Sexism from Jersey City Superintendent
April 20, 2011 1 Comment
Last Wednesday, the superintendent of Jersey City public schools, spoke to a group of local pastors, and said this:
“Our worst enemy is the young ladies,” Epps said. “The young girls are bad. I don’t know what they’re drinking today, but they’re bad…[employees of JP Morgan and Goldman Sachs who have volunteered to mentor students have] signed up to help even the dirty, nasty, bad kids.”
Well, aren’t they the heroes?
Seriously? This guy is in charge of the public school system of an entire city? That he thinks so little of the young girls under his charge says a lot about him. It’s disgusting that not only he still has a job, but that people are defending him. Ministers that attended the meeting, and even other school board members, are busy telling the press what this man really meant to say, how he doesn’t think badly of all the girls, oh no, just the bad ones. Commenters on the articles linked in this post jump to point at the police officers stationed at the schools as evidence of the truthiness of his words.
I cannot feel anything but angry for the girls in the JCPS system, and hurt for them. Children are not bad, dirty, or nasty. Girls are not the worst enemy of anyone. That so many think otherwise, and feel perfectly comfortable saying so publicly, shows the depths to which our society will go to tear down young girls.
To the girls stuck in JCPS:
Stay strong. Do not let this cold-hearted, contemptible man define you. You are strong. You are smart. You are brave and courageous, and you are better than Superintendent Epps and his supporters. Rise up–speak out against this hatred. Stand together. Help one another. Follow your dreams.
Epps so far has refused, perferring only to apologize that he hadn’t meant it that way, and that he used “a poor choice of words.”
I have to disagree, Epps. I think you made your contempt for the girls of Jersey City perfectly clear.