Last year, we brought you the story of state Rep. Graig Meyer of Orange County who professed to being ashamed of his “whiteness.’‘ That post even caught the eye of The Great One, El Rushbo.
Now, we’ve apparently found a kindred spirit for ol’ Graig on the faculty of something called The Durham Performance Learning Center:
A student was finishing an assignment that required him to analyze speeches from Malcolm X and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr when he asked me a question about race. I answered honestly.
As we discussed more, I heard sidebar conversations across the room begin to die down. Within two minutes, six students of various races moved to the table, and the result was an open, honest and mature forum on racial relations in America.
Several students expressed anger, some an alarming feeling of helplessness, but many just asked questions, and being the only white person in the room, I was asked many.
In the wake of ever-growing racial tensions, I seldom speak on racial issues publicly, but it is not because I don’t see race as an issue. I’m not so ignorant to say “I don’t see color” – because to say so means I would not see culture, I would not see history and I would not see the continued, writhing underbelly of an institution that is no longer separate but still not equal.[…]
Gosh, I wonder which Malcolm X speeches she assigned? “Ballot or The Bullet”? Or this one where he ponders the formation of a black nationalist army or political party? Or this very pleasant homily entitled “By any means necessary”?
*Oof.* THIS PERSON (and a lot of people just like her) is teaching your kids, people. But wait, it gets, um, *better*:
[…] “How do you feel, being white, in America?” A few years ago, I would have responded with the notion that people, regardless of race, have the capacity to do good and evil, and that it is unfortunate that a few examples of notoriety have become the stereotypes for various racial groups. I can’t say that anymore. I can’t look at Detroit, Flint or Durham and say that. I can’t work in public education and say that. I can’t look at the glaring facts and say that.
There are good and bad people everywhere, this is true, but a few good, even a 100,000 good, do not and cannot make up for the systematic racial problems across a nation. […]
Aah, Obama’s post-racial America on display. MORE:
[…] How do I feel, being white, in America? I’ll tell you what I told my students: It’s not guilt. I know myself enough to understand that though I am a part of it, I did not cause this. It is, however, an overwhelming sense of sadness. I hate that I did not do enough to change the world for them, and I hate even more that they have to live in it.
It hurts me that we will continue to hurt one another, and I hate that people will choose to be ignorant and that others will continue to perpetuate hatred.
I’m saddened because I see the future in them, and I don’t want them to stop seeing the future when they’re discriminated against, and I’m sad because I know they will be.
I hate that the world was not at that table this afternoon and couldn’t hear the honest, open dialogue between a few high school students who haven’t spoken to each other until today. This is how I feel as a “white person,” but as a teacher, I feel like regardless of all of this I will be behind them, and their ambitions, till the end.
This afternoon we continued to talk, we continued to learn, we all cried and we all embraced.
Soooo — no reading, writing, or ‘rithmetic (or the almighty STEM) that day, huh?
We on the right are frequently labeled as ‘racists.’ Ever notice how it’s the Bernie & Hillary & Obama – voting crowd that is always shoving race in your face? They DO IT to keep folks distracted from the fact that their big government promises have seriously failed to deliver. (*It’s not the social services department letting you down! It’s the white man.*)
Feeling profound sadness about your skin pigmentation sounds a lot like mental illness — not legitimate public school curriculum.