Frisco's Only Black Coach Says He Was Fired For Complaining of Racial Hostility

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Frisco High School's only black coach says he was fired earlier this year for complaining of racial discrimination.

Former Frisco world history teacher and basketball coach Alvin Jackson claims in a May 22 lawsuit filed in U.S. District Court that school and district administrators began retaliating against him after he complained that track coach Sam Reiter, a pal of Superintendent Rick Reedy, was creating a "racially hostile environment."

A series of satisfactory performance evaluations followed but later, Frisco High School Principal Sylvia Palacios told Jackson that he wasn't a good fit for the district and suggested he resign. She later told him his contract would not be renewed.

And if losing his job wasn't bad enough: "Although Mr. Jackson coached at a basketball game between Lincoln High School and Frisco High School, Mr. Jackson's name was left off the school program."

"Al Jackson ran headlong into a 'good ol' boy' network, plain and simple," Jackson's attorney Joe Kendall said in a press release from his firm. "Someone in Frisco decided they could push him out because of the color of his skin. The law -- and common decency -- says you can't do that."

Frisco ISD, of course, denies the discrimination charges. In a statement, the district said Jackson was fired for classroom performance issues, not race.

"The actions make it appear that Mr. Jackson and his legal counsel are attempting to circumvent the process outlined by the Texas Education Code by filing a frivolous lawsuit against the district and trying the case in the media under false pretenses," the district said.


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There_it_is
There_it_is

This article does not mention the actual incidents citing a racially hostile environment.  But the hostility was not the main issue here.  The problem is that when the coach reported the"actual" situation it fell upon deaf ears.  then he was immediately given negative reviews by the parties involved to save their buddy. Nothing any of us wouldnt do for a friend..right?  The problem is that before all of this happened he was given excellent reviews. Some say they cant believe this to be true but the truth is people at the school distract are as immature and racist as some of you on this blog.  Youre just too Chicken-Sh@# to say it out loud.  So you try to be Billy bad@$$ behind the scenes.  Exactly what the stafff of FISD are doing until they got called out on it.  Then everyone wants to play the victim thereafter.  Pretty patheic if you ask me.  If youre gonna be racist then stand by it.  I could respect that.  Dont be a "cowardly" racist.

Steve
Steve

This is a rather short article, considering the incendiary headline. 

Who all did you interview, Eric?   Can you provide details, like at least one detail?

Langley Witherspoon
Langley Witherspoon

There are a whole lotta crackers trying to convince us that Frisco,TX is as tolerant and inclusive as the REAL Frisco.

Yeah...I've been to the Republican hellhole otherwise DBA Frisco and I ain't buying any of that malarkey.

The coach is spot on.

Len
Len

Surprised to see that no one's mentioned what Frisco HS mascot used to be. Until they started growing around 2000, it was the "'Coons".

Was emblazoned all over their HS and even a couple of water towers.

Aaron
Aaron

Why does the race card ALWAYS have to be pulled out.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

Never complain about a racially hostile environment unless you have absolute undeniable evidence it happened. Otherwise, get your resume ready.

Alfredo
Alfredo

Wake me when the jury returns with a verdict or the case settles

watchingsouthdetroit
watchingsouthdetroit

How about some details and specifics on both sides?1) What was the "racially hostile environment" and how were the complaints addressed by the district?2) What "performance issues" - test scores, teacher evaluation results, won-loss record, etc.?Hard to have an opinion with the general blanket statements like those in the article.  Need better reporting here.

G_David
G_David

The surprising thing is that Frisco hired a black coach in the first place. 

phe_75034
phe_75034

I don't want to shill for FISD. However, I've met with and worked with a number of FISD employees from a variety of disciplines, and I have been consistently impressed with their professionalism and competence.

The quotes from Mr. Jackson's attorney sound like pandering to me. It'll be interesting to see how this all shakes out. However, at the moment, what I'm seeing looks to me a like a disgruntled, fired employee playing the race card in an attempt to get paid, and a lawyer looking for a bunch of free pub.

Im_Ed_Carter
Im_Ed_Carter

Black Coach + Affluent Suburb ISD + Firing = Jackpot!!

Rice Aroni
Rice Aroni

The real Frisco will stay tolerant as long as all the Oakland black folk stay in Oakland where they belong because that's where they from and where they ought to stay and not cause no more trouble.

THEY CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH
THEY CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH

Except  for the straight up white racist, white people today still have no workable response to accusations of racism.  Such accusations are almost guaranteed to cause automatic denials and an immediate shutdown of rational thought and conversation.  And in these times of "true blue" and "wake the dead red" opinions, very little can usually be expected from frank discussion in REAL Frisco. 

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

 Everyone is racist, some people just hide it better.

Scruffygeist
Scruffygeist

Pretty sure I'm glad you don't venture up the Tollway then. Collin County has enough dumbasses already, myself included.

phe_75034
phe_75034

You're right, Langley. Be sure to come on out for our next cross-burning and BBQ. Don't forget to bring your bedsheet and fetish gear. You'll fit right in.

Nobody
Nobody

Yes, and it was for the shortened version of "racoon".  The term for racoon far precedes the racial slur.  It was only changed when a bunch of white yankees couldn't understand that the mascot was an small mammal.  Don't be silly.

phe_75034
phe_75034

No one mentioned it because it's got nothing to do with the story.

TJ's mascot used to be the Rebels. My junior high school mascot was a Warrior in full Native American (back in the day, we called it "Indian") get-up. They were all, in retrospect, inappropriate and offensive. And they were all changed to something more appropriate and less offensive.

RTGolden
RTGolden

You're really improving at this!

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Doesn't need to be "undeniable" but it should actually make a specific charge.

MattL1
MattL1

There's a link to the actual complaint. It's in English and everything! 

JS
JS

Reporting?  REPORTING?  We don't need to do no stinkin' reporting.

Jay
Jay

Why are you surprised?  According to the 2010 US Census Frisco is 75% white and 25% minority, including 9% black. What facts or personal knowledge lead you to be "surprised" that Frisco ISD would hire a minority teacher/coach? Have you ever been to Frisco?

No Klan Fan
No Klan Fan

CD:

 - - - Shouldn't you be out burning crosses instead of trolling message boards?

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

Some days, I hide my racism under white hoods and robes. Other days, its hidden under black berets and black army fatigues. I guess you could say my racism is ambivalent at best.

Regieb
Regieb

So you find no irony or any other thread or potential prejudice  in a place, Frisco, who used the nickname "Coons" until very recently? Like that backward-ass thinking couldn't still be there, somewhere and potentially with white sports coaches?

There's no doubt that Frisco schools are some of the state's best. I know some teachers and admin as well.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

Yeah too bad he didn't record the track coach calling him the n word. Then he would have a valid case.

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

Yeah, except the details of the "racially hostile environment" are very vague.  Nonexistent, actually.  If it was bad enough to cause a complaint you would think at least some of it could be enumerated specifically in the lawsuit.  What was specifically said or done that was hostile? 

G_David
G_David

Yep, I've been to Frisco.

phe_75034
phe_75034

No, I don't find any irony in it at all.

Frisco is no hotbed of Klan activity. There are no deep racist conspiracies being plotted, no secret chapters of the Nazi Party. It's a boring, pre-fab, soul-less exurb like any number of other exurbs around the country. It's predominantly white and Republican, and it's not the most comfortable place in the world for a Jewish lefty like myself, but it's pretty representative of the middle- to upper-middle-class Sunbelt. There's no more "backwards-ass thinking" here than anywhere else.

ObserverFan
ObserverFan

HA! Frisco's Most Wanted! Can you rap about anythang? Hey yo traffic, traffic, lookin fo my chapstick!

trannyntraining
trannyntraining

Speaking of recordings....my rap group, straight up dope azz shit CWA(crackaz with attitudes) got our new album coming to a cul-de-sac near you in July. The fixin' to be indisputable classic album 'Straight outta Frisco' is gonna be bumpin' hard, yo. First single to rock in ya mom's Chevy Tahoe is called "The 'burbs is goin' off". Shits gonna be tighter than the Dallas North Tollway at rush hour! PEACE

Titus Groan
Titus Groan

He doesn't need a recording to make the allegation.  Why can't he be more specific?

RTGolden
RTGolden

Well, they fired him.  Isn't that enough?

Jay
Jay

I have nothing to do with Frisco. I don't particularly care for Frisco's version of urban sprawl and strip malls. I was curious however why you were surprised Frisco would hire a black coach. If I took your comment out of context, what was your context? Your comment wasn't "obviously tongue in cheek," as you imply that Frisco wouldn't ordinarily hire a black coach. I grew up in Richardson, and way back in the 70's we had black coaches and teachers. Are you surprised?

G_David
G_David

Neither does whether I've been to Frisco, but that was the question I was asked.  So I answered.  "earl".

earl
earl

None of that has anything to do with the recruiting or hiring practices utilized.

G_David
G_David

Of course I've been to Frisco several times.  I like the Rough Riders, disposable furniture and gigantic shopping centers full of chain restaurants and retail establishments.  Other than that, I beat a hasty retreat always.  Suburbia just ain't my thing unfortunately. And dude, "slandering" is a bit of an exaggeration to what was obviously a fairly tongue in cheek comment. Are you the mayor of Frisco, or just overly sensitive?

Jay
Jay

You clearly didn't read the article very closely. Again, why are you surprised? Have you ever been to Frisco, or are you merely slandering Frisco over an issue you known nothing about?

phe_75034
phe_75034

Back up, buddy. According to the article, Jackson was the only black coach at Frisco High School, which is only one of six high schools in the district. And there's no mention of whether he was the only black teacher at FHS - I doubt seriously he was.

FISD's teaching staff is as diverse as the community - maybe more so, given the census data provided by Jay above. Trying to cast the institution as lilly-white or racist is both unfair and dead wrong.

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