority-black schools, only black students are eligible to transfer out of those schools and into one of Huntsville's majority white schools. On the flip side, black students can't transfer out of majority-white schools.
The desegregation order has long required Huntsville to consider students as black or non-black, so Hispanic and Asian students - while in a racial minority - are not eligible for a majority-to-minority transfer.White children should not be mere components in a social experiment long ago proven to have failed in its stated mission of turning blacks into capable citizens of western civilization.
Cassandra McAfee, it is your duty as a mother to remove your child from the failing black school and seek alternative forms of schooling where she will not be a pawn in the Diversity Wars underway in Black-Run America (BRA).
The failed social policies of the latter part of 20th century America will give birth to a new order (forever free of the taint of leveling racial equality as the primary goal of education), but we must first survive the Diversity Wars upon us.