LA Times – In a letter addressed to parents and community members, a South Los Angeles elementary school principal apologized Thursday for “questionable decisions” about which prominent African Americans to highlight in a parade marking the culmination of Black History Month.
Lorraine Abner’s letter did not name the individuals. But her apology came after three teachers at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School were suspended while the Los Angeles Unified School District investigates allegations that they had their first-, second- and fourth-grade students carry pictures of O.J. Simpson, Dennis Rodman and RuPaul at last Friday’s event.
“Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African American role models,” the letter said. “As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment.”
I don’t know about you, but for me Black History is Black History. If we remove one part of it, we are not telling the whole story. It is the whole story that makes history. We as African-Americans have had to fight to have our history included. Now it would be a little hypocritical for us to start excluding people. To now start removing people or making apologies is unacceptable.
RuPaul represents a portion of our community. We can’t celebrate our LGBTQ brothers and sisters? There was a time in history before the trial and acquittal when O.J Simpson was a hero. You remember those commercials. Dennis Rodman was one hell of a basketball player. I think that Michael Jordan could give you a list of reasons why he should not be discarded.
I’d also like to note that the tale of O.J is not equal to the stories of Rodman and Rupaul. Come on, people. LA, I thought you guys were more progressive than this. Oh no, I forgot…Prop 8. Ok, but yall do like basketball so Rodman is ok, right. Oh no, Yall only like the Lakers! SMH
What is up with White female teachers and these little boys? Almost every year some white female teacher suduces some little boy and it’s all over the news. However, the stigma and the resulting sentencing is never equal to when men do the same. These women are just as bad as the guys I see on “To Catch a Predator” and coverage of Catholic Priest Scandals all over the country. These women even seem to get off easier than 18 and 19 year olds who have consensual sex with other teens. I’m sorry but, I don’t see this happening every year with black female teachers It’s a terrible double standard.
Here’s the latest in a long, running trend…
From CNN.com | Authorities searched Thursday for a 13-year-old boy and a female middle school teacher believed to be on the run from central Nebraska after police began investigating whether the pair had an intimate relationship.
Kelsey Peterson, 25, a sixth-grade math teacher and basketball coach at Lexington Middle School, was placed on administrative leave last week. A judge issued an arrest warrant Monday charging her with kidnapping, child abuse and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Continue reading
HOUSTON – The city’s school system has fired a police officer for creating and distributing a “Ghetto Handbook.” The eight-page booklet, handed out to other police officers at a May roll call, said the definitions it contained would allow readers to speak as if they “just came out of the hood.” It was subtitled “Wucha dun did now?”Gang investigator Roby Morris, 34, had worked for 11 years at the Houston Independent School District before being fired this past week, according to an investigation report released Friday. He had been on paid leave since August. “This incident represents an egregious violation of our standards of conduct and decency,” said school district spokesman Terry Abbott.
Morris told investigators he made the booklet to get back at one of his bosses. He also pointed out he is married to a black woman and that they have three children together, according to the report. Morris could not immediately be reached for comment Saturday.
This must be terrible, just terrible for Oprah who is a sexual abuse survivor herself. My heart goes out to her and those involved.
:: Her school was hit two weeks ago with allegations of fondling and physical abuse. The school’s principal – indentified only as Dr Mzimane – and at least one other matron were put on administrative leave following the charges, News24.com, the South Africa’s No. 1 news site reported.
“I trusted [Dr. Mzimane],” the station quoted Oprah as telling parents.
“But, I’ve been disappointed,” she said.
“It’s not your fault. We don’t blame you.,” a father was quoted as saying.
“You have more passion for the school and its existence than anyone else in this country, including us parents.”
The talk-show host reportedly gave students her personal phone number and email address if they needed to contact her again, the station reported. ::
More on the story from the NY Post