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Wednesday, November 5, 2008
Children Learn to be Racists from their Parents
You know, it's a really bad day in American when a 16 year old is harassed at school because Barack Obama was voted the new President-elect!
My daughter has been following this election closely for the past year. She has done almost as much research as I have on each candidate. We have family discussions at home and we try to see boths sides of every arguement.
But the verbal harassment at school is getting beyond belief and bordering on abusive.
Two weeks ago, several classmates were verbalizing out loud that Obama would end up being assassinated if he was elected. Do parents really talk about these things with their children? When my daughter stated she was more worried about McCain dying in office than Obama being assassinated, her teacher made her stand up in front of the class and tell why she wasn't for McCain. She looked straight at the teacher and said, "You give me a reason why I should be for McCain." Then she proceeded to recite Obama's blueprint for change.
Last week, there was a "Mock" election at school, and McCain ended up the winner. The same people who have been harassing my daughter became even more verbally abusive - my daughter came home crying.
Today was like the straw that broke the camel's back - she wants to skip the last year and a half of school and go straight to college because she is tried of dealing with the "unknowledgeable rednecks" at school.
It's a shame that a great country like America can't celebrate in the election of a new President. Why do some people have to always tear others down?? I feel sorry for these children because of the racist attitudes they are learning from their parents.
I've told my daughter to be humble but to hold her head up high - she will end up being one of the people to help turn this country around. And for that, I am so very proud of her!
I am a married mother of 3 grown daughters and I have 2 granddaughters and 1 grandson. I currently have a gardening column in the Sunday's Advocate Messenger and I freelance for Kentucky Monthly magazine and Examiner.com.