Recently the Warren Lane school library was redesigned by former Rams Quarterback Jared Goff. Inglewood Unified School District marketed and promoted the event with all the fanfare it could muster including videos on its website, and T.V media coverage as well. The only thing is that Russel Westbrook had already donated a reading room with books at the same school and IUSD administration was fully aware of it. What’s the difference?
Superstar athlete Russell Westbrook, the former NBA Most Valuable Player, NBA all-time triple double record holder, and local UCLA and Leuzinger High school basketball standout, donated one of his 4 reading rooms at IUSD elementary schools to Warren Lane in 2019. However, despite this, Dr. Erika Torres chose to close the school at the end of 2020 school year with full knowledge of the recent investment by Mr. Westbrook’s Why Not Foundation’s early literacy program which is in 26 schools nationwide each stocked with 1200 books. Apparently Jared Goff’s contribution is more valued than Russell Westbrook’s by Dr. Erika Torres. What is the difference between the two athletes? Both contributed to the school, however, Mr. Goff who has been treated with reverence for his contribution by Dr. Erika Torres is white, and Mr. Westbrook who was unceremoniously dismissed after his contribution a year earlier and has been treated with disrespect by Dr. Erika Torres is African-American.
Not only has Dr. Erika Torres demonstrated a lack of appreciation for Mr. Westbrook’s contribution, the school principal confirmed in a faculty meeting that Dr. Torres directed the kindergarten class be moved to the reading room built by Mr. Westbrook at the Warren Lane site the Friday before the campus reopened. This is totally disrespectful of his investment, and offensive to African-American athletes such as Mr. Westbrook who want to give back to their community. Dr. Erika Torres is Inglewood Unified School District’s example of Cancel Culture. I guess we can call her “Erika the Eraser”, at least as far as African Americans are concerned.
Observant Inglewood resident