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Re: pledge of allegiance/add on to Madafo


Date: Sun Jul 28 2002 - 18:12:01 PDT

I personally find it difficult sometimes to understand my black students I
don't think it's because I'm prejudiced, but because I did not grow up
knowing black people. My first esperience in having black classmates came
when I was in the 6th grade. Up till then, the only black person I had met
was the lady who came in to help my mother keep house. I still remember my
parents saying to me when the schools in my hometown became integrated was "
Be nice to them, but don't bring them home." Of course, I set out to make
the only black girl in my class my friend. I still remember her.
I had a few black friends in college, in fact I have a painting I did of one
of them. My neighbors are black and are very nice. My husband won't let me
make friends with them though because he does not like black people. Which is
surprising because he's from Thailand and has run into prejudice.
I try to stay open minded and bring in arts and artists that would appeal to
my black students as well as the other natioinalities in my school.
I don't have many black students in my school because of the area which is
white upper class. I would like to try and understand them better. I do feel
have the same expectations for all my students, regarless of race. I'm not
going to change what I expect of my students just because of the color of
their skin. I feel that everyone makes their own opportunities and it can be
a crutch to say I didn't get so and so because of my race. Although that can
be true, it should make a person try harder. I've never felt I couldn't do
something because I'm a women and in fact, I've done pretty much everything
I've ever wanted to do.
We are one of the few countries in the world that offer free education to
every child. What a person makes of their opportunities is up to them. Janet