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This School Board in FL Shut Black Kids Out of The Best Performing School


Institutionalized racism can be applied through the use of gentrification by government agencies and other bureaucratic societal entities.

In an unfortunate situation in Pinellas County, Florida, the institution applying a controversial gentrification decision was the local public school district. This case began to unfold in a predominantly black neighborhood in the Florida city of St. Petersburg, which was home to a former middle school that was one of the best in the state.

Southside Fundamental Middle school (pictured above) used to be a high-performance academic fixture for children in Pinellas County. Parents of all races flocked to enter the lottery to get their children into this special magnet school. Southside Fundamental Middle used to be almost 30 percent black.

The school received a coveted A-rating by the state and provided the discipline and structure students need to succeed. However, the pinnacle of education progress was brought to an end by the Pinellas County school district. The district closed the school down several years ago citing cost.

The Tampa Bay Times published an in-depth article this week providing an update on this story. The newspaper reported that Southside Fundamental Middle was relocated to a predominantly white neighborhood in Redington Shores, Florida.

The school was also renamed Madeira Beach Fundamental K-8. Currently, black children make up a little over 2% of the student population. The Pinella County school district has also implemented a no-bus policy for all of its high-rated fundamental schools.

Moving these schools out of black neighborhoods and putting them in areas farther away from the county’s poorer population puts black children at a distinct academic disadvantage. Many of them are now attending the inadequately funded schools in the district that have lower academic performance.

“There are parents that want their kids to get a quality education. And they are applying and not being able to get into these schools,” said Ray Tampa, a retired Pinellas County school principal in an interview with the Tampa Bay Times. Mr. Tampa is also a former president of the St. Petersburg NAACP.

“It’s a situation where the African-American students are always at a disadvantage,” Tampa went on to say in his interview. For more information and a step by step guide on how to transition your children and family to homeschooling, visit:


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Comment by Lenny Sportshake on December 29, 2015 at 4:43pm
I agree with Nord and conscious we should teach our own children and not rely on Babylon to feed them on lies. Do you know that the average Educated American has a very limited general knowledge? It is even worse for African Americans. Even the top schools in America are failing to properly educate. No wonder why this society is so gullible and media driven.
Comment by conscious1 on December 29, 2015 at 10:59am

There you go @nord myrie!!!!!.............Why complain and be disgruntle.  This shyt will not stop until WE say enough and get the phuck off of their ghost ship.  When we start building our own schools and provide a TRUTHFUL AND COMPREHENSIVE CURRICULM FOR OUR OWN BLACK KIDS they will come looking for our business.  WE DID THAT IN THE PAST AND WE WERE GREAT!!!!  WE CAN DO IT AGAIN.  Besides, WE HAVE NO DAMN CHOICE!!!!!

Comment by nord myrie on December 29, 2015 at 7:43am
We need to build our own schools that we can educate our black community.
Comment by Carre Carre on December 29, 2015 at 1:16am
I commend the black moms who are homeschooling
Comment by Jerome S [ Barz ] on December 29, 2015 at 1:13am
Well you know what they 'vealways said is " the most valuable diamonds are produced from pressure at the right stages ".
You may impede or delay the process of progress, but you can't /won't /don't stop production!
Comment by boss lady on December 28, 2015 at 10:08pm
Y am I not surprised. The bullshit never ends with these ignorant Caucasians .Being Educated and black has always been a threat to them.
Comment by Diana Berry on December 28, 2015 at 9:20pm
That's f***** up!

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