Some left-wingers are upset that a black principal at a Texas high school that’s named after the first black man to be elected to the local school board of trustees cut off an Iranian student last Saturday after she hijacked her valedictorian’s speech to grievance monger over race.
“To the kids that were murdered in senseless mass shootings. To Trayvon Martin, Tamir Rice and all the other children who became victims …,” Emmett J. Conrad High School valedictorian Rooha Haghar, 19, had been saying when principal Temesghen Asmerom, a black man, signaled for her microphone to be cut.
Trayvon Martin was not a victim, let alone a victim of a mass shooting. He was a Florida teen who was shot and killed in 2012 after he attacked a member of the local community watch.
Tamir Rice was also not a victim of a mass shooting. The 12-year-old boy pulled a fake gun out of his pants while at a public park in 2014 and then proceeded to wave it at people, including at the police officers who mistakenly shot and killed him.
Because both boys were black, they’ve been cited by racial grievance mongers as examples that America’s criminal justice system is racist against blacks. That’s a false talking point.
After being cut off, Haghar took to Twitter to complain.
“[M]y valedictorian speech was cut short because i said the names of black children who had become victims of police brutality,” she wrote. “[O]ur principal signaled for my mic to be turned off as soon as i said ‘trayvon martin and tamir rice’ and played it off as a technical difficulty. pathetic.”
my valedictorian speech was cut short because i said the names of black children who had become victims of police brutality. our principal signaled for my mic to be turned off as soon as i said “trayvon martin and tamir rice” and played it off as a technical difficulty. pathetic. pic.twitter.com/9upW3dZ7Mg
— روحا (@ItsRoohaHaghar) June 3, 2019
The tweet quickly went viral among the radical left, attracting over 72,000 likes and 31,000 comments, many from far-left “journalists” such as Roland Martin and presumably everybody at CNN.
It also spawned outrage against the principal, who’s now being described by some of Haghar’s newfound fans as an “Uncle Tom” and “coon“:
@tariqnasheed @AfrDiasporaNews @TalbertSwan
Uncle Tom Principalhttps://t.co/RwPvqxBVVs
— Jay Barney (@JayBarney13) June 5, 2019
Wow if this isn’t the most backwards Uncle Tom shit I’ve seen. A non black person is trying to speak in favor of our people and a black principal shut it down. Cooning
— twerkin.4.foodstamps (@Tekryrah) June 4, 2019
That principal a straight #coon for that move https://t.co/4IJQWwUBWI
— ♛Dom Kuriosity♛ (@JoshAlleniish) June 4, 2019
I cant believe this coon cut your mic off for speaking the truth. Thanks for taking a stance and speaking truth to power!
— Isaac. (@HabitualRealist) June 4, 2019
Except Haghar had not been “speaking truth to power;” she’d been spouting lies. Moreover, the “Uncle Tom” and “coon” principal is an award-winning educator who immigrated from East Africa.
And then there’s this: A week before graduation, Haghar showed Asmerom her speech and was explicitly told to remove the names of Martin and Rice from it because of the controversy they’d gin up.
In a statement published on Twitter Monday, she herself explained that she’d been told that “mentioning those names will incite anger toward white people, which according to him experience high levels of discrimination in America.”
Given her lies about Martin and Rice, who were not killed in “senseless mass shootings,” it’s unclear whether this is a truthful recollection of what Asmerom had said.
“Let’s say to ‘to all the children who became victims of justice’ so it encompasses a lot more,” he allegedly said next, advising her on what she should replace Martin and Rice’s names with.
“When I asked why, he said I would be sending the wrong message to the graduating students, that message being ‘you will get shot if you are Black in America,'” Haghar’s story continues. “His reasoning failed to convince me. The day of graduation, I had a choice to make.”
And much like Martin and Rice, she chose to ignore the rules and do as she pleased.
See her full statement below:
some more context and background information. i really think my principal did this out of ignorance, and we all have room for growth. i never meant to create more divisiveness, but i also feel like certain conversations need to be had pic.twitter.com/1YOEe8a91d
— روحا (@ItsRoohaHaghar) June 4, 2019
She remains convinced that the principal — not her — was in the wrong.
“I never expected to be silenced. The consequences I was expecting to face was them holding my diploma or having a conversation with my principal,” she said to the media.
“I never expected them to not allow me to finish, because at the end of the day, schools want to raise socially conscious students, students who are able to think for themselves. That’s what I was doing.”
Some would argue she needs to think much, much harder given her clear-cut ignorance regarding the fate of Martin and Rice:
Do your research Ms. Valedictorian, Trayvon had nothing to do with police brutality. He was sitting on and pounding another man’s head on concrete when the man defended himself.
— Big G (@truepair67) June 7, 2019
Trayvon Martin was not a victim of police brutality! He was shot by Zimmerman,while trespassing in a Gated Community while suspended from school high on pot. Zimmerman was cleared of all wrong doing..Do your homework sweetie..
— Kathy Faust, Deplorable, Dreg of Society??? (@KathyFaust6) June 6, 2019
Trayvon Martins killer was found not guilty by a jury, based on law, “stand your ground”, that was voted on by an elected legislature. No respect for rule of law and no respect for electors/citizens evidently. You’re not that smart, public opinion is your court, not law.
— Jamie Miley (@mileyja) June 6, 2019
Martin wasn’t killed by the police, and Rice wasn’t a victim of brutality. The cops responded to a kid at a playground waving a gun. His death was a tragedy, but he wasn’t targeted because he was black. At least get some facts. I’m surprised you didn’t mention Mike Brown too
— Fire_guy 305 (@305_fire) June 6, 2019
Tamir Rice wasn’t an injustice. It was a tragedy. And Martin wasn’t an injustice as self defense is justified.
— Jaime Pretell (@JaimePretellEsq) June 5, 2019
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