In the sanctuary city of San Francisco, the very city where Kate Steinle, a white woman, was killed by an illegal alien, white students at Everett Middle School were sent a message by their white principal, Lena Van Haren. The message received by these students was that their success counts for nothing because they are white and you can lose something you worked hard to achieve because you have a politically incorrect skin color.
In addition, the students who cast their votes in the student council election were also sent a message by Van Haren. Although she didn’t come out and accuse them of being racist or “self-loathing,” her actions following the election sent that message loud and clear.
Principal Van Haren was reportedly disturbed when she saw who won the student council elections. She noticed that all of the winners were white, and the white principal had a problem with that. The school is only 20 percent white, so Van Haren thought it was wrong for white students to win.
How dare these white students campaign hard with a message that was resounding to the student body and win fair and square! There must be diversity! Why? Because Van Haren said so.
She must have forgotten that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. proclaimed that people should be judged not on the color of their skin, but on the content of their character. Van Haren took one look at the white students who were victorious and decided that wasn’t right.
So, she withheld the results the election for awhile because no black or Hispanic students were elected.
The San Francisco Gate reported on this outright tyranny by Principal Van Haren.
Her concern for a representative student government, given the preponderance of students of color at Everett Middle School in the Mission District, may have been understandable. What she did about it, however, swiftly raised a different kind of alarm.
Van Haren decided to withhold the results of the Oct. 9 election for more than a week, saying the school community needed to figure out how to have a more representative government.
Van Haren emailed parents in an effort to explain her dictatorial ruling stating, “This is complex, but as a parent and a principal, I truly believe it behooves us to be thoughtful about our next steps here so that we can have a diverse student council that is truly representative of all voices at Everett.”
Like all controlists, Van Haren could give a flip how the students voted. Their voice was silenced by her demand that the results of the election “look” like she believes it should. How dare those black and Hispanic students vote for a white person.
The response was immediate and at times vehement. Parents complained; students were angry. It appeared, some parents argued, that diversity was trumping democracy.
“My criticism of the Everett administration is their good intention got in the way of their common sense,” said parent Todd David. “It’s really, really disturbing to me that withholding the results somehow equals social justice or equity. That is where I totally disconnect. I’m like, ‘Whoa.’”
The thought control principal claims that it was never her intention to cancel the election. She simply wanted to “have a conversation.” Van Haren also claimed that she never said the results of the election weren’t good enough.
Except, in demanding that students have a conversation and “be thoughtful about our next steps here so that we can have a diverse student council that is truly representative of all voices at Everett” she was saying that the election results weren’t good enough…for her.
In attempting to explain why she did what she did, Van Haren said, “It’s not OK for a school that is really, really diverse to have the student representatives majority white. The easy thing would have been to announce the results and move on. I intentionally did not choose the easy way because this is so important.”
No, Principal Van Haren. Announcing the results of a valid election where students picked who they wanted to represent them was not “the easy thing to do.” It was the right thing to do.
Maybe your bigoted illogic should be applied to the principal position at Everett Middle School. After all, as a white woman, how could you effectively be the principal at a school that is, in your words, really, really diverse.
But, then again, like all narcissistic controlists, who believe they know what’s best for others and will force their will upon others, Van Haren’s “rules” don’t apply to her.