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Wednesday, January 15, 2003
 
11:18 PM

Whenver I read stuff like this:

The candidate, who grew up in segregated Midland, Texas, appeared acutely aware of the legacy of racism and its continued existence in America.

I'm pretty sure the author isn't thinking of this:

Being a white teacher in a mostly black school unquestionably hindered my ability to teach. Certain students hurled racial slurs with impunity; several of their parents intimated to my colleagues that they didn’t think a white teacher had any business teaching their children—and a number of my colleagues agreed. One parent who was also a teacher’s aide threatened to “kick my white ass” in front of my class and received no punishment from the principal, beyond being told to stay out of my classroom. The failure of the principal, parents, and teachers to react more decisively to racist disrespect emboldened students to behave worse.

The first link is to the Washington Post's Terry Neal. The second is to City Journal's Joshua Klapowitz. Who adds:

Such poisonous bigotry directed at a black teacher at a mostly white school would of course have created a federal case.





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