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New York Teacher Hands Out Assignment Comparing Cops to Slave Owners, KKK

New York Teacher Hands Out Assignment Comparing Cops to Slave Owners, KKK

One parent: “We don’t need a teacher brainwashing my kids. I’ll teach my kids about what’s right and what’s wrong.”

An 11th-grade teacher at Westlake High School in Westchester County in New York handed out an assignment on the first day of school that depicts cops as slave owners and members of the KKK.

The New York Post has pictures of the assignment given to students by teacher Christopher Moreno:

The first three frames show slave owners and a member of the KKK with their knees on the backs of black men in shackles. The KKK member also has a noose around the black man’s neck.

The last two panels depict a sheriff and a police officer each with their knees on the neck of a black man in handcuffs. The black man is saying, “I can’t breath’’ — what black Minneapolis victim George Floyd gasped as his neck was knelt on by white cop Derek Chauvin, sparking ongoing BLM protests across the country.

Ania Paternostro, a mother of one student, blasted the teacher and school district:

“My daughter showed me the paper. I said, `What is this?! You’ve got to be kidding me!’ ” said Westlake mom Ania Paternostro. “This cartoon compares the police to the KKK. It’s an attack on the police.”

The mother said she immediately fired off letters of protest to Mount Pleasant School District Superintendent Kurt Kotes and Westlake Principal Keith Schenker, whose school is in the district.

“Enough is enough,” Paternostro told The Post.

“This cartoon is disturbing. We have to respect the men in blue who protect us,” added the mom of two, a native of Poland.

“We don’t need a teacher brainwashing my kids. I’ll teach my kids about what’s right and what’s wrong.”

The assignment “troubled” her daughter Nicole “because she considered it one-sided and anti-police, too.”

Nicole described it as “disgusting” since the cartoon “compared the police with all the terrible people in history.”

Unfortunately, Nicole has been bullied for alerting the media and the school board.

Mrs. Paternostro sent letters to Mount Pleasant School District Superintendent Kurt Kotes and Westlake principal Keith Schenker:

Kotes and Schenker declined comment — although the superintendent sent a letter to Paternostro and the parents of other kids in the class promising an “investigation’’ into the lesson plan.

“I want to address an issue that I have recently been advised is of deep concern to many members of our community,’’ Kotes wrote in his letter.

“Specifically, I have been advised that one of our High School teachers may have recently conducted a lesson that many have deemed to be highly controversial in the current climate.

“I want to assure the community that the District will be conducting a thorough investigation to determine what exactly occurred in this particular classroom and what, if any, action is to be taken under the circumstances to appropriately address the matter,’’ he said.

“Once the investigation has been completed we will follow up with the community to the extent necessary and legally appropriate.”

The cartoon did not sit well with local law enforcement either. Retired Mt. Pleasant police officer Steve Kardian called it “a smack in the face.” He said it’s “a smear of the police.”


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The Friendly Grizzly | September 14, 2020 at 7:07 pm

Break the unions, end seniority and tenure.

    I always think that if I did something like that I would be fired. And my principal would be fired if he didn’t fire me.

    School boards are elected. That is where the solution is found. Elections have consequences. People elect whackadoo lefties to a school board and act all surprised when schools go all leftie whackadoo.

      Dusty Pitts in reply to Dathurtz. | September 14, 2020 at 7:28 pm

      As long as the teachers’ unions exist they will control school board elections and, as a result, school boards.

      We have to break the unions first.

        Dathurtz in reply to Dusty Pitts. | September 14, 2020 at 7:37 pm

        I’m anti-union. Still, I don’t see how they stop a candidate from getting on the ballot or from getting votes.

        It will take people getting serious about local elections the way they get serious about national ones. State elections are the only way to bust the unions anyway.

          rabidfox in reply to Dathurtz. | September 14, 2020 at 8:06 pm

          What Dusty Pitts is telling you is that union rules will prevent even the most conservative of school boards from firing a Marxist indoctrinist.

          94Corvette in reply to Dathurtz. | September 14, 2020 at 10:05 pm

          The School Boards schedule the elections School Board members and Bond Issues for when they are most inconvenient to those of us who have lives. Never are they scheduled concurrent with any other elections. That way, they have low turn outs and the teachers and members of the construction groups will be sure and vote.

          rocky71 in reply to Dathurtz. | September 15, 2020 at 10:57 am

          Likewise it must be considered that each local school district is run independently of any others so what may be managing policies in 1 jurisdiction may be very much unlike those of surrounding areas making for quite the conundrum in an attempt to instill sanity in any district of concern.

After 9-11, police were heroes. Guess the progressives were faking it then.

I am in the area. We really don’t like that sort of stuff here, and we support our police. Even though the Dems have been winning elections here ever since 2017, maybe the people will wake up and realize it’s time to #WalkAway .

Anyone doubt as Dennis Prager calls the public schools Leftist Seminaries?

Don’t be surprised, it’s New York. Look at the people they elect: Schumer, Hildebeast, Carlos Danger, DeBlasio, the list goes on. The Left has been in charge of public school education for decades. Now they get to live with the results.

Why wasnt the teacher fired on the spot ?


I have been advised that one of our High School teachers may have recently conducted a lesson that many have deemed to be highly controversial in the current climate.


Notice the careful avoidance of taking a stand in “that many have deemed to be highly controversial”. I doubt there’d be any such reluctance to issue a strong condemnation if this had been yet another hate hoax where some “racist” graffiti or noose had been discovered on campus.

And “controversial”? It was offensive, and would be offensive in any climate.

I can’t imagine what it’s like to be a conservative parent — even one who is generally apolitical — attempting to raise a kid or kids, amidst this craziness. Parenting is hard enough, intrinsically, but, now, non-Dhimmi-crat parents have to spend time and effort constantly cleansing their kids’ brains of all the Leftist, anti-America, anti-police, anti-free market, anti-Israel, etc., garbage that the propagandist, so-called “teachers” are indoctrinating them with.

It must be exhausting.

I noticed that the Superintendent did not state that the district would be prohibiting the use of the materials described not did the Superintendent denounce the materials.

It doesn’t take an investigation to do those two simple things. By all means conduct an investigation into the matter as called for by the contracts, but don’t hesitate to state your personal and professional disagreement.

The teacher unions, IMO, have already made a number of self inflicted wounds to their credibility. As the semester unfolds they will likely be unable to resist further damage to their credibility.

They and others have gone all in to make everything about Trump during this election cycle. Assuming a Trump victory how hard is it to imagine federal dollars being withheld from state and local entities pushing this kind of thing? IMO, not hard to imagine at all. In combination with a r majority in both houses I would expect legislation not executive order or finding statements.

That’s what family dinner is for. “The teacher said WHAT?”

I suppose the teacher remains in the classroom while this “investigation” takes place. In many other fields you would be suspended or reassigned until the investigation was complete and if further action was deemed appropriate.

Some, Select Black Lives Matter, a Pro-Choice sect of the Progressive Church, and the diversity (e.g. racist racket), are the modern Democrat KKK. The Nazis were also rabid diversitists and adopted a Pro-Choice, selective, opportunistic quasi-religion (“ethics”). Socially progressive.

So the teacher thinks the cops are all racist communist democrats?

When I was in high school back in the sixties we were always asking the question of how could such a well educated country such as Germany lose its sanity and overwhelmingly support the Nazis even after they learned of the Nazis’ many sins. We were always told that something like that could never happen here for a number of reasons. They were wrong and now we have a clear demonstration of how a nation can have a collective nervous breakdown where it ends up supporting actions they otherwise would never contemplate. Indeed, the similarities between the Nazis and their movement in Germany and what is occurring today here is terrifying. Even more terrifying is how a huge majority of Democrats support BLM and Antifa seeing nothing wrong with what they are doing. It seems their arrogance and feeling of moral superiority, all based on twisted logic and lies, is boundless. Clearly, BLM and Antifa have become everything they claim to be battling against – a situation so absurd that now only those arrogant college pseudo-intellectuals could support it.

    I keep asking people the same thing when they start defending the Dems “because of Trump’s tweets” and “I don’t like how he treats women”. Maybe German Nazis has the same thing going on. “Sure, the Nazis are murderers. But I just don’t like how the Kaiser wears his pants!”

    DaveGinOly in reply to Cleetus. | September 15, 2020 at 4:48 pm

    “Some ideas are so stupid that only intellectuals believe them.”
    George Orwell

    DaveGinOly in reply to Cleetus. | September 15, 2020 at 4:50 pm

    “…the Nazis were like ‘we are more moral and more deserving of your property because of our race’ and the socialists are ‘we are more deserving of your property because of our class’.
    They’re both evil.”
    Secretary Fat Otaku @SFOSecretary in reply to Shoe @shoe0nhead’s defense of socialism

Didn’t Obama impose impose affordable housing zoning in Westchester County (later reversed by Trump)? Something is going on there.

The Nazi’s felt perfectly justified to kill anyone who weren’t the correct race or who didnt support them politically….they are exactly the same as the Dem/BLM/ANTIFA which have merged into one group. They started by elevating themselves and redefining another group as inherently evil and lesser than…the Dems are literally following page by page the Nazi playbook

    DaveGinOly in reply to caseoftheblues. | September 15, 2020 at 4:43 pm

    Similarities between Nazis and today’s Democrat Party:

    Neither tolerate dissent, either internally or externally.
    Both punish(ed) those who speak out in opposition with personal “cancellation” (loss of life/job).
    Both believe in the nationalization of industry (e.g., healthcare and energy) for the benefit of “the people.”
    The purpose of the SA/Antifa was/is to protect Nazi/leftist meetings and disrupt opposition meetings and to harass members of the opposition.
    Both support(ed) the creation of a police state.
    Both use “the big lie” (e.g. “Hands up, don’t shoot” and “institutional racism”).
    Both indoctrinate and use children and youth for political effect and advantage (Hitler Youth, Greta Thunberg, American universities).
    Both obsessed with race and identity politics.
    Nazis demanded the German people “Awaken.” SJWs refer to themselves as “woke.”
    Both position themselves as “victims,” and identify (and direct their hatred towards) a particular group (Jews/white people) as their oppressors.
    Both ideologies preach the seizure of wealth from their oppressors (Jews/white people) and its distribution to the oppressed (“good” Germans/POCs and “marginalized” people).
    Both wage economic warfare against opponents (Nazis organized boycotts of Jewish-owned businesses and, prewar, orchestrated demonstrations against retailers who sold American and other non-German goods, and universities, businesses, and professional organizations were purged of anyone who had a whiff of anti-Nazi sentiment, Jews, Catholics, and other “undesirables”).
    Both dream of a perfected society. (While the only rational goal would be to establish a society that can be made more nearly perfect. There is a difference in that the people striving for the latter know that perfection is unobtainable – improvement will not lead to perfection.)

If you think Westchester County is f’d up, here is the GOP nominee for County Sheriff in Cheshire County NH.

The R-E-P-U-B-L-I-C-A-N nominee! Here in CA, we are having Trump rallies. I swear.

    As stupid as it sounds, the state GOP in NH is effectively powerless to control who goes on the ballot with their name, especially in races where there is frequently no competition. It is an incredibly stupid setup.

    We also allow “independents” to vote in the primary election and switch back to “independent” before walking out. Democrats have been registered independent for decades and cast votes for RINOs in the primaries. Try to talk to the party leadership about changing that – even so they can’t switch back same-day, and they have an apoplexy.

      henrybowman in reply to bhwms. | September 15, 2020 at 6:16 pm

      The GOP is a political party, last I heard. What do those bozos think the #1 activity of a political party is? It’s to run candidates for office. When a bozo grabs your party name and files, it’s your damn DUTY to run somebody legitimate against him and primary him out. Otherwise, who needs you?

        henrybowman in reply to henrybowman. | September 15, 2020 at 6:19 pm

        In case my comment is confusing, I left out the fact that the GOP ran a write-in opponent against this troublemaker in their own primary, instead of challenging they with an actual candidate. Who was watching the store?

        I’m with you – I understand what you’re saying, and I agree.

        Ever since Jennifer Horn (may her name be cursed) ran the party [into the ground], there was a departure of many volunteers in county organizations who recruited candidates, and vetted those that filed. When I was involved, there were several planning meetings dedicated to this in the run up to the primary filing period – to make sure there were candidates in each race, and to make sure any nutjob was exposed and had a challenger. From what I’m hearing, I don’t think those meetings took place in Cheshire county. I could be wrong. At the State party level, they were probably just happy there was a name.

        I have detached myself from the party 20 years ago because a) I needed to spend more time with my kids, and b) the party was much too cozy with the McCain’s of the world.

Answer: School choice. Let the dollars follow the student. That would put an end to this rather quickly.

(I will say, however, that the cartoon itself COULD have been the basis of an interesting lesson for rhetoric-age students, IF it were taught in a different context. It is an excellent example of propaganda and the manipulation of logical fallacies.)

    When I was in school, it was part of the 11th grade English class – rhetoric, propaganda, logical fallacies, and then Debate.

From what I have read elsewhere, the teacher included this wretched cartoon, along with others with different points of view and subjects, in an assignment in which the students were supposed to “compare and contrast”.

My guess is that the teacher is guilty only of horrible judgement, rather than leftist indoctrination, and doesn’t deserve to have his life ruined.

The horrible judgement being that high school students simply do not have the background and wisdom to reach reasoned conclusions about extremely controversial issues – especially in the absence of an honest news media.

The proper reasoned conclusion in this case would be that the cartoon is a despicable libel against police in general, and against the officers in the Floyd case in particular. It would be interesting to know whether that is the conclusion of the teacher. One would like to hope.

This said, parents should take responsibility for making sure that their children’s teachers are not teaching their children to be fools. That responsibility cannot be delegated. Parents will have to live with the results.

LOL – This woke genius and intellectual educator of children just compared today’s police officers to Democrats who supported and enforced slavery.

The new plantation is alive and well in the Democrat policy of ignorance and its soft bigotry of diminished expectations –