Principled principal targeted for urging peaceful protests

Wednesday, June 17, 2020
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Bob Kellogg (OneNewsNow.com)

principal's nameplate on deskA black female principal at a well-known Chicago public high school is being pressured to resign for advocating peaceful, nonviolent protests.

Joyce Kenner, longtime principal of Whitney M. Young Magnet School, is the target of radicals, including alumni, for telling students in a video address not to participate in violence and looting if they choose to protest. The way to seek change, she told them, is to obtain a college degree and get a "seat at the table." (See related article)

Charles Butler is a member of the national advisory board for the Project 21 Black Leadership Network. The calls for Kenner's resignation, he says, are foolish.

Butler

"The reality is this principal is absolutely right. These protests should be done peacefully without the looting and the violence," Butler tells OneNewsNow, asking of those doing the looting: "What did it accomplish? Whose stores did they loot? Whose neighborhood did they burn down? Their own."

Unnamed critics say Kenner's nonviolent attitude enables "systematic oppression" and has "silenced student activists." But Butler thinks she's got it right – and the anarchists have got it wrong.

"People need to stop with the group mentality, the 'group-herd think,' the 'plantation thinking' and understand that progress is never gained through looting and lawlessness and anarchy," Butler concludes.

The Chicago Tribune reports that Kenner is defiant, stating, "Nobody is going to push me out. I'm not resigning."

Kenner has been at the helm of Whitney Young for 25 years. Prior to working for Chicago Public Schools, she was with the education arm of Jesse Jackson's Rainbow PUSH Coalition.

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