The Charlottesville, Virginia protest brought back some memories associated with my tenure at Desert Vista High School as well as when Bobby posted blackface photos and tagged me. As a reminder, the posts were made in the Ahwatukee 411, and the group’s creator elected not to remove this White supremacist from her group.
During my first year at DV, I informed a predominately Caucasian class that their generation is the face of racism. I stated that our country needed to fear millenials. I did not fear their parents/grandparents as much as these students and their classmates. The 2012-14 DV administrators, with their famous “Let me mess up Dr. Cobb’s weekend by having a Friday afternoon meeting “ (as IF I was not on to their juvenile tactics), used to say, “Dr. Cobb, you are projecting your views regarding racism onto these innocent children.”
3+3 equals what? What number do you need to carry?
These are the same students, who during 2013 Senior Week, came to school dressed as Hispanic landscapers for Career Day. Sadly, even a Mexican-American male student joined in on the “fun.”
Self-hatred is real. Were the students sent home? Of course, not. Teachers commented about it, but of course, the DV way is to comment and then turn a blind’s eye to the racism found on that campus. It was amazing how Ms. Oompa Loompa, my former colleague, could identify the racism found amongst the students, but she failed to identify when her BFF was mistreating me in our department.
Y’all already know what happened to me. Please allow me to share with you what one of the young men, who was featured in my Showtime episode, endured. Last summer, Showtime sent me a message, and they asked me if I knew Q. I received a screenshot that included his photo and one of the most racist messages that I have read in my life. Q and I did not formally meet until I saw him jogging, and I was walking home. That was about four months ago. He remembered me from Desert Vista, but unfortunately, I did not recall seeing him. Q. said, “Dr. Cobb, you were always so nice, and you greeted me each time that I passed by your classroom door.”
The screenshot contained a conversation between Q and one of my former student’s brother, Wyn (name changed). I will be honest – I had zero respect for my former student, and I sensed that he and his brother were one in the same. The brothers were members of DV’s hockey team, and those “pretty boys” felt as if they walked on water. Their father is a wealthy Arizona broker. I sensed that he tried his best to discipline his sons, but his wife, a SAHM who spends her mornings playing tennis, always protected her “babies” when teachers contacted her. The older brother, who I will call Lemuel, terrorized both his Government instructor and myself. In fact, his Govt. teacher stated how she reported him the school’s Student Resource Officer (SRO) due to his comments associated with President Obama.
Lemuel was not suspended. Although the SRO officer was extremely nice, when I had to deal with DV students, I always asked for another Phoenix Police officer. I felt that the school’s SRO was easily manipulated. Y’all already know that I caught hell for that.
Back to his brother. For the purpose of this post, I will say that his name is Wyn. Wyn, intoxicated, was on Instagram, last summer, and he and another friend posted how in honor of “Nicole” (name changed), they wanted to “kill a nigger.”
Gasp! DV administrators claimed that racism was not an issue at their school. Yet, a 2016 graduate stated that he wanted to “kill a nigger.” Q. tried telling Wyn that he was a “nigger” and that Nicole had allowed him to borrow her phone. Q. could have been my child. He started tagging Wyn’s father on Instagram, emailed him, etc. . . Q. also attempted to contact The University of Arizona regarding their incoming Freshman.
What was Wyn’s response? He stated that someone had used his phone without his permission while he was attending a party.
Jesus, please be a fence all around me.
I have the screenshots. They disgust me. It is the grace of God that I have not seen Lemuel, Wyn, or his parents. This behavior was learned. I fault both parents for their son’s behavior.
Wyn could easily be a Charlottesville, VA protestor. Both Wyn and Lemuel are prime examples of White privilege. What scares me is that these men will continue to deflect each time that they are “caught” with their KKK hoods on. I fully blame their parents. This behavior was learned. I wonder how many African American employees that his father has employed since he created his company. Does his wife play tennis with minority women?
Bobby, did you attend the VA protest?