Bus Driver In Video Is not Racist, Cops Resolve

A school bus drives past Pershing School in Orlando.

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Here’s the factor: There’s a distinction between blind hypothesis and experience-based hypothesis. However our authorized system isn’t outfitted to distinguish between the 2. In any incident involving white individuals inflicting hurt to Black individuals, there shall be hypothesis that the incident was racially motivated. In lots of circumstances, there received’t be any racial slurs or verbal indications that race performed a component in an assault. However Black individuals will see the racism primarily based on our expertise with racism. In different phrases: We all know it was racist as a result of we’ve seen this earlier than. 

However that can by no means match up with the burden of proof our authorized system requires earlier than it would name one thing racist, no matter how apparent the racism is. And that’s why the Morgan County faculty bus driver who was caught on digital camera pushing a 6-year-old Black baby and his 10-year-old Black sister won’t be referred to as a racist when he stands trial—no less than not by the courtroom.

In line with the Morgan Citizen, James O’Neil, the now-former bus driver in query (he was fired after the video went viral), has been arrested and charged with two counts of straightforward battery after the recorded incident that befell earlier this month. He was booked within the Morgan County Detention Heart, the place he spent a day earlier than being bonded out.

“The investigation resulted within the arrest of James O’Neil on two counts of straightforward battery,” Morgan County Chief Deputy Keith Howard stated in a press release. “Whereas this was not a fancy investigation, it was sophisticated by the allegation that the incident was perceived as being racially motivated.”

“Investigators took further time to research all of the details to incorporate consulting with prosecutors within the Ocmulgee Judicial Circuit,” he went on to say. “Investigators couldn’t set up a nexus that the incident was racially motivated.”

So, how do we all know it was racist? Nicely we don’t—not for certain—however we’ve seen the adultification of Black kids by the hands of white authority figures earlier than. We see it within the statistical proof that Black college students are disproportionately and extra harshly disciplined than their white counterparts. We noticed it when a 9-year-old Black woman was compelled into the again of a police automobile and pepper sprayed whereas she was severely distraught and begging for assist. We noticed it when Aurora, Colorado, police pulled over a Black household in an SUV (regardless of the automobile description they got being a bike) and had younger Black women—the youngest of whom was additionally 6 years previous—mendacity face-down on the bottom whereas handcuffed and frantically crying. 

The adultification of Black kids was demonstrably what occurred on that college bus.

From the Citizen:

In line with Nene Carter, the mom of the youngsters who have been pushed, O’Neil allegedly instructed her six-year-old son to take a seat behind the bus, even though main faculty college students normally sit within the entrance of the bus away from the older highschool college students driving the bus within the again.

The 12-second video that went viral on social media exhibits the bus driver standing over the small baby whereas pushing the boy again into his seat close to the entrance of the bus. The ten-year-old sister is standing subsequent to the bus driver making an attempt to achieve out for her brother. The woman shouts, “Cease pushing my brother,” because the bus driver is seen repeatedly pushing the crying boy again into the seat.

“Shut your mouth,” the bus driver says to the woman as he continues pushing the little boy.

The woman asks once more for him to cease pushing her brother when the bus driver seems to place his arms on the woman. The woman tells the bus driver to “get your arms off” when the bus driver all of the sudden pushes her, inflicting the woman to stumble backwards. The bus driver then says to her, “What a ache within the neck you guys are. Get again there.”

A 6-year-old baby isn’t a “ache within the neck” as a result of he’s fearful and anxious about being moved to the again of a bus to take a seat with older youngsters. He’s only a small baby being a small baby. A ten-year-old baby isn’t a “ache within the neck” as a result of she’s making an attempt to guard her youthful sibling from the grown man who’s aggressively placing his arms on him. She’s only a baby doing what she is aware of she’s imagined to do as an enormous sister.

However white America usually views Black kids via a lens that doesn’t detect innocence and underdevelopment as readily and naturally because it does when viewing white kids. It’s simply actually laborious to think about a white 6-year-old baby being despatched to the again of a bus amongst a lot older youngsters after which being pushed as a result of he didn’t need to go. (I’m going to go forward and skip over the half the place I speak in regards to the racist implications of a white bus driver sending a Black baby to the again of the bus within the first place, BTW.)

It’s additionally value mentioning that Carter believes O’Neill was solely fired as a result of he was caught on viral video manhandling her kids.

“We really feel like he was terminated as a result of the story acquired extra protection than the Morgan County Constitution College System would have appreciated,” stated Carter. “It was rumored that they have been simply going to ship him to be retrained.”

And if that’s true, it will have been racist AF. However we might by no means show it.


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