Daniel Villarreal, Newsweek, November 24, 2021
A school board meeting in Basking Ridge, New Jersey, ended early after parents applauded one man’s “racist” and “embarrassing” comments.
The man, who identified himself only as Mark from Gladstone, accused the Bernards Township School Board of “teaching our kids about race and how to hate each other.”
“This is horrible: teaching our kids about race, how to hate each other,” the man said. “Teach white kids, ‘Oh, you got to give up your opportunity, if you get one, and give it to somebody of color.’ And then we teach the kids of color, ‘It doesn’t matter how good your are. You’re brown, so you just get.'”
“Nobody seems to care about these kids anymore,” the man continued. “It’s all about virtue signaling. It’s all about politics and it’s all about hating Donald Trump, anyone that’s a conservative or a Republican. … You want to talk about racism and being called names? It’s called ‘toughen up.’ It’s called ‘grow a set.'”
Board member Ruchika Hira spoke against the man’s comments near the meeting’s end.
“I am beyond upset to the point I really want to wait to respond,” she said according to the news website Patch. “What is the most upsetting part is someone did come up here and made racist comments. They basically said our children should learn to ‘grow a set’ and you know what the community members did? They clapped, and that to me is appalling.”