Image: Education expert and conservative Republican political activist Ginger Russell sharply criticized the Magnolia Independent School District on Monday night, September 14, 2020, during a school board meeting for teaching “division and racism” in an English class at Magnolia High School.
The Golden Hammer Staff Reports
Magnolia, September 16 – Magnolia Independent School District (Magnolia ISD) has landed in political hot water again after receiving national attention in early September when a teacher at Magnolia High School hung a political poster supporting “Black Lives Matter” inside the school. The school district adopted a political neutrality policy a few days later, but now a different teacher, Matthew Finley, an English teacher, has stirred controversy for including a book, James Baldwin’s The Fire Next Time, which teaches “division and racism,” according to education expert Ginger Russell.
Russell sharply criticized the school district and Finley on Monday night, September 14, 2020, during a school board meeting. “We need to get back to teaching basics and not trying to indoctrinate and divide the children of our nation,” Russell told The Golden Hammer, Montgomery County’s leading daily newspaper during an exclusive interview last night.
The following are excerpts from Russell’s remarks before the Magnolia ISD Board of Trustees (please note that there are certain racial slurs which readers may find offensive):
I found a book our local Magnolia ISD English…class requires our students to read titled The Fire Next Time. Here are a few quotes from the book:
‘Power was the subject of the speeches I heard. We were offered, as Nation of Islam doctrine, historical and divine proof that all white people are cursed, and are devils, and are about to be brought down. This has been revealed by Allah Himself to His prophet, the Honourable Elijah Muhammad. The white man’s rule will be ended for ever in ten or fifteen years (and it must be conceded that all present signs would seem to bear witness to the accuracy of the prophet’s statement.’
‘The so-called American Negro is the only reason Allah has permitted the United States to endure so long; the white man’s time was up in 1913, but it is the will of Allah that this lost black nation, the black men of this country, be redeemed from their white masters and returned to the true faith, which is Islam.
‘The Negroes of this country may never be able to rise to power, but they are very well placed indeed to precipitate chaos and ring down the curtain on the American dream.’
‘You can only be destroyed by believing that you really are what the white world calls a nigger.’
Finley listed his English 4 reading list, which includes Baldwin’s book in addition to works by Alfred Lord Tennyson, Nathaniel Hawthorne, Shusaku Endo, and Yehuda Amichai. Interestingly, after Russell began complaining about Baldwin’s work among Finley’s reading list for high school children, Finley’s reading list disappeared from the school district’s website.
On September 1, this newspaper reported that a political poster supporting “Black Lives Matter,” the anti-white African-American organization which has sought to radicalize the body politic, appeared in a classroom at Magnolia High School. The poster included six messages: “Black Lives Matter”, “Love is Love”, “Science is Real”, “Feminism is for Everyone”, “No Humans are Illegal”, and “Kindness is Everything.” Please see “Magnolia High School Teachers Bring Radical Politics Into Classroom With Board Display, Administration Responds To Parents’ Reaction,” The Golden Hammer, September 1, 2020.
After this newspaper’s report received nationwide attention and after numerous parents complained to the administration, Todd Stephens, Superindendent of Magnolia ISD ordered the removal of the poster from Magnolia High School. On Tuesday, September 8, the school district issued a policy prohibiting the spreading of political propaganda by teachers on Magnolia ISD campuses.
The statement from Stephens included the following statement: “Magnolia ISD and our teachers will not use our classrooms or discussions to support or endorse any political position or ideology to students…The idea of a classroom free of political bias has long been a cornerstone of our public education system.” Sadly, neither Stephens nor Magnolia ISD’s spokesperson responded to a request for comment or for confirmation that Finley has removed Baldwin’s book from his English Literature reading list.
Ginger Russell is a force of nature in southwest Montgomery County. She’s the Montgomery County Republican Party Area Chair who oversees the work of the Republican Precinct Chairs in that area. She’s the Voting Precinct Chair herself in Precinct 74.
People within Voting Precinct 74 openly admire Russell for her hard work and her unwillingness ever to give up the fight for conservative principles. It should have come as no surprise that Russell and Kelli Cook defeated the entire Magnolia ISD political establishment in the August, 2018, tax hike election.
Russell is an expert in the field of home schooling and education. She successfully home schooled her own children and has worked closely with the massive network of home schooling parents in Montgomery County and statewide.
Finley has made clear that he is a huge admirer of Baldwin, who was, in fact, largely shunned by the American civil rights movement, including by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who specifically did not invite Baldwin to speak at the March on Washington in 1963 at which Dr. King delivered his “I Have A Dream” speech. Baldwin was openly gay, while Dr. King made clear that he did not support homosexuality.