Sometime in the next few months, school will start up again in Boston. In one classroom in the city, a group of fifth graders will be taught by Nino Brown, a radical black activist who hates both the United States and Israel. He also likes to use bad words, even in front of young children.
Brown made his penchant for bad words patently evident at a “Day of Rage” rally that took place in front of the Statehouse on July 1, 2020. After apologizing for the children in the audience, he led the crowd of a few hundred mostly white college-age kids through several iterations of an exceedingly vulgar chant.
Brown yelled “Fuck your police state!” through the megaphone.
The crowd of guilty white cool kids responded with “America was never great!”
After a few repetitions of this call and response, which ended with hoots and hollers from his audience, Brown declared, “And that’s the same for so-called Israel, that parasitic entity.”
Pretty ugly stuff for an elementary school teacher who teaches in Dorchester, Mass.
But it gets worse. Brown is a spokesperson for a convicted terrorist. Brown was speaking on behalf of Kazi Toure, a leader of the Jericho Movement, an organization that advocates for so-called political prisoners in the United States.
Toure, whose original name is Charles King, was sentenced to seven years in jail after pleading guilty to seditious conspiracy in 1988. Toure was a member of the United Freedom Front, whose members killed a New Jersey State Trooper, robbed 10 banks, and placed bombs in several government buildings — including courthouses in Boston and Lowell, Massachusetts. The bomb in the Boston courthouse injured 22 people.
After Toure was released from prison, he served as a delegate to the UN conference on racism that took place in Durban, South Africa in 2001 where Israel was demonized and Jews harassed and intimidated.
Channeling the words of Toure, schoolteacher Brown expressed support for the Palestinians in their fight with supposed Zionist colonial invaders, called U.S. President Donald Trump a “pig,” and declared that “Zionism is racism.” He also declared that “Zionists are paying for trips for people to go to Israel — whatever that is — the state of Israel training police and prison guards.”
After calling the death of African Americans at the hands of police in the United States “the face of genocide,” Brown declared that “When we say ‘Netanyahu, you can’t hide! We charge genocide,’ we say, ‘the United States no matter what president we have, Donald Trump, Barack Obama, Jesus Christ, it doesn’t matter, you can’t hide. It’s still a genocidal country.’”
The Boston schoolteacher continued to channel Toure, declaring that the United States “has not been able to find peace from its original sins — the capture and enslavement of African people and genocide of the original first world people of this nation” and that “it’s time to hit the reset button.”
“We have to be clear, this social experiment called the United States of America has failed,” Brown said.
After declaring that the police cannot be reformed and that it’s time for African Americans to part ways with the rest of the country, Brown channeled Toure’s call for African Americans to secede from the United States.
“You promised us forty acres and a mule,” Brown said. “Where is it? The Palestinians are fighting for their land. The indigenous people in this country are fighting for their land and the black people in this country, I need to fight for their land as well. The same five or six states in the Black man’s south where the majority of our people are concentrated still needs to be liberated just like the entire United States.”
He channeled Toure’s call for secession across the street from the Robert Gould Shaw and the 54th Regiment Memorial in downtown Boston.
The memorial commemorates the bravery and sacrifice of Black soldiers in the American Civil War and had been boarded up since it was vandalized during a May 31, 2020 protest against police brutality experienced by African Americans.
Hopefully, Brown won’t be teaching American history when school starts up again in the fall. The agenda promoted by Brown and his mentor, Kazi Toure, might bring us more destroyed statues, but not real reform. Given the details surrounding George Floyd’s death, it’s unreasonable to expect African Americans to view his death through anything but the lens of America’s shameful history of lynching of black men.
But for Brown and Toure to transform the guilt of the young white protesters into rage toward the Jewish state and the American republic, both of which have provided powerful examples of how to confront and rebel against the tragedy inherent in the human condition, is simply shameful.
The upshot is this: the solons who run Boston Public Schools have a teacher on the payroll who hates the United States and Israel. When he’s not teaching 12-year-olds in Dorchester, he moonlights as a spokesperson for a convicted terrorist who promotes the dissolution of the American republic.