INCLUSION AND DIVERSITY

Hey Bigot, Leave Our Kids Alone

A speaker’s comments to the LAUSD School Board and a murder in Lake Arrowhead highlight the fact that hateful rhetoric has consequences.

Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate
Published in
4 min readSep 13, 2023

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“LAUSD Board Members…you and your LAUSD colleagues so graciously hid behind ANTIFA.”

– Speaker at LAUSD Board Meeting

Just a few days earlier, Laura Ann Carleton had been murdered in cold blood for the crime of flying the Gay Pride Flag in front of her store in Lake Arrowhead. This blatant assault on the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community and their allies did not seem to weigh on the conscience of this speaker as she stood at the podium in the LAUSD Board Room. Wearing a white t-shirt emblazoned with “Leave Our Kids Alone,” the uniform of those who violently protested in front of Saticoy Elementary School in June, the self-described parent never mentioned the bloodshed spilled in the name of her cause. Instead, she blamed the violence at this rally on ANTIFA.

In the comic strip Family Circus, “Not me” is a character who along with “IDA Know” and “Nobody” is always available to take responsibility for wrongdoing by the kids. For right-wing radicals, ANTIFA has become their “Not Me,” invoked whenever they get caught red-handed engaging in violent behavior.

While there has never been any evidence presented of a formal organizational structure for ANTIFA, the right-wing has blamed them for everything from violence at George Floyd rallies to the invasion of the Capitol on January 6th. It is no surprise that the Saticoy “parents” are now trying to deflect blame for the documented violence, especially when they have been caught working with members of the Proud Boys.

The man who assaulted me at the Saticoy Protest, photo by the author

Having covered the demonstration at Saticoy Elementary, I can say without question…

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Carl J. Petersen
EduCreate

Parent, special education advocate and former LAUSD School Board candidate. Still fighting for the children. www.ChangeTheLAUSD.com