What’s Wrong with Being Black and Republican?

imgresI recently read the following article, I’m Young, African American, Female…and Republican, and  interestingly, the title alone created more traffic than your local highway at 5pm sharp! What’s more, at the  time that I wrote this posting, there were well over 400 comments made and I am willing to bet that that  number will increase.  What is so exciting, or should I say unexciting about an African American  identifying with the Republican party?

More specifically where does the wrong doing come in? I am  interested in hearing the people’s voice on this one. What am I missing? Leave your thoughts.

When Freedom of Speech Comes with a Price

2013 was an interesting year for educators, to say the least. Left and right, teachers have been making the headlines for the things that they have been communicating, directly and indirectly, to their students. Many parents are infuriated, students are confused, and teachers are losing their jobs, all because they freely shared their personal thoughts and ideas.

Which is worse:
1. A teacher telling an African American student that “we don’t need another Black president?”
2. A teacher telling young students that Santa Clause doesn’t exist?
3. A teacher telling kids that there is no God, it is just a myth?

When does freedom of speech reach a limit, if ever at all? The great debate is as educators, do teachers have the right to share their own thoughts and ideas with their students, even when their thoughts oppose the beliefs of the children and their families? What do you think?

When is Social Justice Worthy Enough to Cancel Class?

What resonates with you more; continuing classes and ignoring what some will argue to be an imperative social justice fight for all, or canceling class and encouraging students to partake in the protesting activities? As noted above in the Hot Topics section, the contrasting arguments can be found in these two articles: Why I’m Not Canceling Class and, Open Letter Response to the Message from Socially Unconscious UC Berkeley Professor. Check it out and leave your thoughts on our Blog Spot.

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Give Halloween Back – to the Kids

Dear Adults –

Please give Halloween back to the children. If you and/or your adult peers are hosting a friendly costume party in the privacy of some establishment, so be it, but until then, please stop wearing your naughty nurse outfits that expose your breasts and buttocks or your ridiculous man-child costumes when your hairy and quite scary looking legs are revealed, if you are out and about with your or other peoples’ children.

It becomes a sad Halloween when the toddlers spend more time looking at adult bodies than asking for candy. It is a sadder Halloween when I, as a parent, have to explain why the lady’s dress was so tight that she looked virtually naked. Why did I see a young boy, no more than 6 years old wrapped as a cigarette box? What is the message being sent to the young boy and all of the children who encounter him?

Adults, we have to stop being selfish. Do your own thing on your own time. Let the kids experience Halloween without being exposed to perceivable soft porn characters.

I am sure there will be a few adults who will suggest that I keep my kids in the house if I want to shelter them from the realities of Halloween, but isn’t it always easier to say and do what’s wrong, even when we know it’s wrong?

Thoughts?

Harmless Fun or Blatant Ignorance

Last year, during the month of October, I posted a blog about the detrimental effects of Halloween costumes that depict stereotypes. Given the fact that Halloween quickly approaches, I wanted to reintroduce the article with hopes to be proactive versus reactive to a group of upset students, communities, and others.

I highly encourage that you revisit the article: We’re a Culture, Not a Costume, to gather a better understanding for some of the thoughts and emotions that were triggered by this discussion, just under a year ago.  In the previous blog I posed the following questions:

  1. What is your take on Halloween costumes that depict ethnic, religious or any other individual/group with negative connotation? Should they be banned or accepted?
  2. Who is really to blame; is it the people who decided to wear the costumes, the companies that manufacture them, or the businesses that sell them?

Do you dare share your thoughts?