Los Alamitos made headlines in April of this year when Mayor Dean Grose sent an email to Keyanus Price with a picture of the White House lawn sprouting watermelons and the tag line “No Easter egg hunt this year.” Evidently, Mayor Grose considered it to be a big joke, but for the fact that Ms. Price is black. (Ref: why watermelons are racist)
Ultimately, Mayor Grose resigned as mayor, saying that the controversy would make it difficult to lead the city.
Now the Los Alamitos School District has declined to carry our President’s speech to schools live tomorrow, but will instead “review the speech and make a determination regarding its appropriate use at a later time”. It would appear that Mr. Grose was quite effective in his leadership. Yes, Los Alamitos is a deeply Republican district, spawning national government leaders like Christopher Cox , former Chairman of the SEC whose oversight gave us Bernie Madoff, and a near-total market meltdown this time last year.
Here is the text of the President’s speech. It says terrible things like:
And even when you’re struggling, even when you’re discouraged, and you feel like other people have given up on you – don’t ever give up on yourself. Because when you give up on yourself, you give up on your country.
It’s the story of students who sat where you sit 250 years ago, and went on to wage a revolution and found this nation. Students who sat where you sit 75 years ago who overcame a Depression and won a world war; who fought for civil rights and put a man on the moon. Students who sat where you sit 20 years ago who founded Google, Twitter and Facebook and changed the way we communicate with each other.
You’ll find a dozen blog posts like this one, comparing and contrasting what President Obama will say with what President George HW Bush said in 1991. At the end of Mr. Bush’s speech, he called for students to write him a letter about ways students could “help us achieve our goals.” Taken out of context, it could be construed to refer to Republican goals, but in context, it was a call for students to think about education goals: graduation rates, reading and math competencies, overcoming obstacles to getting a good education. You know, those goals all of us want our kids in school to attain. What American citizen in their right mind doesn’t?
This isn’t partisan. It isn’t political. Oh, the Republicans will stand and posture and bluster about how our elected President is ‘indoctrinating’ our children by speaking to them, as if it is somehow a bad thing for the elected leader of our country to stand for goal-setting, hard work, patriotism, Mom, and apple pie, but really, it’s not partisan and it’s not political, and it shouldn’t have even made a blip on the radar screen, but for the zillions of weeping white mothers out there prostrate with grief that their children might have to watch a black guy on TV who is articulate, inspiring, and leads by example.
Watch the video of that woman weeping. Watch her husband. He’s grinning like a cheshire cat. Here’s a still capture. I don’t know if his grin comes from knowing they’re being interviewed by CNN, or he’s just bemused that his wife looks like a blonde weepy unhooded Klan member.
I could call them hypocrites, but that’s not news. Every day we’re barraged with hypocrisy coming from various groups around the country. The irrationality is obvious, too. No need to point that out.
Let’s just call this group of incredibly negative, fearful, intellectually dishonest people what they are: Racist Republican Fundamentalist fools. Hey, this is a free country and they get to be fools, racists and Republicans. I just want it to be clear that in the case of Los Alamitos, there’s a history of casual racism, racism so deeply ingrained into these folks they don’t even realize they are. They just are.
True indoctrination is sending a message to kids that it’s perfectly all right to disrespect the office of the President of the United States, especially when that man is black. True intellectual dishonesty is convincing oneself that a message of hard work, goal-setting, and overcoming adversity is a bad, evil message unless it is delivered via a white messenger with a Texas accent.
I wonder if graduating African-American seniors in LASD receive diplomas with burning crosses embossed on them.
At least BlogHer’s Dana Loesch can claim ownership for making this a national effort along with FreedomWorks and her teaparty partners. For that, she should receive a special white hood made of the finest cotton.
Update: Laura Bush has spoken in defense of the President’s speech. Good. She should. We all should.
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