Elementary Music Teacher’s Op Ed Only Missing A Cross To Nail Himself To

Clinton Walter Wright - Durham Academy Music TeacherMeet Clinton Wright.

He is currently a music teacher at Durham Academy, where tuition is apparently over $21,000 a year.

Mr. Wright is also apparently a social justice warrior .

Mr. Wright volunteered to be arrested at Moral Monday on April 25th in protest of HB2.

But that arrest wasn’t enough.

In Wright’s mind, the people have to know why. His overly dramatized reasons were put into an Op Ed at the News and Observer. You’ll see what I mean by ‘overly dramatized’ just in the opening paragraphs below:

When a General Assembly police officer asked me April 25 whether I understood I would be arrested if I did not stand up and exit the building, hundreds of young faces flashed through my mind. Their voices, stories and struggles began to interweave with my own past as I replied, simply, “Yes.”

Although I am a cis-gendered gay man, my choice to participate in civil disobedience was not for my benefit but to use my privilege to stand up for and protect children from the harm of House Bill 2. This is why I shouted, “For the children of North Carolina,” as the plastic zip-tie cuffs were placed on my wrists that night. While sitting in the Wake County Detention Center, I had several hours to think and to feel my body as it filled with excitement and energy. It was an electric evening of flashbacks and of reflecting on life’s purpose.

So is Mr. Wright styling himself as the William Wallace of the LGBT?  Or is he more like Helen Lovejoy? I’d opt for the latter.  After reading the whole thing, all that was missing was a Cross for him to nail himself too.

But it gets even more dramatic, poor Mr. Wright cried when HB2 returned bathrooms back to what they had been BEFORE the Charlotte ordinance fiasco.

On March 23, the night HB2 was rushed into law, I cried myself to sleep. I knew immediately that people like me could be further marginalized in their places of employment.

My greatest fear, however, was the dangers possible now that Jim Crow had once again found his way back into legislation and would soon be disenfranchising all marginalized people, including persons of color and especially those persons of color who identify as gender-queer, a-gendered, gender-fluid, gender nonconforming and transgender human family members. When I thought I was done crying, I couldn’t keep my mind from my students and the obstacles in their immediate futures.

Imagine Wrights’ reaction if someone had written “HB2” in chalk outside his school.

Dry your eyes, folks, because Mr. Wright goes on to regale us with what  a 10-year-old student allegedly said the following to him:

“Mr. Wright, can I ask you a possibly inappropriate question?”

I nervously answered, “Of course!”

“I’m wondering if it’s true that you got arrested last night.”

As I attempted to deflect a potentially confusing conversation, my student said, “I just want you to know that I fully support your decision. I think you are brave. We must fight back against our evil legislature. I’m going to tell everyone that you’re a hero!”

He then gave me a high-five and ran down the hallway and began to tell his friends the news. This student is a mere 10 years old. He represents our future and, in essence, is a shining affirmation of my decision to consider an act of civil disobedience in his honor.

Gee, did that student run off with Susie and Jimmy to hit the Mayberry swimming hole after school? Did they ride their bikes through the town after and stop for an ice cream float too?

I’m sorry, but I’m calling total BS on that entire alleged exchange. I mean come on…The “evil legislature”?! Either the kid has two total Leftists for parents, Mr. Wright has been infusing his music lessons with Leftist rhetoric or he made the exchange up.

I’ve got a nearly 10-year-old kid and the biggest thing on his mind is Pokemon, not politics or browsing the evening news. I think Mr. Wright took a page out of Omar Currie’s book.

Rainbow SnowflakesThis guy is in a school around impressionable young kids all day, five days a week.

If I was a parent of a child at that school, I’d be asking the administration what social justice warrior crap is he filling kids heads with and how to get my tuition back.

K-12 is where the fragile snowflakes we see making idiots of themselves on college campuses are made, folks. Wake up.

Earlier this morning, I contacted the Durham Academy director of communications for official comment on Wright’s arrest and Op Ed. Stay tuned.

About A.P. Dillon

A.P. Dillon is a freelance journalist and is currently writing at The North State Journal. She resides in the Triangle area of North Carolina. Find her on Twitter: @APDillon_
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7 Responses to Elementary Music Teacher’s Op Ed Only Missing A Cross To Nail Himself To

  1. Kathy says:

    Honest Question. What is a “cis-gendered gay man”?


  2. RLJohnson77 says:

    Time to ask for some money back.


  3. Bigalsouth says:

    Music teacher, huh. Bongos or drum circle?


  4. brackenkaren says:

    Everybody is searching for their 15 minutes of fame. What the heck is a cis-gendered gay man??? Sounds to me like his time would be better spent on a psychiatrist’s couch.


    • Chris says:

      I’m not 100% fluent in Newspeak, but if I understand correctly a “cis-gendered gay man” is one who is born male, considers himself to be male, and is attracted to other males.

      This is in contrast to a “trans-gendered gay man”, which I believe would be one who is born female, considers himself to be male, and is attracted to males.

      Yeah, it gives me a headache too.


    • Robert says:

      It’s an individual who is mentally disturbed. My question is why the heck is he allowed to indoctrinate young people. What the hell is wrong with parents today?


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