Thursday, May 6

All I know is that no one is better than anyone else, and everyone is the best at everything.

http://www.annarbor.com/news/black-student-only-field-trip-sparks-controversy-at-ann-arbor-elementary-school/

This pretty much speaks for it itself. That it happened is not particularly surprising, but it is dissapointing that the principal is not required to back track or apologize, but actually defends his position by saying it was good for the black kids. Really? So it wouldn't have been good for any of the other kids. I think we can all imagine what would be said if the situation were reversed, except that we can't because it's so unimaginable it could never happen and if it did it would be so roundly critisized the principal would have to resign. How about if we took all the white kids to see a white basketball player to show them that yes white people can be basketball stars too.

Too some extent i can understand that theory of having black kids meet with a successful black intellectual to demonstrate that they can get ahead with their brains, and not just with athletics, and i can even understand in theory talking to them about the extra obstacles minorities have to go through, but if that's the goal why were other minorities excluded? What possible justification is their to not bring the muslim girl or any other minorities (the article doesn't specify and others.) And how could it possibly harm the white kids to meet a black rocket scientist, if nothing else it would help instill in them from a young age the message that blacks can be everything whites can be, isn't that something we want?

Also their can be no doubt that when the principal heard kids booing the black students returning he went and yelled at them. Their can be no doubt because of the transparancy of the spokewoman's comment “He wasn’t yelling at them. He was very passionate about it,” Margolis said. Clearly you don't even bring it up if he wasn't yelling. Very passionate? yeah right. So the principal makes a terrible decision and takes only black kids on this field trip. When they return the kids get booed (as would any group that got to go when nobody else did.) Then the principal hears the kids booing the returning black kids, and decides to go berate them. Well done. And he is not even required to issue a real apology or admit he did anything wrong.

If you want to do something like this it should be done afterschool with the children of parents who want their children to participate (regardless of race.) If you insist on doing it during school, and segregating the students you need to have a seperate assembly or something for the other students. You can't possibly think kids are going to accept that they all have to do school work, but all the black kids get to go on a field trip, you are just asking for racial animosity.

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I don't see how it's anything less than simple segregation.

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