Hundreds Of Public School Teachers To Wear Black Lives Matter Shirts

Hundreds of teachers in Seattle will be wearing Black Lives Matter shirts.

Hundreds of teachers in Seattle will be wearing Black Lives Matter shirts.

Hundreds Of Public School Teachers To Wear Black Lives Matter Shirts

Seattle, Washington – This is sadly, not a repeat from our previous story. Over 700 shirts have been ordered for Seattle public school teachers to wear on October 19th which state, “Black Lives Matter.”

Seattle teachers had planned to wear Black Lives Matter shirts last month but part of the event was canceled when a criminal made a threat against the school. As law enforcement officers, we take threats against schools very seriously.

After the event was initially canceled, the organizing teachers took the idea to the Seattle Education Association, who voted unanimously for teachers to wear Black Lives Matter shirts in their schools. The event has now expanded beyond the one school to hundreds of teachers in Seattle.

The October 19th event will include workshops to teach students about “institutionalized racism,” as well as showing support for Black Lives Matter. You don’t need to worry about your tax dollars paying for it though, as the cost of the shirts will be funded by an outside group, and the workshops will take place outside of paid school hours. It’s not clear where the funding is coming from, but we were assured that the school district won’t be funding it.

The school teachers largely seem to be unaware that Black Lives Matter isn’t a statement for equal-opportunities or civil rights. Most people have their own personal beliefs about what Black Lives Matter means to them. They think that their personal definition for Black Lives Matter is what the organized BLM groups stand for; this is not the case.

Black Lives Matter is made up of political organizations with political goals that most people would disagree with, including disrupting the “nuclear family” structure (see Black Villages), taxpayer-funded reparations for black people (see Reparations), and the elimination of charter schools (see Invest-Divest.) If you are unfamiliar with the Movement 4 Black Lives website we linked to, that’s the coalition of over 50 Black Lives Matter organizations which is receiving $100 million in donations to push their political goals. This is the political message that the school district is promoting when they allow “Black Lives Matter” messaging.

Seattle Public Schools already has a #CloseTheGaps campaign that was focused on eliminating opportunity gaps and improving education for black students. #CloseTheGaps promotes a positive change, whereas Black Lives Matter promotes an anti-law enforcement group. However, rather than have students wear #CloseTheGaps shirts, the school district is allowing an outside group’s political message to be promoted in their public schools.

School districts generally have strong rules in place against teachers promoting political groups, and it’s grossly inappropriate for the public employees to be pushing Black Lives Matter.

We would like to ask the school district to continue to promote #CloseTheGaps without including the political messaging of Black Lives Matter. If you would like to reach out, the contact information for the school district is here:

Superintendent Larry Nyland: 206-252-0180 or email superintendent@seattleschools.org

Board of Directors: 206-252-0040 or e-mail schoolboard@seattleschools.org

  • RachelRoadRage

    Officially they are asking that comments and questions be sent to publicaffairs@seattleschools.org

  • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

    Amazingly disturbing that people who are suppose to be educated are promoting a domestic terrorist group that is based on a false narrative. This is why politics is not suppose to be allowed on public school property. Of course, that only pertains to conservatives viewpoints.

    • Thereason

      But they say to pledge of allegiance every morning…..but politics shouldn’t be allowed in school?
      They are/we were taught every facet of us politics including presidential elections. my niece could name every American president at age 4… hundreds is years of American politics are shoved into our kids brains…one black political movement…all of a sudden “oh politics shouldn’t be in schools”….listen to how you sound…

      • Scribler

        They are also taught about the peaceful movements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. What he means is that pushing political agendas in school to young children, the future of our country, is not the right thing to do. It is pushing/promoting some ones ideas on fresh, easily influenced minds. This is why praying, or talking about God or any other religion is also frowned upon and in some cases illegal, in public schools. BLM is not a movement for equality nor is it a civil rights movement, it is in fact a hate group, very much like the KKK. It is a movement dedicated to attacking whites, and law enforcement. This is what these teachers are promoting. Their shirts should read “All Lives Matter”. Blacks are not the only ones who matter. Every other race matters, Homosexuals and Trans matter, young and old matter, men and women matter. If we are truly fighting for equality, stop thinking that only one race or group deserves it. Fight for the equality of every single individual that shares in being human.

      • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

        Apparently you have not been to many public schools, but the Pledge of Allegiance is not recited in many. Those that allow it also allow anyone who does not want to recite it to leave the room or stay seated. Not to mention that has nothing to do with politics, it is about the word GOD. I worked for three different school districts and they did not allow it. Nothing else you have mention is politics, it is called HISTORY.

        This is not “one black political movement”. This is a domestic terrorist group founded on a false narrative and hatred. These people have called for lynching of white people, calls for death to police officers and is responsible for millions in property damage during the so called protests. Hatred, violence and racist have no business being taught or displayed in public schools.

        • Susie Lung

          I absolutely completely AGREE!

      • Carol Morris Rose

        That is called US History. Get a grip.

      • Katrina

        You have History confused with current political movements.

  • qthush

    But if a student wears an american flag t shirt they are told to change or go home

    • Kelsey Gallagher

      I work in a Seattle public school and I can tell you without a doubt that, no, they would not be forced change if they were wearing an American flag t-shirt.

      • Seattleite

        Don’t rain on his good story, he needs to be outraged.

  • crazymind99

    Supporting a terrorist organization such as BLM’s should be crime.

    • Thereason

      Thinking BLM is a terrorist organization should be a crime……white male computer hackers have been attacking the corporate world and the government for years…hacking the Pentagon even….they break up some car windows and now they terrorist…..yawl loosing it man

      • Carol Morris Rose

        How do you know the hackers are white? Do you know them?

      • Katrina

        Thereason, you aren’t even comparing like things. Have teachers worn shirts in support of hackers or any other criminal activities? They should not be supporting Black LIES Matter, either!

  • Michael Devlin

    Next they will be supporting ISIS.

    • tekwrite

      Hillary already DOES.

      • Wiseguy411

        Bullfeathers

  • usmcwarrior

    Nobody should ever conclude that a college degree…or teaching credentials translates into intelligence.

  • Just my opinion

    Teachers are known to be very liberal. These are the idiots who are teaching our children! Disgusting and so wrong!

  • Charlene Williams

    I spoke with a teacher who works there and wore the
    shirt. He said the faculty wants their black students to know they
    support them and the “cause.” I asked him about
    the rest of the student population and how the faculty are showing
    support for them. He didn’t have an answer. I guess their lives don’t
    matter to those faculty members.

    • baruchzed

      The shirt doesn’t say ONLY black lives matter…

      smh

      So many white supremacists who don’t even know that;’s what they are. Yes you.

    • zoostahl

      I’ve been teaching in Seattle schools since 2007, the same year the supreme court decided (in a case that originated at the school where I teach) that integration programs are not constitutional. Since that decision — stemming from white parents suing the school district because children of color were being given the chance to attend newly-renovated schools where white parents wanted to send THEIR kids — the school where I teach has gotten whiter and whiter. Students of color at my school are isolated, ostracized, and disciplined at far higher rates than their white peers (which is also true district-wide, as recent studies and a DOJ investigation show). I have witnessed first-hand MANY incidents of black kids getting sent home for the same offenses that white students only get a talking-to and then sent back to class. My white students are supported every day in countless ways by a system that sees them as “normal” and that sees non-white kids as the “others.” Of course all students’ lives matter to me – you can ask any of the hundreds I’ve taught and they will tell you so. But I proudly wear my BLM shirt today to show that the lives of my black students have been undervalued for far too long. More than 2,500 teachers in our district bought t-shirts for this event (almost 4x the number reported here) and many students are wearing them too.

      I understand that this may be hard to take in, especially if you’ve never been exposed to this knowledge before. It’s totally logical…Our schools have neglected to teach about race and racism for decades, and instead have followed a false narrative in which white people are blameless for slavery, school and neighborhood segregation, and mass incarceration. Talk about brainwashing! When we were kids this was not our fault – it’s just the way things have gone on for a long time. It took me a while to realize what had happened to me in my schooling and in my family – I was taught and bought in to the myth of white supremacy, just like my parents and teachers had been before me. But once I realized that something was missing (mainly, the perspectives of people who have LIVED these injustices), I did everything I could to find out what the real story was, and continue to read and listen to as many viewpoints as I can to sharpen my position and views. This is what it means to be educated. Within a year I expect to have a doctoral degree.

      I’m wearing a BLM shirt today because I want people to realize that there’s another side to the story. Once you know there’s another side to the story, being silent and/or ignoring it makes you complicit in the oppressive system we all live in.

      If you’re reading this and ready to learn more, there are many resources where you can educate yourself. The recently-released documentary 13th (on Netflix), or Michele Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, both trace the history of the evolution of our prison system – a system which exploited a loophole in the 13th amendment (you know, the one that freed the slaves) allowing people to be enslaved if they committed a crime, during a time when it was essentially against the law to do anything normal while being black (look up the Pig Laws: being broke, staying on the sidewalk if a white person happened to be on the sidewalk also, looking at a white person the wrong way – you could get arrested and put to work on a chain gang for just about anything).

      We imprison many times more people than any other developed nation (Russia is a close 2nd), and we imprison minorities at a higher rate than any other country in the world. Oppressive regimes like Iran pale in comparison to the way the U.S. system treats people of color.

      Will you be ignorant or will you educate yourself? Your choice.

  • Someone I used to Know

    I’m not okay with these sort of people brainwashing our children. BLM puts in danger ALL lives, white, Asian, and black. We need to be supporting our police, not a group that espouses hate.

  • Jim Beam

    Would you expect anything different from Seattle?

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      Frankly, no!!! I live in the NW and liberalism is out of control in the public schools.

      • leslie silk

        We’re trying like heck to get out of here!

        • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

          If I could move I would do it now. Unfortunately I need to wait until my wife retires. Which is about 8 years. However, if HRC is elected it could be more.

          VOTE TRUMP/PENCE

  • 0bsoleteMan

    1. Those shirts look a lot like the ISIS flag.

    2. If you’re a conservative and sending your kid to a public k12 school, wtf are you smoking? Pull them out now!

  • Stormtroopers

    BLM calls for the death of police incites riots, condones violence.
    Any teacher or public employees that wears a BLM Thirty should be fired on the spot.

  • Robert W Butler

    I thought schools were not supposed to promote racism that’s exactly what they’re doing

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      Liberal racism is okay. Remember liberals will use any tactic to promote “their” agenda to justify the means. Lying, cheating, stealing and breaking most any law is par for the course for progressives.

  • Rebecca Groves

    BLM claims it is a political group (we all know a hate group when we see it) why is a school backing anything that is deemed political anyways?? The superintendent and these teachers need to be suspended without pay!

    • Carol Morris Rose

      If I were the parents, I would ask them what week are they going to wear their white lives matter t shirts, or brown lives matter, or any of the others. See what they say to that.

  • Gabrielle Rose

    If a child wears an American flag or Blue Lives Matter they are sent home this is the BS double standards that we have been dealing with for yrs. These people need to be fired for promoting violence and discrimination in schools.. The BLM group are full of thugs and terrorists and want to discriminate against every race but blacks.. The only difference is they are targeting all police no matter the race the men and women that there is 99% good to the 1% not that are getting murdered just because of their uniform. If white people started wearing White lives Matter then everyone would go ballistic of American Indian lives Matter… They need educate themselves on what that group really is all about before wearing an offensive shirt.. It is offensive to everyone that knows what the thugs are really doing.. If I was the parents of those schools I would Boycott the schools, Stand outside the District office with signs and insist this BS stop and the educators do their job educate the kids of everything but Islam and the thugs they wear on the shirts.. Disgusting I would take my kids out of school and start home schooling them since they seem to want to teach about terrorism either threw that group or threw the so called “history” they teach about Islam..

  • Thereason

    If your brother got shot wouldn’t you wear a shirt that’s says my brothers life matters…you wouldn’t wear a shirt that says my cousins life matters now would you….if you loved your brother you would probably be offended by it…or a “family lives matter” shirt…..then they let the man who killed your brother go free…we are human beings according to God all lives matter, it’s a given…we were born knowing this…but in the context of comparison to people who have lost there family members…how can you explain that to a grieving widow ,child ,or mother…of anyone…?

    • I AM DEPLORABLE ✓ᵀᴿᵁᴹᴾ

      If my brother was pointing or holding a gun as the police were telling him to drop it and was shot, I would say my brother was a frigging moron who should have dropped the gun or possibly not been committing a crime in the first place.

  • Polly W

    Actually Black Lives Matter is a terrorist, racist, hate group, nothing more , nothing less. So is the school going to allow Black panthers, Natzis or the Klan t-shirts? It’s all the same

  • Terri Cramer

    I’m very offended that these educators are wearing shirts that promote a hate group.

  • Bob Bluemer

    This activity breaks so many laws, that if the local voters do not vote this entire School Board out, then the local voters are getting exactly what they deserve. Hillary Clinton has a word for these type of Dictatorial Marxist people…. Deplorable.

  • Carol Morris Rose

    Easy way to stop this. Do not send your children to school. If they are absent from school that is not medical, the schools do not get there federal monies. And it is money that will talk when it comes to school. They don’t like to lose it.

  • Dean Ainsworth

    Wow, the teachers are stupid AND racist.

  • Brylar Foustark

    This article is at best misleading:

    “…that’s the coalition of over 50 Black Lives Matter organizations which is receiving $100 million in donations to push their political goals.”

    The actual information states:

    “The Ford Foundation and Borealis Philanthropy recently announced the formation of the Black-Led Movement Fund [BLMF], a six-year pooled donor campaign aimed at raising $100 million for the Movement for Black Lives coalition.”

    The sad part here is it doesnt matter how much the information is twisted or manipulated because I guarantee this website will not respect the facts. I dont support BLALM but they are not what makes up The Movement For Black Lives and even that organization is not endemic to helping only African Americans but many others as well.

  • Bear589

    This isn’t at all surprising coming out of that galactically stupid city. Ever been there? Liberalism oozes like sludge out of every wall, crack in a wall, bush, tree, building — everywhere. You can feel and smell the stupid. You have to take hot showers just to get it off you. Back in 2012, my wife and I spent three days there on our way to a cruise in Alaska — just as they were having their so-called “annual Hempfest.” Yes — it’s exactly what you think it is. And I’m like, “Why the hell did we do this?!?” Hell will get central air before I EVER go back there.

    • leslie silk

      It is really bad here. Absolutely zero boundaries. I’m in Pierce county and driving through town there are zombie like people everywhere! Every one looks like they are completely strung out on drugs. Dirty, disheveled, wandering aimlessly. We are getting far away from this god forsaken place. The nature aspects of the state are beautiful. There are other beautiful places far from here.

      • Bear589

        And it’s not limited to Seattle. It’s spreading.

  • Their lives don’t matter any more than anyone else’s life, and less if they are threatening a cop with a weapon. I’m so sick of public schools vomiting all of this bile on their students in an attempt to propagandize them.

  • shelly earnshaw

    How sad that we can’t simply recognize the need to prefer and validate other human beings. This article is riddled with bias and fear. What if police officers took a day to wear black lives matter shirts…as a simple stance to bridge the gap. This article, and the retaliatory group “blue lives matters” is only worsening the divide. While i don’t agree with everything the movement stands for, i can say assuredly i am not misinformed. I CHOOSE to stand with BLMmovement because i believe we can move TOWARD the goal. Although i greatly respect law enforcement, i am deeply disappointed in how they have handled their response to a movement that is, by and large, peaceful and by all means constitutional.

    • leslie silk

      Peaceful? Hardly. Constitutional? Suspect given that Soros is funding it. Certainly for destructive purposes. These people are pawns.

  • Susie Lung

    Well I just sent some very precise emails to both the superintendant, and the schoolboard emails! I think EVERYONE SHOULD!

  • Tyrel

    They support cop killers. Great job teachers. Should be fired.

  • Computer_Expert

    Get and wear a Make America Great shirts or hats, for your family. Stick it back in their faces.

  • tweedpatch

    In the same way that the actions of *some* police officers does not reflect the beliefs and attitudes of *all* police officers, Black Lives Matter (“BLM”) is not a single organization but rather a loose movement of various groups and individuals.

    I am troubled by, and disgusted with, the rhetoric coming from some who identify as part of BLM. But I don’t think it reflects the beliefs of all who support this movement. It’s no more fair to label the entire BLM movement a KKK-equivalent “terrorist group” than it is to call *all* cops “racist pigs”.

    My view is that both sides have legitimate grievances––some incidents highlighted by the BLM movement show concretely how in some communities the police have a history of discriminating against people of color. However, many incidents spotlighted by BLM I feel are much less clear-cut, in which case I usually give the police the benefit of the doubt––police officers are dealing with split-second, life-and-death decisions, and are increasingly dealing with a disrespectful, uncooperative, and hostile public. I can’t imagine how difficult this must be.

    That said, I feel that dismissing the basic premise of BLM is every bit as divisive and non-productive as calling every incident where the police shoot and kill a person of color “murder”.

    I also am a teacher in Seattle. I can’t speak for every individual school, as it is a huge district, but at my building staff who choose to participate were directed to purchase their own shirt. We are simply going to take a photo of those who choose to wear the shirts, and send that photo to the elementary school in question. What the article here sadly (and tellingly) omitted is that the original incident involved an elementary school with a large minority population. The school had invited black men, representing positive adult role models, to stand outside the school one morning and welcome students as they entered, emphasizing the importance of education. The staff decided to augment the event with the wearing of BLM shirts.

    That such an idea––present young children of color with positive male role models––was disrupted by threats of violence, is despicable. That’s why I’m participating Wednesday, to not let those kinds of threats be the final word heard by these young students. Not to support every thing ever said ever by someone under the BLM mantle. If you truly want to lessen the need for a BLM movement, take the energy you are putting into calling BLM “terrorists” over teachers wearing t-shirts, and put it into finding the person(s) who made the actual threat of violence against an elementary school.

    • leslie silk

      As long as you continue brainwashing black students to keep identifying with their skin color and how different they are because of it, they are going to remain under the delusion. Instead of black role models, how about role models regardless of skin tone? You are limiting these young minds into believing they can only follow those who look like them. Black skin does not matter.

  • baruchzed

    I fully support the teachers who choose to wear the BLM shirts. The fact that so many police and police organizations oppose the BLM movement shows definitively how needed BLM is! Cops should be at the forefront of saying that Black Lives Matter…that is if their mission was actually to protect and serve the citizenry. What police prove, by opposing BLM, is that they are NOT here to protect and serve the citizenry. It is clear that police are waging a war on black people, that they deliberately hunt them down and kill them. It is time to root out and purge all the white supremacists in police departments around this country, and/or to defund and shut down said departments.

  • Neary

    .Clone lives matter.