Everyone line up for the field trip; except the white kids. Wait; what?

Field trip for black students sparks controversy at Ann Arbor elementary school

An Ann Arbor elementary school principal used a letter home to parents tonight to defend a field trip for black students as part of his school’s efforts to close the achievement gap between white and black students.

To show just how ridiculous this was all one has to do is reverse the races. If that had been the case this incident would have been plastered all over the news for the next month. People would have been fired and law suits would be pending. It would have been decried for the racist stunt that it was.

But, of course, since it was the "smarter" and "higher performing" white children that were denied the opportunity to hear a rocket engineer speak no one seems to care. What kind of diseased logic possessed this principle? In what way is the principle in this school trying to close the achievement gap; by denying the white students opportunities that would enrich their lives?

How about this: Bring the lower achievers up to the level of the upper achievers instead of the other way around.

The article continues:

“In hindsight, this field trip could have been approached and arranged in a better way," Madison wrote. "But as I reflect upon the look of excitement, enthusiasm and energy that I saw in these children’s eyes as they stood in the presence of a renowned African American rocket scientist in a very successful position, it gave the kids an opportunity to see this type of achievement is possible for even them.

That is ludicrous. Excitement and enthusiasm are apparently limited to the black students in this school.  "...this kind of achievement is possible even for them"? Of course it is. That is unless you have a principle who thinks so little of your abilities. The only thing limiting the achievement of children, black white or other, in this country is the morons running the school system. The system has taught minority children that less is expected of them; that they must have help along the way in order to succeed. That is just plan bull.

Black children are brimming with untapped potential. The opportunities for success are there within them. What is hindering these children are the limits imposed upon them by a society that sees racism and bias at every turn. Unless the fact has escaped this moronic administrator we have a black President. What more proof does he need that anything is possible; every opportunity available.

Treat each of these children the same. Give them the same opportunities and expect from them the same levels of performance; they will succeed. Handicap them with this kind of racist drivel and they will fail. When they do it will be the systems fault for lowering the bar.

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  1. We might add that exposing white kids to the work of a reknowned African American scientist might well have other beneficial social effects, and so in general I agree that everyone should have participated in this field trip.

    That said, I think the principal's intent probably *was* to bring the lower-performing kids up to the level of the upper achievers by providing targeted programs to those lower-performing kids.

    Anyway, I think that it's hyperbolic to call what happened in Ann Arbor racism, and ultimately it leaves you with an unsupportable claim, Southron. Not every case where black children are treated differently from white children can be called racism, and if that's what you want to call it, perhaps you should specify what you mean by racism. Is it an ideology of the supremacy of a particular racial or ethnic group? Is it a set of institutional arrangements that works to the detriment of a particular racial or ethnic group? Or do you mean to imply that anytime any member of a particular racial/ethnic group is treated differently from members of another R/E group for whatever reason, we can call this racism? In this last case, notice, you'll have to argue for why such treatment is necessarily bad in the way that we generally assume that racism is bad.

    So here comes the wrench in the gear system: is it possible that the point of the AA Luncheon is to give the kids some one-on-one time with this scientist in an atmosphere where the scientist can speak frankly about his personal experience as an African-American student and scientist, with special attention to the challenges he has faced both from within and from outside his racial/ethnic community? And is it possible that having an audience of both white and black kids would have made that more difficult? I suggest that the answer may be yes, although as I say, I would have preferred to see all the kids, black and white, go on the field trip together.

  2. Man how I hate racism, I don't care if it's to black or white, it's always such an injustice

  3. Lee, same question to you: what do you mean by racism, and exactly how does this particular incident map on to that definition? I don't have a problem saying that the white students may have gotten a raw deal with regard to this field trip--particularly since the kids who went on the field trip got to meet a really groovy scientist and the kids who stayed back probably had to do some really boring classwork--but I can't see my way clear to calling this "racism." And as far as injustices go, it seems to be a relatively minor one.


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