May 4, 2020
Courting Mediocrity In Name Of Wokeness
Allentown School System tabled naming the new elementary school after General Hays, a nurse who became the first woman general in the army. An incredibly accomplished person, Hays would have been the first woman an Allentown School is named after. Hays had served in WW2, Korea and Vietnam. However Hays, who graduated Allentown High in 1938, had a defect, she was white.
The local black leaders want someone who reflects the current diversity of the system. Rev. Gregory Edwards and Phyllis Alexander both wrote the school board complaining about Hays.
Perhaps they should name the school after Philadelphia Police Commissioner Danielle Outlaw. She instructed the police force not to arrest for minor infractions, like theft and prostitution, during the virus crisis. Large groups of young people were running amok in center city Philadelphia, scooping up everything their backpacks could hold. Meanwhile at City Hall, woke mayor Jim Kenney stayed silent about this decline in civilization. Only this weekend, after a merchant and citizen backlash, did Outlaw and Kenney finally reverse policy.
Philadelphia inner city kids were taught a bad lesson by their police commissioner and mayor. Likewise, Allentown students are being neglected, not by a lack of computers, but of leadership by the school board. They had done well in choosing Hays, and should stick to their decision. Character and accomplishment should be more important than complexion.
photo of Hays being awarded the Distinguished Service Medal by Westmoreland in 1971