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School Equity Official Who Made Racist, Anti-White Videos Removed

By Hans Bader | October 14, 2021 | 5:15pm EDT
A teacher lectures the class. (Photo credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)
A teacher lectures the class. (Photo credit: MARTIN BUREAU/AFP via Getty Images)

A Washington State school district equity leader has been removed from her position after her vulgarity-laced anti-white tirades and violent rhetoric surfaced.

The College Fix reported on the controversy surrounding Alicia Busch, an equity team leader of the Tahoma School District. She declared in her video clips that white people are “amoral colonizers” and said the American Dream “is white supremacy.”

“If you are a person of whiteness, I don’t give a f***. I don’t give a f*** about your comfort…your feelings…about where you think that your place is in the world,” Busch said in one video. “If...my statements and actions cause you discomfort, then I am doing the right thing.”

In another video, Busch claims “there’s no safe place for BIPOC [Black, Indigenous, People of Color] to exist when whiteness is present. There just isn’t.”

The school board knew about Busch's anti-white rants for months, but it only removed Busch after her rants triggered parental outrage. As radio host Jason Rantz notes,

"A local school district’s equity team leader is no longer in her role after parents discovered her racist and vulgar TikTok videos. But the school has known about her conduct for months.

"On her social media channel, Alicia Busch routinely attacks and mocks white people....she threatens people with physical violence in some videos...Busch still has the support of a Maple Valley school board candidate."

Busch condemns the police for not violating the Constitution. With disdain, she describes how she once allegedly called the police to “report racism,” but was informed that there was nothing they could do, because of “First Amendment rights.” She said, “Police are not going to do s*** for us.”

But police can't arrest people for racist speech. That would violate the First Amendment. The courts have made that clear, over and over again. The Supreme Court struck down a hate-speech ordinance targeting racist speech in R.A.V. v. St. Paul (1992).  It also ruled that a racist group couldn’t be charged more fees based on its racist message (Forsyth County v. Nationalist Movement), and that a racist Klan speech was protected speech (Brandenburg v. Ohio (1969)). And it ruled that a group could call itself a racial slur, in Matal v. Tam (2017).

So the police are just doing their jobs correctly when they refuse to arrest the people that Busch -- herself a racist -- accuses of racism.

Busch may not think white people have rights, but legally, they do. The Supreme Court ruled that it was illegal to fire white employees because they were white, in Wygant v. Jackson Board of Education and in McDonald v. Santa Fe Trail Transportation Co. (1976). And courts have ruled that racial harassment is illegal even when it is committed against whites, in cases such as Huckabay v. Moore (1998).

Busch says she marches “for all people of color who were shot by police — even if they were armed.” (Police killings are not usually due to racism. More unarmed whites are killed than blacks. Moreover, a study by the black Harvard economist Roland Fryer found that racism is not a significant factor in police shootings. Tony Timpa, a white man, was killed in a fashion similar to George Floyd, yet his family received no compensation or justice at all).

Busch's rants against white people contradict the Tahoma School District's Equity page, which declares its schools “must be welcoming, supportive and safe for every student and every adult" and "committed to creating a culture of respect that is inclusive.”

In response to the controversy over her anti-white videos, Busch wrote that her diatribes against white people are simply "her" “truth”:

“I understand that my approach and message might be abrasive. But it is my truth...It is not divisive to call attention to systems of oppression. It is not harmful to speak your truth.”

Hans Bader practices law in Washington, D.C. After studying economics and history at the University of Virginia and law at Harvard, he practiced civil-rights, international-trade, and constitutional law. He also once worked in the Education Department.

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