Black East Ridge Principal Needlessly Attacked By Woke Police & Media

Published February 2, 2021

East Ridge, TN – Parents in Hamilton County took to social media Monday to express their distaste for the most recently released newsletter from East Ridge Middle School, some went as far as to call the incident “horrifying.”

In response online, District 8 School Board Member Tucker McClendon addressed the issue saying “I’m aware of the newsletter that went out today from a school in my district. I have full confidence in Principal Drake and she will be issuing an apology shortly.”

Later Monday evening, ERMS Principal Christy Drake issued an apology. 

What could Drake have possibly released in the public newsletter that enraged some parents so quickly? 

“All Lives Matter.”

Principal Drake, an African American woman herself, made the decision to select this as a theme for the school’s monthly newsletter which was inspired by February being Black History Month.

The school has long maintained a mission statement that is visibly posted around the campus: “Where Every Child Matters.”

According to the Tennessee Department of Education’s School Report Card, 34.9 % of the middle school’s students are Black, while white students make up 27.2% of the population, Hispanic students 36% and Asian students 1.6%.

The line of thought in choosing such a theme, to some, then seems perfectly reasonable and doesn’t appear to warrant public outrage. 

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Unfortunately, due to heightened sensitivity to statements such as this has become all too common across social media and a few parents who feel personally uncomfortable with the phrase have made it their mission to make a pariah out of Principal Drake. 

Drake’s apology stated that she had not fully considered the context of the theme and that it was directly inspired by the aforementioned statement on a mural located in the school. 

She further expressed her sentiment by saying, “I firmly believe that every child that walks through the doors of East Ridge Middle School matters, and my heart was to emphasize how important each one of our students are to me.”

“As a black woman in leadership, I embrace civil rights, Black History Month and the sacrifices that have been made by those who came before me. I hope that my students, many of whom look like me, believe in the possibilities of their unlimited potential,” Drake said.

Upset parents are calling Drake “willfully ignorant” and tone deaf, considering this an act that somehow ostracized a large part of the student body, despite the words themselves being inclusive. 

Some have even gone as far as saying on Facebook that every parent should pull their child out of ERMS and that the apology will never be good enough. 

The political implications of the statement have been in the public eye since as early as 2012, but recently gained a resurgence in popularity in response to “Black Lives Matter” protests across the country.

While it is apparent that many consider the phrase “All Lives Matter” to be a “racist dog whistle,” others aren’t so sure the response is proportionate to the issue. 

This story will likely continue to evolve as locals respond. Check back for further coverage. 

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11 thoughts on “Black East Ridge Principal Needlessly Attacked By Woke Police & Media

  • February 2, 2021 at 7:16 pm
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    Is the school board saying that ONLY Black Lives Matter? What about Asian and Hispanic lives? Don’t they matter?

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  • February 2, 2021 at 7:19 pm
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    Since when is, “Truth” (capital t on purpose) unwelcome? When people make up stories in their own minds about what it means, only to them.

    My boundaries tell me, that other people don’t get the privilege to tell me what phrases mean.
    I encourage everyone to have the same boundaries.

    All children matter. All lives do matter, and if that’s not true for you, then you may be a person with a problem.

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    • February 8, 2021 at 5:51 pm
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      Amen, well stated.

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  • February 2, 2021 at 8:29 pm
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    I think Drake was in the right for being all-inclusive of her student population.

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  • February 3, 2021 at 12:34 am
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    If February is designated as Black History Month and the slogan at this school must be, “Black Lives Matter” then are we going to have March or another month designated as, “White History Month with a slogan, “White Lives Matter” or are we all going to come to our senses and say, with conviction, that “ALL LIVES MATTER”. When Christ died on that Cross, HE did not do it to save only men or only women, HE did not do it to save only White Lives or only Black lives, or only lives of any other color, HE died for ALL of Humankind. I feel sorry for this principal because she seems to be the only one in this story that has anything that resembles intelligence. We have allowed politicians and the “woke” culture to further divide us-so sad.

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    • February 5, 2021 at 8:57 pm
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      I believe she was lead by her heart. Trying to unite her school not divide. Anyone attacking her should be ashamed

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  • February 5, 2021 at 6:34 pm
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    By law all American citizens and are all equal. There is no race issue unless people make it an issue. Start seeing everyone as gray. No problems left. All the media is doing is tearing us apart. This is not us.

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  • February 5, 2021 at 8:06 pm
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    All lives matter! Anyone that says different is the racist.

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  • February 6, 2021 at 10:15 am
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    What the living hell?!?? All lives matter. BLM is not an advocate for African Americans——at all. They are a domestic terrorist group and all of them should be arrested and in jail

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  • February 6, 2021 at 10:15 am
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    What the living hell?!?? All lives matter. BLM is not an advocate for African Americans——at all. They are a domestic terrorist group and all of them should be arrested and in jail

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