Racial Tensions Are Rising at Watts Middle School

Teresa Watanabe, Los Angeles Times, May 21, 2014

Fanning racial tensions at a Watts middle school, several African American parents asserted Wednesday that Latino administrators are unfairly targeting their children and unofficially suspending them from classes.

One parent, Tyronda Farley, said her sixth-grade daughter was sent home from Markham Middle School in March after school officials told her to change into more appropriate pants. {snip}

Marcelo Martinez, Markham’s assistant principal, acknowledged the school’s action in that case was a mistake but denied that administrators were sending children home without parental consent or discriminating against African Americans. He said, however, that students were at times sent home without being officially suspended because their behavior did not meet legal grounds for suspension.

“There are times when some kids, we need their parents to help them reinforce what the expectations are,” Martinez said.

The practices at Markham Middle School, parents said, contradict directives by the Los Angeles Board of Education and L.A. schools chief John Deasy to seek alternative ways to discipline students in order to keep them in school. The school board last year banned defiance as grounds for suspension amid mounting national concern that removing students from school imperils their academic achievement and disproportionately harms minority students, particularly African Americans.

Markham is one of 17 schools run by the Partnership for Los Angeles Schools, a nonprofit started by former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa to turn around low-performing campuses. In a May 6 email to United Teachers Los Angeles representative Ingrid Villeda, partnership official Sofia Freire said there was no evidence Markham Principal Paul Hernandez was using off-the-books suspensions. She wrote that administrators were “working hard to find alternatives to suspensions.”

Villeda disagreed. “It’s extremely clear there is a racial thing going on,” the union’s South area chair said. “You have a Mexican principal suspending all African American kids. You can’t lie about it.”

At a protest at the school Wednesday and in earlier interviews with The Times this month, several parents described their experiences.

Shawnte Augustine said her son, sixth-grader Traeveon Cohen, was sent home at least five times this school year after being told to “cool off.” She said her son entered Markham with A’s and Bs, but after missing many classes and constant bullying that she said school officials did nothing to stop, his grades plunged. He also got so frustrated with his tormentor, she said, that he hit him with marbles in a sock and was officially suspended.


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  • fuzzypook

    Stories like this warm my heart and make me smile.

  • dd121

    I wonder how many blacks home school so they’re kids can get a better education?

    • borogirl54

      Probably upper class blacks but most poor blacks do not finish school and could not teach their kids.

      • dd121

        I have never heard of one who did. I think you’d be very hard-pressed to find a black taking that much care of their kids.

        • Alexandra1973

          I know of one. One of the exceptions and I believe she’s a realist too.

    • LACountyRedneck


  • borogirl54

    Can you imagine when these kids grow up and wear these same pants to a job interview and they do not get the job and claim discrimination?

    • NeanderthalDNA

      Heck…even Mexican indios look civilized and erudite compared to…

  • Puggg

    Traeveon Cohen.

    Interesting name.

    • TruthBeTold


      But of course, mom and son have different last names:

      Shawnte Augustine said her son, sixth-grader Traeveon Cohen

      • rasher223

        Hahahaha. Nice observation.

    • Bartek

      Perhaps showing us why a “trick” should never write a check for services rendered.

  • Mrfinoni

    Hispanics while generally not as smart as Whites have a more Eurocentric view of the world. Those with more indigenous blood of course are proportionally less intelligent. The Asiatic indigenous people disproves the theory that Asians are smarter. Blacks are simply a different species. I would love if our politicians had to put up with even half of the abuse that teachers and employers of all kinds had to face on a daily basis from Blacks. It might give them a dose of reality.

    • Homo_Occidentalis

      One’s position in Latin American society is generally predicated upon the amount of European ancestry one has. This system acted much like the American one did, except that in North America there were really only two castes: white and everything else.

      What we get as illegals and “refugees” are the dredges of Latin American society. The Iberian-descended elites are happy to send us their criminal underclass (and call us “racist” if we don’t comply) while continuing to exploit their darker-hued compatriots at home.

      As a rule, Mestizos in America are far more hostile to blacks than whites ever were. They know that they are only one step higher in pecking order, and so they try to exert their dominance whenever they can. As soon as the white liberal mediators are gone, the rainbow coalition will collapse due to internecine warfare among its brown rank and file.

      • NeanderthalDNA

        Very yes. We Whites may find ourselves on the sidelines while these two deal with each other. In a good way…

      • borogirl54

        There is also a third group, the Mexican Indians, who are the lowest of the bunch, many of them cannot speak Spanish. They are bullied by other Mexicans because they are short with dark brown skin and black hair

        • Stan D Mute

          The Indios in Mexico have reservations like our American Indians. There is some popularity for developers to work on getting those lands legally titled where they are adjacent to the coast, making it possible to sell the land and enrich the Indios. It’s interesting to visit these tribal villages where there is often no electricity or running water. The Indios will live in adobe huts and they hide when they hear cars approach so it’s not often you really see them unless their village is on a main road where traffic is common.

          • neshobanakni

            Selling that land won’t enrich the Indios. Look at Oklahoma. It enriches the whites who easily swindle the uneducated Indios.

  • Luca

    Wow, I thought only White people could be racist. Who knew? (sarc)

    • Pro_Whitey

      Obviously they are white hispanics, that’s the only possible explanation.

      • paul marchand

        Yep. That white racist gene is in there somewheres.

        • Ike Eichenberg

          Must be genes from the evil European Spaniards who colonized those Hispanic countries and raped the peace loving indigenous peoples.

          • Luca

            Yes, once upon a time, the natives were living here like peaceful little hippie munchkins, communing with nature, eating vegan diets, respecting gay marriage, cultivating organic crops under the control of labor unions and burning incense atop their wonderful pyramids.

            Then 500 White Spaniards came here and wiped out the entire Aztec empire. They raped the women, burned the crops, stole their technology, spread their germs, then tortured, enslaved and killed 1 million Aztec men. It’s amazing what 500 evil racists can do in a short period of time.

            The Aztecs had invented guns and the atomic bomb 5,000 years prior when they lived on Atlantis, but due to their Utopian, progressive way of life, they had strict gun control and banned such deadly weapons.

            They had never encountered racists before and simply could not deal with the situation.

          • FR27

            You have solved the mystery!

  • jane johnson

    Was Tyronda’s daughter wearing kwanza pants on cinco de mayo? Bad idea in Mexifornia.

  • WR_the_realist

    The rainbow coalition continues to work as expected.

  • r j p

    Shawnte Augustine said her son, sixth-grader Traeveon Cohen ….
    One of TWMNBN must have been doing some community work late one night or in an alley one day right before he was scheduled to return to NYC …. nine months later a little Cohen pops out, and mysterious My. Cohen no where to be found.

  • “There are times when some kids, we need their parents to help them reinforce what the expectations are,” Martinez said.
    The parents never met the expectations either. Believing that a black parent would do anything other than complain is where the Mexicans are going wrong. Blacks, empowered by the mulatto in the White House, are ever more worse with their chronic complaining. It’s the only ability they have–complain and hope that another race will solve the problems they create for themselves.

  • Dave4088

    “She said her son entered Markham with A’s and Bs, but after missing many
    classes and constant bullying that she said school officials did
    nothing to stop, his grades plunged.”

    The blacks are getting their just desserts. What goes around comes around and it’s a delight to see them on the receiving end of what they’ve been dishing out to white kids since 1965.

    • expitch

      “Since 1965” is the important datum here. In the 1950’s, South Central LA, well on the way to becoming an all-black area, was in fact a model community of its kind. Most of its inhabitants had migrated from the South in the 1940’s to work in defense industries. Houses and lawns were well kept. Violent crime was not a problem. Jefferson High School had respectable standards. The area was socially conservative. Black ministers saw to that. One could go there any time of the day or night — there were some good jazz clubs — with no fear for safety.
      The reasons for all of this are not hard to find. Neither are the reasons why things changed.

  • JohnEngelman

    There is no such thing as a Hispanic liberal guilt complex. Hispanic school officials do not make excuses for inexcusable behavior.

    • Martel

      As I said, the rise of ethnic tensions is inevitable.

      • JohnEngelman

        I already explained why it is not. The rate of violent crime has declined since 1991. There have not been major black ghetto riots since 1992.

        The growing practice and approval of interracial marriage indicates that racial loyalty is declining.

        These trends could reverse, but there is nothing inevitable about the reversal.

        • evilsandmich

          I’d argue that the riots in Cincinnati in 2001 would negate your ’92 stat. But perhaps its failure of sorts is what has kept riots down. The area in question is about 100% black so the ghetto dwellers only had their own stuff and people to destroy, which makes it barely distinguishable from a regular day in the neighborhood.

          • JohnEngelman

            Rodney King riot: Fifty-three people died during the riots, including ten who were shot dead by police and military forces,[23] with as many as 2,000 people injured. Estimates of the material losses vary between about $800 million and $1 billion.[24] Approximately 3,600 fires were set, destroying 1,100 buildings, with fire calls coming once every minute at some points. Widespread looting also occurred. Stores owned by Korean and other Asian immigrants were widely targeted.

            Cincinnati riot: the riots caused $3.6 million in damage to businesses and another $1.5 to $2 million to the city.


            The riot in Cincinnati does not begin to compare with the Rodney King riot.

          • evilsandmich

            I wasn’t comparing it to that; I was comparing to ‘none’.

    • GeneticsareDestiny

      I agree. If there’s one good thing I can say about Hispanics, it’s that they don’t allow blacks to act like animals without consequences. If only whites would do the same.

      • jayvbellis

        Get to know some of these Hispanics. Maybe even marry a sister when you get to be past 50 years old.

        • GeneticsareDestiny

          I don’t intend to miscegenate.

      • Hallie Eva

        Do not for a moment think that Mestizos will hesitate to turn the same racial intolerance on us when the time comes.
        They are here for one reason beyond our generous welfare benefits: to reclaim what they feel is theirs, our lands.

        • GeneticsareDestiny

          Believe me, I don’t want Hispanics here. I support racially homogenous nations and would prefer to live in an all-white nation.

  • IstvanIN

    Blacks can not even meet mestizo standards and we expected them to meet ours?

    • RisingReich

      No one here expects it.

  • 72% Hispanic, 28% black, according to GS.

  • Fudge

    Wetbacks vs. NAPA, cage match.

  • BernieGoetzFan

    “He also got so frustrated with his tormentor, she said, that he hit him with marbles in a sock and was officially suspended.”
    Ah yes, the ol’ hitting someone with a marble filled sock while black routine. Not sure why a Mexican teacher would object to that. Must be racism.

    • Hallie Eva

      If sweet little niglet had hit the mestizo kid in the head, he might have killed him. It is one of several favored weapons among savages, and lethal for the practiced.

  • Truth Teller

    First of all Hispanic is not a race. Cuban Americans are on average different from Mexican Americans who are in turn different from Dominican and Puerto Rican Americans.

    • Hallie Eva

      Thank you, Truth. I weary of hearing low IQ mestizos and amerindians called “Hispanic.” It insults Euro Spanish who are entitled to the label.

  • MBlanc46

    Fold my arms across my chest and smile smugly.

  • Caucasoid88

    Though I feel giddy reading stories like these, it’s synonymous with the way tribesmen feel to watch goyim squabble.

  • Budd Smith

    They are getting exactly what they voted for. More Mexicans.

  • paul marchand

    So, the school board last year banned defiance as grounds for suspension.
    Principal: “you’re supposed to behave properly. The other kids do.”
    Laquisha: ” say WHAT? Justice Sotomayer gawn take care of YO Hispanic axx.”

  • jeffaral

    I applaud Mexican nationalism: Mexifornia belongs to Mexicans! Blacks get out of here!

  • rasher223

    Notice the blacks are apprehensive to accuse the mexicans of being racist?

    If those school administrators were white them negros would rain green hell fire on earth yelling RACISM at the top of their lungs.

    I’m sure, eventually, the mexicans will learn what it’s like to be called racist for acting appropriately toward black dysfunction.

    Perhaps a temporary ally? It would be beneficial to eliminate the black threat in an alliance with the hispanics or even the asians, because they too recognize black deviancy and perhaps will seek to “fix” that issue as well.

    And by “fix” I DON’T mean moving blacks into newly built section 8 housing into affluent areas. *cough deblasio cough*


    Yup, beating a student with a sock full of marbles. Why would anyone ever be suspended for such a trivial reason. Must be some kind of racism, after all, I am black. Sincerely Shawnte Augustine, mother of Traeveon Cohen.

    Strange,,, the mother and son both have different sir names. I wonder why?

    • Katherine McChesney

      “surnames” not “sir” names.

  • Bartek

    Five Black brood sows are recruited into whining about “injustice”
    “Story” promoted by the LA Times instantly becomes National news.
    Just another text book example of how tightly controlled the propaganda machine of the West really is.

    • Stan D Mute

      A better example of control over propaganda is a NY State assemblywoman who made “racist” remarks. She’s a Demonrat and she’s Jewish. Thus, no news here, move along.

  • Ike Eichenberg

    I have not seen any evidence that Mexicans breed with blacks substantially more than whites do, could you provide a source for that please?

  • Stan D Mute

    Echoing @Ike’s comment below: I live in South Florida – arguably the most “Hispanic” area in America. There are Dominican Africans, but I see no evidence the native indio or mixed mestizo population has the slightest interest in mating with Africans. In fact, I see the complete opposite where mestizos try to mate up to whites and Indios to mate up to mestizos. There is even a common phrase in Spanish to refer to this.

  • scutum

    “He also got so frustrated with his tormentor, she said, that he hit him with marbles in a sock and was officially suspended.” This is how blacks typically settle an argument or disagreement. As I have stated here before, I had several good friends who were Hispanic when I was in the service. They do not like blacks, and the liberal pipe dream of a rainbow coalition is just that, a pipe dream. As hispanics accumulate more political power you will see increasing conflict between them and the left wing’s mascots.

  • Einsatzgrenadier

    I welcome the ethnic cleansing and race replacement of blacks by indios and mestizos. They’re simply doing the job white Americans should have done over 50 years ago. Unfortunately for us, mestizos are growing explosively because of endless, massive third world immigration. Having the highest fertility rate in the country doesn’t help either. Mestizos hate the white race and believe that the American southwest belongs to Mexico. The cosmopolitan elite in Washington is doing everything in its power to ensure that la raza cósmica will become the next American majority in the not-too-distant future. This will necessitate the large-scale ethnic cleansing and race replacement of whites. Just because blacks are more disgusting parasites than mestizos, doesn’t change the fact that mestizos are also disgusting parasites. The white man is going to have to take out the trash and soon or be thrown out with it.

    • Hallie Eva

      [snip] blacks are more disgusting parasites than mestizos, it doesn’t
      change the fact that mestizos are also disgusting parasites

      Exactly, Einsatz. Those who defend the mestizo do not acknowledge that some of the tension arises from their both being after the same gibsmedat free stuff.
      Just as predators fight over downed prey, they fight over White gibs.
      So much for multiculturalism, and libs do not see this.
      There is just so much White prey tax money to go around.

  • dcc2379

    Defiance is not a reason to suspend someone. This makes me want to say OMG! Willful and wantonly causing mayhem is no reason to not let Trayveon and Tyronda’s daughter from attending school. If student can do what they want, what does one expect? Then like the other Trayvon canard, the black students are all on the honor roll and well behaved before subjected to the tyranny of non-blacks.

  • Stan D Mute

    More proof, if we need it, the Africans have NO allies anywhere other than Marxists (mostly white).

    I don’t understand the hate for mestizos and Indios here. The fact is that Indians are intrinsically part of the Americas. They’ve been here *thousands* of years. We came and had to tame them from their Stone Age ways. For the most part, that destroyed them. The Spanish came as conquistadors rather than settlers. So they impregnated a lot of Indians south of our borders. But fundamentally, whether they’re full blooded Spanish, Anglo Saxon, mestizo, or indio, they’re all a legitimate and natural part of the American experience. And for the most part they get along together well enough at least south of our border. In America we are getting many of the rejects from Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador, Nicaragua, etc. We get higher class immigrants from Cuba, Venezuela, and Brazil. Maybe it’s just that? The fact that we get so many of the failures that so many of us have such low regard for them generally?

    I do know that in most “white” American families who have been here more than two centuries, there is Indian blood. The “blue blood” east coast elites *might* be an exception, but any family in the west or Midwest has Indian blood in it.

    Africans are another matter entirely. And Indians are uniquely able to argue against them, fight them, and work to get them sent back where they belong.

    • jeffaral

      Mestizos, mongrels, wetbacks, mulatos belong in Mexico, Venezuela, Brownzil, Argentina……Until a few decades ago segregationist legislation was in place to protect the racial purity of White America.

      • Stan D Mute

        The “racial purity of white America”? Really? I think you must have your bookmarks for Stormfront and AmRen confused. That or you slept through the part of history class where they explained America was inhabited by these funny naked red people when the Pilgrims arrived. Or you failed to notice some incredibly stupid and greedy whites decided it would be good to import hundreds of thousands of naked black people from another continent?

        I’m all for setting things right with the Africans. Let’s compensate them for the injustices done and restore them to Africa where they belong and can happily fulfill their destiny without the evils of “white racism.” But the Indians were and still are here. And tens of millions of your “racially pure” whites have at least some admixture of Indian blood in them.

        The only time America was “racially pure” was before Columbus.

    • jayvbellis

      Spanish Whites in places like Central America go for Right Wing, military type politics complete with “Death Squads” to fight/kill Amer Indian Marxist revolutionaries, kill Liberation theology priests and even bad catholic nuns, Whites in Hispanic countries do these things for sound, practical reasons:

      They are fighting for their very survival against the likes of M13 gang bangers, cartel foot soldiers, the non White mobs that would, have, will throw up leaders like Venezuela’s Hugo Chavez.

      For any Whites like you who are naive about the worst Hispanic Meztizos, Amer Indians, there is simply nothing we can say to you to change your mind and accept brutal racial/cultural realities.

      No pain, no gain.

      You must experience personal pain, understand racial realities.

      That old fool Rancher in Nevada is simply wrong. The invading hordes of Illegal aliens flooding across our borders – they ain’t “Spanish” and mass , ,ow skilled Amer Indian immigration from a Central America (worse than Mexicans), that’s not good for America.

      I hope some White folks who know the score lock you in a port a potty that’s been used and abused by Central American Amer Indians.

      • Stan D Mute

        I have spent MONTHS traveling and staying in Central America. Never in big hotels or resorts and only rarely in what could be considered a vacation destination. I’ve been the only white man in many many indio villages where if anyone had wanted I’d simply disappear forever.

        I was born in Detroit and grew up in Flint, Michigan. I’m no fool when it comes to race realities.

        But what you’re complaining about is a function of Marxism – not of any intrinsic anti-white animus among central or South American Indians. You can go anywhere in Costa Rica safely. In Guatemala, you need an armed escort. You can travel throughout Panama freely (except the African populated Colon), but in Nicaragua you must be very watchful. Colombia is a great place with a bit of prudence, while Venezuela is dangerous almost everywhere. Now you tell me, is there some difference between the Indios in the Yucatan versus across the border in Guatemala? Are the Nicaraguan Indios and mestizos genetically different from those across the border in Costa Rica?

        There are two basic rules in Central America which will mean the difference between safe, interesting, and very educational travel versus a very shallow grave in the jungle. #1 – avoid the narcotraficantes. #2 – avoid the Marxists. Other than that, the exact same common sense that keeps you alive in America will keep you alive down south.

        Finally, I’ve never claimed Indians are the same as whites. Obviously they’re not. They’re not nearly as intelligent on average and you probably should avoid them with alcohol altogether. What I DID say is that they ARE a fundamental part of the American experience. And unless you’re advocating genocide, they always will be. If you’re genocidal, go FK yourself. If not, you’d be smart to get to know and understand these people.

        • jeffaral

          Life is always changing. Chechens were a fundamental part of Chechenya until Stalin decided in 1945 to deport 90% of them to Siberia and Central Asia.

    • Hallie Eva

      I do know that in most “white” American families who have been here more than two centuries, there is Indian blood.

      Stan, my mother and father’s families have been here since the mid 1600’s. Those of us DNA tested are 100 percent Northern Euro.
      Sadly, one of my family mated with a Hawaiian who is a little bit of everything Pacific Islander. Their kid looks like a Mestizo or Filipino.
      Fortunately, not everyone was dumb enough to pollute the gene pool by an act of miscegenation.
      I am one of those racialists who is watching what the dregs of Mexico, Central and South America are doing to California. You bet I resent their invasive, loud, and dirty ways, not to mention violent drug and gang culture.
      In Mexifornia’s interior valleys where they congregate and take over, these people very quickly turn a quiet, clean, working class neighborhood into an unsafe barrio of loud mariachi music, unkempt homes and yards with multiple trashed cars on blocks, and ruined district schools where few can speak English.

  • Anon Emus

    The kids name is Traeveon Cohen?

    • Katherine McChesney

      Isn’t that a hoot?

    • Charles W.

      Contrary to popular belief, not all slave owners were white Christians.

  • Bill E. BOBB

    how long before the blaks start blaming the whites for letting the browns take their lunch money?

  • crockadoodle6

    Common sense would suggest these black parents should thank the school officials for not recording any of the unofficial ‘send homes’. Otherwise, wouldn’t there be some kind of permanent traceable record of their aspiring rap artist offenses? That is, unless they can get their lawyers to ‘seal’ all of the school records….can that be done?

  • Patriotic Veteran

    I read the link you have provided. The author also states that negative attitudes about Asians and other non-Whites were commonplace as well. However, this was solely relegated to dating and marrying. Nothing was ever said about not being friends with Blacks and other non-Whites. Moreover, the author seemed to be encouraging miscegenation.

    In fact, I know many fellow Whites who echo the same rhetoric to their kids. They tell them It is okay to be friends, even good friends, but that is where it stops. No dating or marrying non-Whites. Thanks for posting the piece but I am glad that I read it closer. The fact that the left wing radical Salon home of super Obama loving Joan Walsh published the piece made me suspect.

  • dcc2379

    Interestingly, none of the black children’s fathers commented.

  • 4teepee

    If you live in California, you are well aware of the hatred between Hispanics and blacks. The prisons are the prime example.

  • Ngati Pakeha

    Is this a case where my enemy’s enemy is NOT my friend?

  • FR27

    Gotta love this name: Traeveon Cohen

  • none of your business

    The hsipanic administrators started teaching 20 years ago when black thugs ruled the classrooms and illiterate affirmative action blacks had all the administrator jobs. The hispanics stuck out horrible racism on the part of black administrators and fellow teachers as well as enduring the living he!! that is being confined in a classroom 6 hours a day with 25 to 30 young savages.
    They are doing their job of making the schools safe for human children and teachers.