#DesegregateNMHS and #EndRedLining

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1. Regular, modify as needed
2. I love my country, stand for the national anthem and encourage my students to do the same.
3. I also recognize the white washing of our countries history, especially after moving to the south from AZ and teaching at GHS and NMHS

Warm o rama
Side Straddle hops, Michael Phelps, etc.
Explain cotton picker and history of it. Now we say ‘daisy picker’, ‘penny picker’, anything but cotton.

Mosey to back road of NMHS. 5 burpees along the way.

Freddy Mercury Near Automotive 71 years ago North Meck High Shool was built (1951) and was known as “North Meck Rednecks” until new schools were built (Hough high school: 2010, Hopewell 2001). The school board caved from pressure and dissected north Charlotte to force the black and latino neighborhoods (See “redlining” that caused that) to go to 50 or 70 year old NMHS and the white students went to the brand new, well funded school.

I was a teacher at North Meck for 3 years and can attest to the disgusting, old, moldy rotten, rusting buildings that had (probably) asbestos. I had students who would ride a bus 1 hour twice every day even though a white school was nearby.

Charlotte has been resegregated and yet no one is doing anything about it.

Tire flips automotive

Wall sit with Air presses Near Auto 63 years ago Garinger High school was built (1959). I taught their for 2 years before NMHS and it has a similar story. I was amazed that in the middle of prestigious and WEALTHY neighborhoods like Noda and Plaza Midwood there was a school with predominantly black, latino and low income asian students. I asked around repeatedly where did the kids go who lived in the ¼ million dollar homes?

Charlotte has been resegregated and yet no one is doing anything about it.

Cut through to the portables

Incline Merkins (OYO) On wall 34 the age I truly learned about Juneteenth. I am 36 now. My ignorance and the national downplaying of it shows institutionalized racism. Juneteenth – also known as Freedom Day, Jubilee Day, Liberation Day, and Emancipation Day – is a holiday celebrating the emancipation of those who had been enslaved in the United States. Wikipedia

Step ups on wall (OYO, Alternate) 36 years AFTER México we FINALLY abolished slavery after a BLOODY, miserable civil war. Mexico abolished slavery in 1829, the U.S. in 1865.

Many people hear “remember the Alamo” and think of the courageous, morally righteous Texans fighting off the evil Mexican army in 1836 while fighting for freedom against the evil, oppressive Mexicans during the Texas revolution. But truly they were fighting so they could steal mexican land and so that they could own slaves.

A new perspective: Mexico fought to stop slave owners from invading and taking their land by force.

Wall sit 90 seconds Outside H hall 4 white police beat rodney king for roughly 1:30. They took turns because they grew tired. He obviously wasn’t going anywhere. All 4 officers were basically acquitted and walked free with a slap on the wrist because the “institution” moved the trial to a white city to get a practically all white jury. This and the lack of justice for Latasha Harlins lead to the LA riots.

Merkins 15 Year old girl, Latasha Harlins, shot in the back of the head over purchase of orange juice and was caught on camera. The korean shop owner was found guilty by a jury.
Carolina Dry Docks 16 years that the korean shop owner SHOULD have been in jail for. Yet the judge changed the sentence and gave her a slap on the wrist*** because the girl was only black. ***5 years probation, 400 hours community service, $500 fine and had to pay for funeral expenses. This lack of justice also contributed to the LA riots.

Derkins on each row of railing of Portables
This is the solution to impoverished schools: Portables. Share story of proctoring a final in the freezing cold, holes in the floor.
Balls to the wall outside of cafeteria
Broken toilet stall for 3 years, no one could drop a deuce yet were told they can’t go anywhere else to try and control student wanderings. Nothing against admins, they are doing the best with what they have.
Mosey to brand new stadium. 20 Squats
Discuss that this and the automotive building is the newest and fanciest thing they have. What message is that sending?
Mosey to cars
Discuss #EndRedLining and #DesegregateNMHS. Ask for support

What is redlining?
For decades, many banks in the U.S. denied mortgages to people, mostly people of color in urban areas, preventing them from buying a home in certain neighborhoods or getting a loan to renovate their house. The practice — once backed by the U.S. government — started in the 1930s and took place across the country. That includes in many of the nation’s largest cities, such as Atlanta, Chicago, Detroit, Tampa and others with large minority populations.

As a result, banks and other mortgage lenders commonly rejected loans for creditworthy borrowers based strictly on their race or where they lived. As part of that practice, financial firms, real estate agents and other parties demarcated geographic areas that were effectively off limits for issuing loans.

Several factors ripple across decades to impact the value of home ownership for Black and Latinx families. Home equity grows as the value of a house increases. But homes exist within neighborhoods, and it is the neighborhood, in large part, that ultimately determines home value. The legacy of redlining, in which entire neighborhoods were designated undesirable and choked off from financing and investment, has locked many Black and Latinx families out of this key wealth accumulation pathway.

Long term Plan:
#1. Desegregate NMHS. Make it a mixed race school. (#DesegregateNMHS)
#2. Public Acknowledgement and then end the Affects of Red Lining (#EndRedLining)

1ST Steps
Investigate the previously redlined neighborhoods
How much are still predominantly black and latino neighborhoods?
What are the schools like?

Post a scavenger hunt/Pokemon style challenge to get people to go to specific points that mark the outlines of the Red Lining.
Challenge people to drive, then bike ride (if possible and saf), then run around the redlined neighborhoods.
Then, when movement has gotten bigger, plan a march across it.
Start off with “Cherry”, the smallest? Brooklyn?
People take a selfie with a opposite looking friend at each post

Advertising: Put up some sort of sign REALLY high on power poles that are hard to take down. ALL over city.

Make a plea video asking for people to join us in this movement #DesegregateNMHS

Discuss foster children being the only “________” in the school or church.
Ask black men to join F3 nationwide, ask F3 PAX to work on making it more diverse
Challenge everyone to go out and find a place that they are the only black, white, asian or latino person present