posted on Nov, 16 2008 @ 11:46 PM
Wow, this is one crazy issue and one crazy thread. There are a few things I would like to say here.
First, I am one of Obama's biggest fans.
Second, this teacher's assignment was clearly bias. She should have never essentially forced her students to agree with her political beliefs in an
assignment. At the very least, the assignment should have been to "list Obama's merits and his liabilities or downsides." That way, whether you
agree with Obama or not, you have the ability to express your views in a educated way.
Third, if the event occurred the way the news report indicated, the teacher in charge of this class, and I emphasize the words "in charge of,"
should be fired or severely reprimanded. This "debate" should have never been allowed to elevated to the levels indicated in the story. It is the
teacher's responsibility to ensure that everyone's beliefs, whether agreed with or not, be allowed to be expressed. Discussions are fine, even
great, intimidation, bickering, cussing are not.
Fourth, I work with and live around many African Americans and have not seen any of the responses from them that have been mentioned in this thread.
I mention this because I believe these are isolated incidents and definitely not the norm in America. Maybe I am wrong and I am the one who lives in
a society that is not representative of the norm, but I doubt it.
Lastly, any African American who chooses to act this way is only harming Obama and his image and should be ashamed. This is exactly what the teacher
should have said...Period.
I expect that these incidents and others like it will become less prevalent and less of an issue in the months to come.