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"My son is not a racist," she told the Omaha World-Herald. "He has black friends, friends from Bangladesh and Egypt. Color has never been an issue in our home."
"It was a very innocent thing," she said.
Two of her son's friends were disciplined along with him, she said. A fourth student was punished for circulating a petition Tuesday criticizing the practice of recognizing only black student achievement with the award, she said.
Tylena Martin, a junior, said the poster had been on the door to her homeroom class where she is the only black student. She said she felt hurt by the posters and the backlash that ensued.
Originally posted by THENEO
Why do they need their own awards anyways? They are not competitive with the rest of students?
Originally posted by thebeagle
sorry, got it wrong, black student achievement
Originally posted by jezebel
It supports the idea that blacks and whites are different and unequal.
Originally posted by mOjOm
As far as "African American" goes. Personally, I think it's nonsense. If you're American you're simply American. If someone is born in America and becomes a African citizen are they "American African"? If you're born in Africa and that is your Geographical origin then you're African, whether your white, black, or whatever. Your skin color doesn't establish geographical citizenship or origin of birth.
Originally posted by BlackJackal
I have noticed a few things here. Blacks want to be called African Americans but want to exclude anyone with white skin that may have African Descent.
A boy got in trouble for circulating a petition. What is the hell is wrong with that?
I don't see the point in making a conditional awards system based on color either. To me that seems just as Racist.
Originally posted by tweeker
Is there a asian american achievement award? (Yes, and scholarships) a latin american achievement award? (Yes, and scholarships) or dare I say a white achievement award? (Yes, it's called 'small business loans' the others can't get and 'being President' if you don't need a loan in the first place) my god I am so tired of this garbage...
But when a crime is reported on the news, if a white guy did it then in the description they say "male", yet if a black man did it they say "black male". Why don't they just say male for both? Or why don't they refer to them as a white male? Isn't that making us different from you? You're just a male unless you ain't white, then you're a special breed of male."