Trouble At Los Angeles Unified School District

This story was sent in by Watchdog poster, EDUCATED AMERICAN.

I made the decision to become a teacher many years ago. While I was taking my credentialing courses, I decided to sort of “jump the gun” and try to get hired on as a full-time teacher. In the pre-No Child Left Behind days it was very common to hire people to teach who only had a college degree and a passing score on the CBEST. I had both of these things, so I ventured down to LAUSD headquarters . . .

I ended up waiting about an hour before my job interview. I sat down and this Short, middle-aged man began “interviewing” me. In reality, he seemed very distracted and not really focused on me. He stalled the interview a couple of times to say “hello” to passing office workers. It was almost like I was not there. There were no jobs for me. The interview concluded with this guy suggesting that I complete my credential and THEN come back for a second interview. Fair enough. I left feeling a little shut out and shuffled to the side. I took his suggestion and completed my schooling . . .

A couple of years, and seemingly endless exams later . . .

I go back down to LAUSD headquarters for a second interview. I waited a little while, and was eventually granted my job interview. I was much more confident this time. I was now a fully qualified California teacher . . . no question. I had completed my credential just as the Short Man had suggested. Surely, they would have some employment for me this time!

I’m directed towards the desk where my interview is to take place . . . I sit down and - it’s the SAME GUY who interviewed me a couple of years ago! I brought that up with him, saying: “Well, I did as you suggested and completed my course work.” He sort of nodded and squinted his eyes. The Short Man began the “interview”. This time his general attitude and demeanor were WORSE. He would sort of sigh and look away while asking his questions. I tried to exude as much confidence as I could. Again, he chatted with passing staff members. By chance, I happened to be sitting in a spot where I could see this sort of “Employment Needs” chart. It was a board that had two columns on it: Spots Filled, and Spots Needed. My particular specialty had a number of Spots Needed left in the corresponding row. Despite the deteriorating tone of the interview, I still thought my chances looked good based on that chart. Eventually, the interview came to an end. It was bad, he just seemed to going through the motions with me. He said a letter would be arriving in the mail informing me of my employment status.

A few weeks later the letter arrived in the mail. I opened it and was astonished to see that I was rejected for employment. Frankly, I was crushed. I continued to work at my retail job. Over the next few months, I shared my story with customers who also happened to be teachers or ex-teachers. They would almost laugh at me saying: “Educated American, they have an AGENDA down there . . .” I’d think: Agenda? Do they mean that because I’m white they . . .? No way. Can’t be. As educators, we are all unified in purpose: to teach students to the best of our abilities. We are above questions of race. Right? Then one day I ran into one of my credentialing instructors. I shared my story with him: “It was strange that they refused to hire me - even after I had obtained my certification. Why do you think that could be the case?” He sort of smiled, looked both ways, and got up real close to me. He made a simple gesture - he touched my forearm with his index finger. Without using words, he said: “Skin color.” We chatted briefly about this developing situation in education, and he left. I still refused to believe this was the case. Me, Educated American, a victim of a racial slight? Impossible. But the story does not end there . . .

A few months go by and I’m still at my retail job. I’ve sent out numerous resumes and had a couple of interviews, but no job offers. (Primarily because of my rookie status, I think.) I encountered this Asian-American teacher and we began chatting about things. Amazingly, he was also interviewed by the Short Man a number of years back! (We both could still remember his name - I won’t mention it though.) The Asian-American teacher described the Short Man as having the same distracted and distant bearing during his job interview. But then the Asian-American teacher said something that finally made everything click with me. During the job interview, the Short Man asked him: “Is it true that people in Japan are really racist towards black people?” (!!)

WHAT!? What in the world does that have to do with education? What does it have to do with Mr. Asian-American’s qualifications as a teacher? Mr. Asian-American teacher then stated that he considered writing a formal letter of complaint to the district. As it turned out, he did get hired and never got around to writing the letter. But he still seemed shaken by the Short Man experience seven to eight years later. That was the moment where everything fell into place for me. . . The Short Man was
Hispanic . . . everyone he gave this extra-warm greeting to during my interviews was Hispanic . . . The Short Man seemed to exude this sort of intimidating vibe that said “I do not acknowledge you.” The Short Man was just old enough to have (possibly) been a founding member of MEChA, La Raza, or similar groups of the late 60’s/early 70’s. (That is just speculation, of course). I have yet to go back to LAUSD for a third try, but I probably will.

I am NOT a victim. I take full responsibility for my own life. I have my flaws and failings just like everyone else. I have always tried to think the best I could of people of other races, cultures, religions, etc. Nothing has changed for me in that realm. In many ways, I’m your basic middle-of-the-road liberal. When meeting new people, I treat them as Friend first, until proven Foe. That experience has actually served to make me MORE sensitive to matters of race - NOT bitter. In a way, the Short Man taught me a valuable lesson: don’t be a racist, it just needlessly hurts people. I was really pissed at the Short Man in particular for a while, however. But even that anger has long-since subsided.

Conclusion: Based on all the above-mentioned experiences and observations, as well as a side-story I had to leave out for the sake of brevity, The Los Angeles Unified School District is almost assuredly infiltrated with radical MECHistas, La Raza folks, Mexica Movement - you name it. And it probably happened a long time ago . . . Draw your own conclusions.

- Educated American

One Response to “Trouble At Los Angeles Unified School District”

  1. Lewis Says:

    Sorry to say this Mr. Educated American but YOU are a victim. You?re a victim of reverse discrimination and it?s more common than you think and it?s growing. I know because I have been hit with here in Texas. I went in for an interview at one of our nations largest insurance companies. I won?t say their name but their initials are SF. I was told point blank ?He could not hire me because I was white.? Yes sir, he told me I was qualified and wanted to hire me and he went on to say I would make a good employee. However, they needed someone that was Hispanic (not Black, not Asian, not Indian). He said it clear their new employee had to be Hispanic for two reasons, meet their minority quota and to speak Spanish. And they claimed they were and equal opportunity employer.

    And the sad thing is it happens out here all the time. Even the local newspaper will run ads for telephone service representatives and the pay scale will show $2.00 more an hour if you?re Hispanic.

    And this is what their illegals and their culture bring to America? If it is, I want to give it back to Mexico????.

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