Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids to White School District Reviewed by Momizat on . By Dr. Boyce Watkins An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in w By Dr. Boyce Watkins An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in w Rating:
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Black Mother Jailed For Sending Kids to White School District

By Dr. Boyce Watkins

An Ohio mother of two was sentenced to 10 days in jail and placed on three years probation after sending her kids to a school district in which they did not live. Kelly Williams-Bolar was sentenced by Judge Patricia Cosgrove on Tuesday and will begin serving her sentence immediately.

The jury deliberated for seven hours and the courtroom was packed as the sentence was handed down. She was convicted on two counts of tampering with court records after registering her two girls as living with Williams Bolar’s father when they actually lived with her. The family lived in the housing projects in Akron, Ohio, and the father’s address was in nearby Copley Township.

Additionally, Williams-Bolar’s father, Edward L. Williams, was charged with a fourth-degree felony of grand theft, in which he and his daughter are charged with defrauding the school system for two years of educational services for their girls. The court determined that sending their children to the wrong school was worth $30,500 in tuition.

When I read about this case, a few thoughts went through my mind. First, it’s clear that the court is trying to make Kelly Williams-Bolar into an example. Even the judge in the case, Patricia Cosgrove, said that her sentence was appropriate ”so that others who think they might defraud the school system perhaps will think twice.”

Secondly, it’s interesting how courts find it convenient to make someone into an example when they happen to be poor and black. I’d love to see how they prosecute wealthy white women who commit the same offense. Oh, I forgot: Most wealthy white women don’t have to send their kids to the schools located near the projects.

Third, I’m not sure why the court is treating this law-abiding mom like a thug who ran into a building with a shotgun and robbed the district of $30,000. Instead, they could simply subtract the amount it costs for her kids to go to the second school from the amount that would be spent for them to attend the first one. I’m sure the difference would still be substantial, since American educational apartheid dictates that schools in poorer neighborhoods are of significantly less quality than other schools. The racial divisions within American schools are nothing less than a blatant and consistent human rights violation and should certainly be treated as such.

A final interesting blow by Judge Cosgrove that reflects the experience of marginalized African Americans in the criminal justice system relates to Williams-Bolar’s quest to obtain a teaching degree. The single mother was in school studying to become a teacher so that she could create a better life for her girls. But that won’t happen for her family now, given that the judge has all but shut the door on her chance to fulfill her dream:

“Because of the felony conviction, you will not be allowed to get your teaching degree under Ohio law as it stands today,” the judge said.” The court’s taking into consideration that is also a punishment that you will have to serve.”

This case is a textbook example of everything that remains racially wrong with America’s educational, economic and criminal justice systems. Let’s start from the top: Had Ms. Williams-Bolar been white, she likely would never have been prosecuted for this crime in the first place (I’d love for them to show me a white woman in that area who’s gone to jail for the same crime). She also is statistically not as likely to be living in a housing project with the need to break an unjust law in order to create a better life for her daughters. Being black is also correlated with the fact that Williams-Bolar likely didn’t have the resources to hire the kinds of attorneys who could get her out of this mess (since the average black family’s wealth is roughly 1/10 that of white families). Finally, economic inequality is impactful here because that’s the reason that Williams-Bolar’s school district likely has fewer resources than the school she chose for her kids. In other words, black people have been historically robbed of our economic opportunities, leading to a two-tiered reality that we are then imprisoned for attempting to alleviate. That, my friends, is American Racism 101.

This case is a textbook example of how racial-inequality created during slavery and Jim Crow continues to cripple our nation to this day. There is no logical reason on earth why this mother of two should be dehumanized by going to jail and be left permanently marginalized from future economic and educational opportunities. Even if you believe in the laws that keep poor kids trapped in under-performing schools, the idea that this woman should be sent to jail for demanding educational access is simply ridiculous.


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  • MarKuZ

    Dr. Watkins, as a Black Man in Cincinnati, OH watching my school district being robbed by the homosexual/teacher union coalition running the Democratic Party, I think your article is garbage.

    Urban teachers are paid at least a third more than suburban teachers, and the Democratic Party running the school board forces the tax payers to pay for homosexual insurance. So, when you make the statement “that urban schools are underfunded” that is absolutely not true.

    The Akron school district that this benefit pump (Williams-Bolar) resided in spent $14,000 per student. The school district she was stealing from spent 10,000 per student (my figures come from the Ohio Department of Education). Roughly $4100 came from the state; the rest came from each school districts tax payers. So she was stealing about $12,000 a year from the Copley Township tax payers.

    Racism has no place in this conversation. Black, so called political/social pundits like yourself should check you testicals, if they are intact, use them and began to address the real problem decimating the Black Urban Education, the homosexual/teachers’ union coalition running the Democratic Party…

    The first thing the homosexual/teachers’ union coalition did via the Obama administration was cut funding to the Historically Black Colleges, after President BUSH (who you most likely have called racist several hundred times) raised the HBC funding to $170,000,000…

    Well, you tell me BLACK MAN?

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  • James P. Hilton

    I am white. And I read alot. But few stories I read these days pissed me off as much this one.

    I hope this lady somehow finds justice in this bleak situation.

    If I were a rich man I would hire her the best lawyers money could buy so she could give her kids a shot at a better life and then expose this gross miscarriage of justice and the heartless, hypocritical monsters who perpetuated it.

  • Shaniqua

    My favorite part in this whole article is where the writer states that rich white women don’t live in the projects. This implies that only blacks live in the projects. Okay, answer me this, “Doctor,” why are there so many blacks in the projects? Because, “the white man is bringing you down” excuse? No. Blacks are lazy, ignorant, uneducated, and are more raciest than any white person. Get off your lazy asses, go to school, and get a job. I did. I’m a proud, black mother that can send her kids to a great school, own a beautiful home, and feed my children healthy meals. I didn’t get handed my great life, I earned it. Anyone can do it. Nothing held me back. If anything, being a black woman helped me get scholarships. I proved myself to my employer and landed a 70k a year career. I did all this because I didn’t want to stay in the projects, I wanted more for myself, and I got it.

  • karen

    To Shaniqua, I agree that many Blacks make excuses for not being able to get ahead in life. But this article shows a woman that was clearly trying to get it together. So for that I take my hat off to her. I stay in a white town with only two high schools and I have seen White people by a house on the other side of town for sports alone. So to the mom I can say you go girl. Keep your head up! And don’t let this stop you from giving your children the best.

  • K. Williams

    Can SOME athlete step up and pay to provide a legal team to represent Ms. Williams-Bolar!!!! This is ludicrous for her to have to spend ANY time behind bars for using another address to ensure that her children have a better education so that they can compete with the rest of the world once they go to college! We KNOW that she is not the ONLY person using the address of another.
    Lady Justice, you’ve peeked through that blindfold because you KNOW this is not JUST!!

  • Vonda

    I am a 30 year old black single mother to an already very intelligent 2year old. I am a Store Manager as well and I would’ve done the same thing for my child! I am a product of the poor class education system & I absolutely refuse to raise my child through such a struggle for a low rate education (compared to other (better) school districts). I tip my hat to this mother!!! GOD HAS AN EVEN GREATER PLAN FOR YOUR CHILDREN!! GOD BLESS :)

  • eddie

    As a black man who worked his ass off in school to get to where I am today, to say our inner-city schools are set up for faliure and it is the reason so many of us fail is extremely offensive to me. Being in a class with 25 other students, in which only 2 were white, the vast majority of the class had no intention of learning what-so-ever, the 2 white students included. So don not take away my hard work and dedication to suceede by saying it was the result of the schooling system when only 3 other students as well as myself were intent on taking advantage of our educational oppurtunity provided to us. I had some wonderful teachers who truly anted us to succede and to say it was the schools fault and not those kids whos only reason being there was to make friends and not to learn is very offensive to me. We as a people will never rise above our current place in society by blaming all of our faults on white people. They do not force us to do the things we do, and to say that our under funded educational system is what keeps us down is just b.s. Instead of blaming how we turn out on everyone else instead of taking a look in the mirror is just passing the blame. I feel for this proud black woman, but at the end of the day she commited a crime and she must deal with the consequences, although I feel it would indeed be an injustice to prevent her from obtaining her teahing liscense. Fining her is appropriate, maybe even the 10 days in jail, but she does not deserve to be punished for the rest of her life.

  • Kirk Dougluss

    this is RIDICULOUS- and a total waste of the legal system funding and manpower- they arrest a parent for going to the wrong schools, while the thugs are selling crack, heroine, and meth on the streets. They should arrest and jail the local, state, and federal government officials, who allowed the PUBLIC SCHOOL SYSTEM to deteriorate to this point, causing a parent to be forced to do this. The woman was only looking out for her kids’ welfare and safety ,and wanted them to get a good education, in a safe school. If you are a citizen of the USA, you should be able to attend ANY public school, that you can physically get your children to in the morning, so they can attend. PERIOD. Kids who are lousy students and don’t want to learn, won’t want to travel to go to school, and will quit as soon as they are old enough to quit- regardless. They should institute a nationwide VOUCHER system, so one can attend ANY PUBLIC SCHOOL in the country, they want to. Wealthy people should not have a chokehold on the better public school systems, and be able to monopolize them for their own kids. Not everyone wants to go in debt $500,000 to buy a house and pay $15,000 a year in property taxes, just to go to a good, safe high school. REAL ESTATE prices and property taxes have become the “barrier to entry” for a good public school education. This is what happens when we have no tariff system, and USA mfg. jobs get outsourced to China, to take advantage of cheap labor. Our education system suffers, along with our entire social structure.

  • Mark

    This is a very heart wrenching story. A true tragedy. My comments.

    1..UPDATE…WHITE CONSERVATIVE REPUBLICAN Governor John Kasich has reduced her felony convictions to misdemeanors and given her a “second chance”. He did this even against the recommendations of the parole board to deny her any relief.

    2..For those of you who wrote she did it for a better school…you are wrong. She admitted to the court that her only reason was that she thought her children would be safer after school, not that the 2nd school was better.

    3..Kirk Douglas above is correct…the REPUBLICAN supported “voucher” system would have allowed her to get her children to another school. Liberals, Democrats and teachers unions fight vouchers. I strongly urge everyone to elect Repubicans so that Kelly Williams-Bolar (and “Vonda” above) will get a voucher to send her children to a school of her choice.

    4..”K. Williams” above suggested that others might also be sending their children to wrong schools. Even if that is true does that justify what she is doing? If you murder and get caught, do you argue that there are murderers who have not been caught and it makes it ok for you? I fail to see how pointing to others violators (who have not been caught) somehow makes it ok for her.

    BOTTOM LINE…White Conservative Gov. Kasich came to the rescue. Conservative supported idea of “vouchers” would allow school choice.

  • Hooah

    Truth be told- this wouldnt be on this website if she werent black- what about the other races who experience day to day racism from blacks? You read it right- from Blacks- and do they get a voice? F*ck no!

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