Today’s Nattering Nabobs of Negativism Award: Los Alamitos School District

by Karoli on September 7, 2009 · 16 comments

racist white house watermelon imageLos 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.

and this:

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.

{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

1 2healthguru September 7, 2009 at 1:08 pm

How about them boobs in Collin County Texas, dba the 'Plano ISD'; nixing Obama's speech? I mean, really now what a stretch!

I put my kids through PISD from Gullege elementary to Plano West Senior High; some of them are nothing but brain dead ideologs, and culture war mercenaries. Never missing a beat to resurrect 'the crusades 2.0.'

2 Chris September 7, 2009 at 1:10 pm

Whether race is the real issue or not, I can't say. I hope not. But, what I do think is that the uproar that has been seen in the last few days has been utterly ridiculous! It makes me angry. After reading the speech, I feel that it is a good speech with a good message. I hope kids listen to it and keep what he says in mind. Most importantly, I hope that kids are given the opportunity to hear it.

3 Karoli September 7, 2009 at 1:38 pm

You know, even if it were a crummy speech I'd require my kids to watch it. The man is the duly elected PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES. He deserves respect whether or not one agrees with his politics. If anyone wants to fingerpoint about undermining the strength of our country, let's start with these nutcakes who think it's perfectly okay to tell their children they can thumb their noses at what he has to say. When Reagan spoke, my oldest was in school. He was in private school, ironically, but I made him watch the speech with me anyway, because I wanted the opportunity to encourage him to work hard in school and make something of himself.

4 Karoli September 7, 2009 at 1:40 pm

The Republicans avoided the culture wars like the plague in last year's campaign until Sarah Palin became the standard-bearer last fall. Sure paid off for 'em, didn't it? Seems to be paying off now in terms of further undermining their party. I would have left this alone, but for the fact that it involves kids, education, and race — three intersecting areas that I'm passionate about.

5 connie111 September 7, 2009 at 2:15 pm

I really want to write a comment here. But for the first time in my entire cyber career, I am speechless after watching that video and reading this article.. What is with these people? Keep their kids home from school rather than have them watch a speech given by the President of the United States? Are they crazy?


6 Karoli September 7, 2009 at 2:21 pm

Hey Connie,

In a word, yes. They are playing with very dangerous fire, too.

7 lelawilley September 7, 2009 at 2:47 pm

They would much rather hear an inarticulate white guy. It is “scary” to them that a black person has so much power. They have demonized and painted this caricature of the black person and he flies in the face of that. They don't want their children to be “confused” by what they see; especially since it directly contradicts what they have told them for so many years.

As a former teacher, I often had my days interrupted for some politician who wanted to come in and hand out something then make a “few remarks.” Nothing was said by the administration nor parents.

Hope we get back to a place with this President where the office is respected. Disagree if you must but be civil and have respect for the PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES no matter what color his/her skin, religion, or cultural diversity. I know too naive; but I'd rather be that way than so filled with hate.

8 Karoli September 7, 2009 at 3:43 pm

Absolutely. Me too. It is beyond comprehension that they want to fill their children's heads with hate and hardened partisanship. I also predict a backfire at some point, when some of those same kids turn out to be gay, or worse yet, liberal.

9 Stephanie Himel-Nelson September 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm

Thank you, Karoli, for calling a spade a spade!

10 ursulas September 8, 2009 at 6:40 am

Once again, rich white man leads the racism! How do we shut down Rupert Murdoch?

11 ursulas September 8, 2009 at 7:40 am

Once again, rich white man leads the racism! How do we shut down Rupert Murdoch?

12 ursulas September 8, 2009 at 7:44 am

Or I should have posted “the rich white man leads uses the tea-bagging peasants” to do his bidding.

13 ursulas September 8, 2009 at 1:44 pm

Or I should have posted “the rich white man leads uses the tea-bagging peasants” to do his bidding.

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