by RVA Report
If it walks like a duck and it looks like a duck, it must be a duck. And as of the next Richmond School Board meeting, the panel’s resident quack will be labeled accordingly.
The district has already ordered a new nameplate for beleaguered 6th District representative Shonda Harris-Muhammed, whose alleged doctorate degree from Walden University appears to be just that, an allegation.
The new plaque, schools officials confirm, will not include Harris-Muhammed’s apparently self-assumed honorary title.
School Board Chairman Jeff Bourne says that the new plaque, which will take its place on the riser in the school board’s 17th floor meeting room at City Hall, already has been ordered.
Much like Harris-Muhammed’s recent claim that her seat on school board is by divine ordination, the new title-less plaque now seems similarly ordained. Bourne says the change becomes official if his colleague is unable to produce documented proof of her degree by next Monday.
“Anything that’s official, I told her if you can’t show us by next Monday it’s going to change,” Bourne says.
Meanwhile, with not much paper to back her up and WTVR’s report that Walden officials have denied her claim of having completed the degree, Harris-Muhammed continues to claim the doctorate degree is hers and that the original WTVR story last week calling it into question was nothing more than a personal attack.
“Under no circumstance will God allow anyone — anyone to destroy me without his permission,” Harris-Muhammed hissed during an awkward, tearful and seemingly endless diatribe delivered during Monday night’s School Board work session.
Her words — declaring God’s hand of protection on the same day that three people died and another 170 were injured, some gravely, in Boston — may seem a bit overwrought and self-agrandizing. But perhaps not:
“God made the idiot for practice, then he made the School Board,” wrote Mark Twain, the great American author and sage. At Harris-Muhammed’s own insistence, and bolstered by Twain’s plain reckoning, perhaps it’s best not to question wither God ordained Harris-Muhammed’s place of honor among those thusly enthroned.