Rockford academic racial profiling

Rockford academic racial profiling

By Judy J. Howard

Rockford academic racial profiling

Racial profiling in Rockford schools? That’s right. Funded by millions of homeowners’ tax dollars. Racial profiling ordered by Freeport and Chicago federal court judges. “Minority and majority” phrases are tossed around to legitimize government schools’ forced integration lawsuits. Tragically, we have yet to see any forced integration school lawsuit succeed nationally. Here in Rockford, a decade later, minority African-American and Latino children still graduate unable to read, write and do math.

Judge Posner, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, decided Rockford schools are probably more integrated than any in the nation. “Yet,” he writes, “it is obvious that other factors besides discrimination contribute to the unequal education attainment.” He lists reasons which include “poverty, parental attitudes and behavior, child health care and ethnic culture.” The phrase “ethnic culture”—African-American and Latino cultural leaders rebelled at, calling it “racist.”

All my children graduated from Rockford schools in the top percentage of their classes. As their parents, we gave them responsibilities and expectations. We also recognized our parental responsibilities, attending parent-teacher meetings, helping them with homework, properly feeding and clothing them. Social privileges were removed if homework wasn’t completed—no friends in the

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house, no parties/movies, etc. Extra household duties were also assigned. Did they complain? Of course! But they knew neither one of their parents would back down.

In our forcibly-integrated government schools today, we have racial profiling to the utmost. Parent Engagement Specialists have been hired to “engage African-American and Latino parents” in school. European-Canadian-Scandinavian, minority Asian, Arabian and Native American parents are not “engaged” in this judicially-ordered, expensive prejudicial racial profiling. Do not Parent Engagement Specialists racially profile a particular “ethnic culture”? Reality or racism?

Young Tom’s brain cancer continues

Last year, I wrote about 4-year-old Thomas Navarro, diagnosed with brain cancer a.k.a. medulloblastoma. The FDA told Thomas’ parents to use traditional cancer treatment—radiation or chemotherapy—for Thomas, or social services would be called. Thomas’ parents did not want him to be incapacitated the rest of his life or perhaps die. Terrified, the Navarros left Arizona, their home state, moving to Texas. After extensive research, they contacted Dr. Stanislaw Burzynski (, who uses non-toxic, antineoplaston therapy successfully for his cancer patients.

Dr. Burzynski explained his antineoplaston therapy to Thomas’ parents. However, the FDA told them they could not use Burzynski’s treatment. In December 1999, The Journal of Clinical Oncology released a study done at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital where “all patients lost cognitive function during and after (radiation) therapy.”

Several months later, Thomas has endured months of this FDA-approved treatment and thousands of dollars’ worth of MRIs, etc. After all these expensive failures, the FDA has relented. Thomas’ parents may accept Burzynski’s treatment for now-dying Thomas. Thankfully, the Thomas Navarro FDA Patient Rights Act, which would allow cancer patients to choose their own treatment, is circulating in Congress. Time to call and write your congressman.

NiCor and coded checks

Good, faithful bill payers, we sent NiCor $150 last month. While balancing our checkbook, my husband discovered we had $96 extra in our checking account. Sounds good, right? Not! We did not know that checks to NiCor, or whichever company you use, are “coded” by that company in the amount they think is correct. Sure enough! Our bank bookkeepers told us to look at the bottom of the NiCor check. There it was! On a strip attached to the bottom of the NiCor check was the “coded” amount of $54. Our bank had only deducted $54 from our account. The amount we had written on the check was immaterial to NiCor and, as a result, our bank. We never did get an acceptable explanation from NiCor other than we should call our bank and tell them to run a correction so NiCor could receive their $96. Stubborn Irish/German/Swedish/Dutch/Cherokee American that I am, I told them, “No way!” They would have to wait until our next check for more payment. Watch for Big Brother’s “coded” strip on the bottom of your checks.

National Day of Prayer

For the first time since President Bush, Sr., the National Day of Prayer was celebrated in the White House. During the Klinton presidency, prayers would gather across the street from the White House. They were not invited inside. President Bush, Jr. reminded attendees, “Throughout our history, in danger and division, we have always turned to prayers. And our country has been delivered from many serious evils because of that prayer.” Miss America 2001, Angela Perez Baraquio, prayed, “On the 50th anniversary of the National Day of Prayer, let us keep our president and our nation’s leaders in our prayers.” (CBN News, 5/4/2001)

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