But I think it says more about the polarizing political correctness that has evolved in our society than anything else. In this case it sounds like the school principle had noble intentions. But he got burned by the appearance of how it all came off.....
His actions seem to further illuminate and reinforce largely ignored (by the media, and a certain political persuation) conscious or sub-conscious race "protectionist" attitudes by some who are given a near complete pass.... attitudes...even the mere suggestion or hint of attitudes that many others are falsley accused or excoriated for political gain.
Last edited by webrockk; 05-16-10 at 05:30 PM.
However, the easier and more appropriate way to handle it is to take all the students out to meet the person. It accomplishes the desired end, without creating unwanted divisions.
I think this thread tried to put a spin on what really happened. It seems that they had good intentions behind this trip. It was to inspire black children by having them meet a black rocket scientist. Honestly, I think this trip was a good thing. I don't believe the school was racially motivated in only having black kids attend the field trip. They had good intentions, but they acted stupidly by excluding everyone but black students. It was a racist action, but not necessarily motivated by racism. I do think that blacks are discouraged from joining careers in science. The media and stereotypes dictate that there are no black scientists and that blacks can't be smart. I'm all for this type of field trip, because I do believe blacks are discouraged from fields in science and that it's great to show them African Americans who are geniuses and have jobs in the scientific realm.