What can be said about this except for the obvious sadness in the headline. Despite whatever advance we may as a country have made education in this country is still more about warehousing than education and is still parceled out according to wealth and status.
I wish schools were different but they are not and never will be. Young minority children need more than rappers and bas
ketballers to look up to, and when the schools themselves segreate quality and class sizes according to ethnicity and wealth and status, it’s ultimately the same as it was fifty years ago if not worse. (Then you could take electives such as shop class, auto mechanics, music, art. Now most schools no longer have these classes.)
It’s just a damn depressing headline that doesn’t surprise me, but is just a sad reminder of where we really are in this country.
I don’t think John King meant ill will or malice but said this out of ignorance…He seemed to be aware that what he was stating was racist and vague but nonetheless felt inspired to let it out. But that’s how you know where people stand I suppose. Even if a suspect had been identified and that suspect had a dark complexion, stating that a potential suspect has “dark skin” is like stating the suspect is a mail living in the country. It’s neither informative or helpful in any way – just a broad generalization with a stinging slap of discrimination added to it to add salt to the open wound.
And here’s a link to Gwen Ifills’s observation that it was racist, via her Twitter page:
And good for Al Sharpton for standing up in the video clip below. That being said, what does it say about America and Boston that the first suggestions of a suspect are that they are male, “dark skinned” and now that apparently Arab-Americans are being targeted as well.
Racism, sadly, is alive and kicking in all its fearful and hateful glory.
Interesting but not necessarily surprising video news item here.
According to this video the French don’t like Jews. Or at least that’s how more and more Jews are taking things in France….
Yellow badge Star of David called “Judenstern”. Part of the exhibition in the Jewish Museum Westphalia, Dorsten, Germany. The wording is the German word for Jew (Jude), written in mock-Hebrew script. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
My questions to the French would be if there is no antisemitism in your country why is there a rising wave of antisemitic attacks that the government does not seem capable of counter-balancing? Where is the increasing hostility coming from and why? If it’s “not a problem,” why the mass exodus? I’d like to hear from those “in the know” about French culture, but it this does resemble what happened in pre-World War II French.