June 17, 2012

The rules are different in NYC (Cont.)

A slide show in the New York Times about a public school in the Williamsburg section of Brooklyn: "Hopes for Diversity at a Brooklyn School." The accompanying article is entitled "Integrating a School, One Child at a Time," about federal tax dollars being used to desegregate Brooklyn public schools.
During a kindergarten ballet recital at Public School 257, in Williamsburg,  Prairie Jones [a little blonde girl] had a question for the dance instructor. Kylie Cao, to Prairie’s left, is the only Asian student in the kindergarten. 
The school was named a magnet school of the performing arts in 2010, with a mission, under the federal magnet program, of diversification. P.S. 257 is still predominantly Hispanic, despite its recruiting efforts.

This terminology may seem puzzling to readers familiar with the currently conventional uses of the words "diversity," "integration," and "desegregate" in the New York Times, as a euphemism for More Non-Asian Minorities: e.g., the Miami Heat are diverse, but UC San Diego is not diverse. Sure, this might be a little puzzling to the Man from Mars, but we're all 21st Century grown-ups here and we're familiar with how words are used these days.

In this case, however, the NYT is using terms like "diversity" and "integration" according to their old-fashioned dictionary definitions: a school becoming less Hispanic is becoming more diverse and more integrated, which is Good. 

How come? Because we're talking about Williamsburg here. There is very little that subscribers to the New York Times care about more than the possibility that certain public schools in Brooklyn will become non-NAM enough for subscribers to send their children there. After all, putting two kids through private school in New York from K-12 costs about a million bucks. But if enough white people can send smoke signals to each other to agree upon which public schools they'll all flock to, then ca-ching!

19 comments:

deconstructingleftism said...

I have an ongoing series about how the elite make different rules for themselves in New York.

Years ago I read an article in the WSJ about a school in Hollwood- on the flats but fairly close to the hills- and parents living in the hills were volunteering to help "improve" it, so it might become suitable for their children. The school administration was on one hand happy to have help but on the other not thrilled to be patronized.

elvisd said...

I was enjoying ringing up a Birkenstocker the other day about how her "diverse" magnet school monopolizes the attention of our school board by demanding long presentations and debates about whether or not those 4 NAM households on this street or 3 NAM households on that street will get zoned into their area. (They can't be zoned in?? Gotta keep that right balance, don't you?) They get to cleverly be "innovative" by being a magnet school and a zoned school (get to eat your cake and have it too). Meanwhile, my prole high school, which was a vo-tech, ROTC and ESL school (22 languages spoken) got shit on by the district. It was nothing short of a miracle how we got that collection of rednecks, Mayans, ghetto blacks, Somalis, Koreans, and 3rd worlders from godknowswhere to get along. No one ever patted that school on the back. Wrong kind of "diversity", I guess.

Peter said...

Does Prairie have a brother named Tundra?

Anonymous said...

Warning to the intellectual middle: the uppers will abandon Williamsburg (probably to Greenwich). You will be left holding an overvalued brownstone.

All of the elegant housing in Brooklyn was abandoned and subdivided. Now it has been recombined and expanded and gold plated. But it will be divided again. I feel it in my bones. Wait until the basketball stadium opens, if it was baseball, you might have had a chance. Peter Lugers will be the natural hang out for all the athletes - anticipate gun play.

Anonymous said...

Because we're talking about Williamsburg here.


There's a huge Jewish population in Williamsburg, but of course they send their children to Jewish schools.

If NYC was serious about diversity they'd force those Jews into the public school system.

Anonymous said...

Does Prairie have a brother named Tundra?

Does have a cousin called Steppe though.

Anonymous said...

Prarie's sister? Savanna.

Anonymous said...

"Prarie's sister? Savanna."

With a prime cotton she'll easily afford a private school.

iselilja said...

Does Prairie have a brother named Tundra?

She has a brother named Rivers, pr. the slide show

Anonymous said...

f NYC was serious about diversity they'd force those Jews into the public school system.
the hasidim get their own subsidizd housing, buses, police force and ambulance. It's not a crisis for the New York Times though.

Anonymous said...

You will be left holding an overvalued brownstone.
don't know much about williamsburg, do you, sweetheart.

on another point,
The arena (not stadium) was one of the most destructive developments since the robert moses era - bloomberg and ratner (and the rest of the elite ) are extraordinarily corrupt and looting the city the same way the oligarchs looted russia but you won't ever hear that from the NYT (Ratner's development partner) or NY Daily news (sports columns excepted) as Zuckerberg is buddies with both Ratner and BLoomberg..

The amount of public land Bloomberg has turned over to his scots-ir.. err... friends.. is mind numbing.

Beefy Levinson said...

Wasn't Prairie a Muppet on Sesame Street?

Half Sigma said...

Responses to anonymous comments:

There's a huge Jewish population in Williamsburg, but of course they send their children to Jewish schools."

You mean a huge Hasidic population. A good percentage of the "hipsters" and gentrifying whites are also Jewish, but they don't send their children to religious schools.

"If NYC was serious about diversity they'd force those Jews into the public school system."

In 1925, the Supreme Court said that parents have a Constitutional right to send their children to religious school.

"the hasidim get their own subsidizd housing, buses, police force and ambulance. It's not a crisis for the New York Times though."

The Hasidim scam the system, but at least they don't wander outside their neigborhoods and commit crimes that degrade the quality of life (such as mugging people, vandalizing property, car theft, etc.).

Anonymous said...

You mean a huge Hasidic population.


I mean a huge Jewish population. Unless you're trying to claim that Hasidic Jews are not Jews?


The Hasidim scam the system, but at least they don't wander outside their neigborhoods and commit crimes that degrade the quality of life.


They don't. They support the Democratic Party and its philosophy though. And given that its philosophy includes "big government" and "diversity" I think it's worth noting the rather large disconnect between the way they behave and the politics they support.

Anonymous said...

A good percentage of the "hipsters" and gentrifying whites are also Jewish, but they don't send their children to religious schools.


I personally know non-religious Jews in NYC and its suburbs who send their children to "religious schools" because the public schools are such crap.

I've also spoken to an Irish couple who send their children in Dublin, Ireland to Irish-speaking schools in order to avoid their off-spring coming into too much contact with Irelands increasingly "diverse" population.

I have no objection to any of this, in principle. But I do have to note that the "non-religious Jews" are hard-core lefties of the sort who regard Christian home-schoolers with hostility and suspicion.

It's not what Jews do which is the problem, it's the yawning chasm between their words and their actions. They think it's a matter of grave national importance that poor white kids sit in class with poor black kids. And they also go to considerable effort and expense to ensure that their own children do not have that experience.

Anonymous said...

and commit crimes that degrade the quality of life
Robbing the public coffers, lowering civic trust, suing to remove christian symbols while having the public subsidize jewish ones isn't degrading the quality of life?

Anonymous said...

Anonymous at 3:05pm: It's not just leftist Jews who want the public schools to be integrated and diverse, but want their own kids in white schools. It's white leftists period.

ATBOTL said...

"It's not what Jews do which is the problem, it's the yawning chasm between their words and their actions. They think it's a matter of grave national importance that poor white kids sit in class with poor black kids. And they also go to considerable effort and expense to ensure that their own children do not have that experience."

Excellent points. The hyper defensive Jews around here need to understand this. The NYT and influential Jews in general are reflexively hostile to gentiles doing certain things(that usually have to do with increased group cohesion) while at the same time approving of or failing to criticize Jews who do the same things. That's the fundamental beef racially aware whites have with Jews and it's not going to go away unless Jews stop the hypocrisy.

The claim that this a "leftist" problem and not a Jewish one doesn't hold water once one researches how the current orthodoxy came into effect. Anti-white ideas have largely originated with Jews, were nurtured in Jewish circles and by the wider Jewish community, and only became dominant with the rise of America's Jewish establishment.

Uncle Peregrine said...

Later in the slideshow it says that the district is closing down a Roberto Clemente school which is sad. I never actually heard it, but the imagined performance of Chicago's Roberto Clemente High School Steel Drum Band of the "I Dream of Jeannie Theme" is quite vivid in my mind.