America has progressed over the last two hundred years with regard to race relations. Our government has advanced notably since segregated offices in the Federal workplace during the Woodrow Wilson Presidency. History discloses that we have moved beyond the Middle Passage, the One-Drop Rule, and the overt racism that our government adopted during the Jim Crow era. In 2009, America witnessed the inauguration of its first African-American President, President Barack Obama. Unfortunately, despite this notable ascension of an extremely brilliant, highly educated and qualified man of color to the highest rank of public service, the vast majority of qualified individuals of color are still deprived career opportunities to best serve our nation. Discrimination and racism still persists sadly even among the people of color as seen under embattled Superintendent William Hite Jr. (pictured below).
Embattled superintendent Hite.
In Prince George’s County public schools (PGCPS) – Maryland currently led by the embattled superintendent Hite, the prevalence of “colorism” — black on black discrimination, is the order of the day in various schools and central offices including Sasscer Administrative building where Dr. William Hites office is. Even though this might be less known, it’s an open secret in this predominant black community. While many blacks do not always discriminate against each other by color, this attitude is not unique. The fact that blacks often treat other blacks differently, based on the shade of their skin, is a well-known issue in this ancient old land. However, the issue seem to have turned out for the worse in PGCPS under embattled Hite. (Read the news article here) and another news clip here.
Comedian Paul Mooney talks about it on stage. In one of his routines he said, “At home where I come from, Louisiana, we have the saying for it: ‘If you brown, hang around. If you yellow, you mellow. If you white, you all right. If you black, get back.’ ” “The worst insult a dark-skinned boy as a child, ever got is to be called African,” Jason who is an administrator said recently. “You can call me anything in the book when I was younger. Just don’t call me African,” he added.
Jason said people equate Africa to “savage.”
The Black Power movement was supposed to change those attitudes, and it did change some things. Suddenly there were some dark-skinned male stars who played the “hero” — Richard Roundtree played “Shaft,” and other stars followed, like Samuel L. Jackson, Wesley Snipes, and Oscar winners Denzel Washington and Jamie Foxx.
As a result of the above, maladministration, professional misconduct, corruption, nepotism and discrimination in Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) have gotten out of hand. We share this information in honor of staff members who are victims of retaliation and discrimination in various ways within the same District system. (Read the cases here) It is our hope that the accounts that follow highlight qualities of a new Superintendent that will assist in the selection process as we move forward in finding a new leader. It is our sincere believe that the accounts that follow in the next few weeks and months narrating racism, professional misconduct, discrimination and nepotism within PGCPS system, not only captures your attention, but motivates you to proactively fight for a better America. By holding our county government and elected officials accountable. We can continue to build and promote an inclusive culture that encourages effective workforce performance not cover-ups! State and county employees, guardians over the public trust, must be able to pursue the missions of their organizations free from discrimination, racism and retaliation. Public servants should not have to operate in fear of retaliation for reporting workplace, program or policy abuses that are racially discriminatory.
What Prince George’s County Public Schools (PGCPS) – District Community needs in a new Superintendent;
- Community needs a new Superintendent who has a vision, is able to communicate that vision and is able to make it come to pass.
- Teachers in all schools are 100 percent focused on the children. “Our problem here isn’t funding, it’s some administrators,” one teacher said recently. “There are givers and takers in this world, and it’s sad that in this community we have too many takers.” How can one justify thousands of administrators making over $100,000 with nothing to show for it?
- The community also needs a new Superintendent who is a team leader and a team player who can educate children on their individual level. William Hite Jr. EdD is neither a good team leader nor a good team player.
- Administrators, Teachers and support staff need a new superintendent who can quickly gain the confidence of leaders within the system, inspire them, motivate them and re-energize them.
- They also strongly favor a new superintendent as someone who can focus on one or two key areas of change; improve student achievement and be fair and consistent in his or her dealings with employees, students and the community.
- Other Key suggestions made to the “Reform Sasscer Team” are; A new superintendent who could implement a system wide focus on all schools, meet the needs of students who aren’t college-bound and unify the school system and public behind one vision.
- A new Superintendent who could assist students make AYP as well as staying focused on students and working on parental involvement. Many schools have been failing contrary to what William Hite has been saying lately as a cover up, (Read the news clip here).
- The big superintendent goals/qualities that came out of the teachers’ input meeting recently are making data-driven decisions that are not one-size fits all, giving administrators the autonomy to use school data to identify problems at their schools and create solutions to fix them, and bridging racial divisions that exist in the school system.
- Encouraging collaboration and creativity among teachers, being a visionary and having sensitivity for other cultures including southern and racial issues.
- A new Superintendent who can work with all the board members without targeting those who do not toe the line by not supporting fraud and other corrupt activities.
- The Business Community wants a new superintendent who can utilize sound business practices to achieve the outcome that everyone wants — or should want — and that’s getting the best results for our kids. Today, we spend a lot to get a poor product. No business can sustain itself with that model.
- Finally PGCPS needs a new superintendent who can fight corruption and take head on Bully administrators who are sexually harassing staff in various locations, schools, central offices within the PGCPS District system with blind eye of embattled Superintendent Hite. This issue has been compromising quality of service and has gotten worse under him. (William Hite Jr. EdD).