Let's hope someone listened

Tom Jackson
Mar 23, 2010

Rufus Sanders had a fiery piece in Monday's paper about the controversy over President Obama's speech to the nation's schoolchildren. I wanted to add a couple of points to what Sanders had to say.

Sanders writes, "The issue here is that a black man is president of the United States of America. And that is still an impossible pill to swallow for so many. There. I said it. It needed to be said. The total disrespect for President Obama is really what this is all about."

I'm sure there's an element of that — if a polite, well-spoken politician like Obama can't get an opposition that's civil in its tone, who would? But I also think the controversy speaks to an element that would not consider the election of any Democrat to be legitimate. If Hillary Clinton had been elected president and tried to speak directly to schoolchildren, I'm sure there would have been controversy about that, too.

I would argue that the controversy hurt Republicans. When right-wing bloggers such as Charles Johnson and James Taranto are ridiculing their fellow Republicans, you've got a problem.

Moreover, Obama has gotten little credit for his attempt to address a serious problem.

Let's face it, the biggest problem in education today is the poor academic achievement of black students. Nothing is more important in domestic policy than figuring out a way to help more black students stay in school, get good grades and go on to college.

Who better to deliver a "study hard and stay in school" message than an educated, smart, black president? Is there a better role model available?
 

Comments

Kelly

Oh, I don't know. Maybe an educated, smart, biracial president?

4XGRCE

 

Woe to me for putting my dog in this fight (pardon the pun) though I cannot ignore the gut-wrenching sickness I felt when I read your well intended article.   The fallacy of thought here I realize, is or was not cynical, cruel or maligned with vicious intent, which is why I wasn't visiting you in person today. 

You see sir, by no stretch of the imagination would Hillary Clinton have been ridiculed, dejected and disregarded for addressing the Nation's school children.  Parents across the country were keeping their children home in order to prevent them from being "exposed" to...what...a Democrate? 

School systems, unwilling to demonstrate the basic principles of freedom, justice and dare I say loyalty, left the decisions to the parents.  At no point did I hear the President instruct all the teachers to gather up all the little black children and plop them down in front of the Tellie, so your assertion that President Obama was addressing "the poor academic achievement of black students" is flawed!  Further flawed is your notion that somehow expressing you righteous indignation over failing public policy provides a  viable catch-all, cure-all methodology.

The relative ease at which you exonerate of all culpability a failing educational system; and shift the demise of that very same system to, "the poor academic achievement of black students"  in a few key strokes, is mind-boggling but yet, it should not be.  You actually believe what you wrote and you see nothing wrong.   It is not your fault, you have been taught and indoctinated to believe that your own superiority of thought provides you some justification for these inequities.  You have my forgiveness, though you ask, "For what?"  One day you will realize or maybe someone will care enough to explain it to you.

As for President Obama, he is my President...he is OUR President!  I do not care if he is caucasian, african-american, biracial or that lovely shade of sea foam green, he deserves and commands no less respect or loyalty than any before him. 

Thanks Tom for the reality check, I see we still have a long way to go!

 

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Mime Bloggling

Well, after seeing the YouTube video of elementary school children being made to sing praises to Barack Obama I have to wonder if this is the direction the Democratic Party intends for education?

See video and follow up article here: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/...

For some who are not familiar with what took place here are some lyrics that these pre-school and elementary kids were made to learn:

"One song that the children were taught quotes directly from the spiritual "Jesus Loves the Little Children," though Jesus' name is replaced with Obama's: "He said red, yellow, black or white/All are equal in his sight. Barack Hussein Obama."

It's easy to understand why some people choose private education and homeschooling after seeing this fiasco.

I think of Chairman Mao Tse-tun the vile dictator of China who indoctrinated legions of school children by forced chanting of his name. What was this so-called educator thinking??

Oh, I am sure there is some racial element to people's view of President Obama. You'll always have that on both sides I might add. I could care less what color our elected officials are. I voted for Alan Keyes in the 2000 presidential primary. What motivates me and where my votes go is to the candidate who shares my values on important national policies and issues. The problem the Democratic Party has for me today is that most of the candidates they run (on the national level) are way too left of center. The Democratic Right needs to take back their party (at least to the Center) if they want to see more people switch over. I didn't vote for Barack Obama...not because of the color of his skin...but because his ideology and policies are too liberal...too collectivist...too socialist for my liking.

Mr. Sanders has a right to his opinion(and probably makes a nice living at it to boot) but could he possibly (dare I say it?) have a racist bias himself? "There I said it"....is it possible for a black man/woman to have racist ideologies also? I have experienced it first hand, it's real and thankfully not prevalent and I am NOT trying in any way to minimize the suffering of those who since this country was founded suffered under slavery, Jim Crow and worse.  Rufus's brush cuts a pretty big swath when it comes to white people. Every time one turns around in this country if someone disagrees with the President one is reviled as a "racist". Opposition to policy is not necessarily racist...it's what it is...opposition. I think we've come a long way when it comes to racism after all we have elected our first black president...well to be more correct he is our first bi-racial president (as far as I know) an even more challenging aspect as far as racial divides. We all stumble over race at times in fear of  not being politically correct....and quite frankly it's articles like the one above that raises the fever to this disease/sin called hate. Even our president stumbled not long ago when he unthinkingly called the Cambridge police "stupid" before ever checking out the facts of the matter. No beer for me...glass of V-8 juice anyone?