Tiptoeing around the issue of race just isn’t Rev. Kyev Tatum’s style.
In the past, he’s filed complaints that accused the Fort Worth Independent School District and Arlington Heights High School of establishing different disciplinary standards for African-American students.
Tatum, who has characterized Fort Worth as one of the most dangerous cities in America for black males, blames institutional racism for making black youth, particularly boys, ill equipped for life after high school.
“Whatever we have been doing for the last 30 years is not working,” he said in a recent press release. “Many of our children are suffering from Impotent Rage and are in need of more love, nourishment and nurturing. It is time for us to get back to rearing our own to succeed. If we don’t do it, who will?”
Now he’s got an office at his alma mater Trimble Tech High School to run his own Brilliant Bulldog Center, a program that was included as part of a Weekly story on the school’s resurgence (“Tech Revolution,” Oct. 3, 2012).
Attention to Tatum sticks in the craw of some teachers who resent how the school suddenly created a nice, large office for Tatum and let him run a relatively independent program that appears exclusionary since it’s mainly geared toward black kids. Those teachers smell a double standard as well.
Maybe everyone could hash it over this weekend.
The Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) will discuss “The State of Black Children” at 5 p.m. Saturday at Harmony Missionary Baptist Church, 7510 John T White Rd.
Tatum is the SCLC’s local chapter president.
If you have ideas or opinions, Saturday offers an opportunity to present them.