Friday, September 4, 2009

The south embarrasses me once again...

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So, you may have heard that on September 8th, the President will be doing a webcast about persisting and succeeding in school. It will be, at most, 20 minutes long. The speech will be available before hand for parents to read. But, in true Louisiana fashion, the school board of Lafayette Parish will be excusing children from it whose parents do not want them to view it. There are parents who plan to pull their children out of school for the entire day. There are parents likening Obama to Hitler now, and claim that this is his way to brain wash children. Brain wash them into what, doing well in school?! I get it, a lot of people don't like Obama. But it's time to get over it, he's the president. That's what everyone told me anytime I said ONE word against Bush, "He's the president, you better love him and support every single thing he does without question." Obviously I don't think people should not question this president, but if you want to claim all these sorts of things about a speech you have not heard/read yet, you're a moron. Come on people. Last night at roller derby practice one girl told me that someone she knew on Facebook, I think it was Facebook, said Obama is going to be asking kids to tattle on their parents for going to church. WHAT?! She couldn't believe it either. It just makes me incredibly sad, because this is the place where kids need education the most, and this is how their parents react. And people down here wonder why they are viewed as ignorant and stupid and "backwoods". Congrats, you just gave everyone another reason.

10 comments:

Shinade aka Jackie said...

I was just talking about this very same thing with my daughter last night.

My goodness when I was in school we always went to the cafeteria, library, or main assembly to listen to the President.

I am baffled why so many think this something new.

President Reagan and both President Bush and senior also did this.

I too am baffled. I would hate to think it is pure prejudice. But, I was raised in the south and I know it is still alive and well!

Kudos to you for speaking out!!
Jackie

Unlikely Oilfield Wife said...

Thanks Shinade. I don't want to think it's pure prejudice either. I don't want to believe that there are this many people in this country who are still so backwards, but the sad truth is that race is playing a big part in all of this. They just hate him so much, anything he says or does, regardless if they may even agree with it, they hate it. It must be a really sad way to live. I'm no angel, when W was in office, I was no fan AT ALL, but if I had kids and he was going to give a talk about education, they would be going to school to hear it. It just makes me really, really sad.

Kate Burton said...

I'm in North Carolina and sharing your shame. I am disgusted that my kids school is allowing kids to opt out of an address by the President. What message do you think that sends?

Natalie said...

I couldn't agree more. I think so many people are doing their children a disservice by making them hate the president. You don't have to agree with him to respect the office. He's not spewing political agenda at the children...he's trying to spark a fire in them to value education. Heaven forbid we let our youth be educated. Gah!!!

I was given so much flack when I said anything negative about Bush...but seriously, the rightys have taken things too far. They're now promoting ignorance...gah!

Just Being Me said...

This entire thing has me in awe! I am not a super political person. I know what I believe and what I feel strongly about. I didn't vote this year - we were moving and didn't have the time in the day to stind in line. But our vote, both my husband and myself, would have been for Obama. .....I was a Bush supporter as well, so I don't really know what catagory I fit in. Anyways, I am really a little freaked out by how big of a deal this is becoming! Someone on my FB wrote that if her kids were in school she'd pull them out. And as a teacher (which she is)if she had to play the speech for her kids she'd be absent!

The way I look at it, he is our President. Love him or hate him. And since when is a speech from the president to our children bringing politics into our schools. Our whole life is a political issue. If they want to boycott a speech from him encouraging our children to do well in school BECAUSE it is Obama, I am really afraid for our kid's futures!!

Feels nice to get that off my chest!

The Bee said...

Wow, this is actually the first of heard of this webcast. It totally doesn;t surprise me that people are freaking out about it. There are still plenty of people trying to claim that he is the anti-christ. Ridiculous. I completely agree with you on this one.

Kerree said...

Sounds like everyone is getting a little excited about rumour and inneundo. I would rather hear a president speak about children being successful than listen to my prime minister (I'm in Australia) give his opinion on the latest Britney scandal. Our Prime Minister seems to think he's a celebrity of some sorts.
We are just getting involved in roller derby over here. It looks interesting. I'd be interested to hear more. :)

Ann said...

I've never been very big on politics but I see and hear enough to know that it's a shame that no matter who is in office they are not going to get the support that presidents from a distant past received

Cherie said...

I completely agree with you. I live up north in CT and there are quite a few people who are upset about this around here as well. Many of the school districts are opting not to show the speech because of upset parents. I think it's very sad. I was not a Bush supporter, but I would have supported his giving a speech to the children as well...

Buggys said...

People are perpetuating their prejudice as well as their ignorance. If they really don't agree with our President on his policies (mind you I bet many of these people voted for him) then don't vote for him 3 years from now. Grow up and teach your children to think for themselves.