“This a perfect example of why good teachers are leaving the field. They're muzzled by administrators and politicians, forced to teach test-taking, and are not allowed to really teach their students history, science, culture, art, nor encourage critical thinking.
With all of the headlines that bad teachers have been making lately (cheating scandals, inappropriate relationships with students, covering up violent crimes), here's one who's actually teaching, yet gets punished because he dared to dig into the dark parts of history. Nonsense.”
“This is so sad how they spend time and money fighting against same-sex marriage. When will they get it through their thick skulls that people do not have the right to vote on the personal rights of others? I am scared to even think of how American society would be if civil and basic rights were placed on a ballot. My parents would be in jail since they are an interracial couple, and I would probably be in a cell next to theirs since I am a product of their marriage, a marriage that would still be considered "illegal" as it was in the '50s.
Get out of the private affairs of people, Republicans. Gays, women, and minorities don't need you and your supporters voting on what you *think* is right for us. We're not children, and you're not our masters.”
“You're right about that. I have to admit that Republicans do succeed in better turnouts in some elections. But I'm also hanging on to the hope that I had in 2012. When I saw those long, long lines at heavily-Democratic voting precincts in Florida and Ohio on the news, my heart sank. I just knew many were going to throw their hands up and leave. Surprisingly, they did not. People were giving them support on social media and taking them cups of hot chocolate and coffee to keep them warm. Their endurance turned those states blue, and awarded President Obama with their electoral votes. I just hope that the Dems can reignite that fire in their bellies for the midterms (and as you stated, Republicans have ticked off enough people to where the desire to vote them out in large numbers is strong).
I live in a state that has the vote-by-mail system in place, and voters here (Washington state) don't go to the polls. I will do my part in joining support campaigns on social media to encourage Democrats, especially those in red states, to hang in there.
*raises my glass* Here's to a successful midterm election.”
“Bet they'd get a kick out of my parents. My mother is black, father is white, and they tend to hold hands when they go out (or my mom will sometimes slip her hand around my father's arm). I can only imagine how this redneck-bar-and-grill reacts to interracial couples.”
“Everything does not need a modern/pop culture approach. Children's books are not that difficult to grasp if they are exposed to actual literature, libraries, bookstores, and the love of reading.
What's next? New-schooling and putting a pop culture twist on titles of the classics and other well-known books to make them more appealing to the masses? I can see it now..."Jane Eyre, My BFF." Or "The Selfie of Dorian Gray."
I know the article is trying to be cute, but this is ridiculous.”
“This is what frustrates me with Democrats. They sit back while Republicans go after them with lie after lie. They won't fight back. And when the party suffers losses as it did in 2010, they'll go back to their constituents and blame us for low voter turnout.”
KidShalleen on May 29, 2014 at 17:26:51
“Truth be told, though, our side does kind of fall down on the mid terms, especially compared to the crazies on the other side who vote on a single issue (God, guns, gays, et al). This time around, though, I think the Repubs have done a stellar job at POing such a broad swath of voting groups, on the Democratic side, that our turn out will be much, much better. -- See you in line Nov 4th.”
“In Cape Verde, cachupa is the #1 dish to eat. Delicious combination of veggies, meats, spices/seasonings, beans. It can be eaten for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. My favourite is breakfast (or brunch) because it's paired with eggs. My mom (CV immigrant) used to make that all the time when we lived in Boston, and she kept the tradition going when we moved to Memphis.”
May 28, 2014 at 10:38:08
“Her world views on humanity are inspiring. Literature is like my refuge from the outside world, and there are several authors whose works I get can get lost in; Dr. Angelou was one of those authors. I am genuinely saddened over her passing.
It is great that Dr. Angelou not only changed your life WHtrout, but the lives of so many of her readers. That is the hallmark of a great author...one who can touch people and make such an impact on them.”
May 22, 2014 at 12:22:35
“I am shaking my head because the comments are as predictable as rain in Seattle. Too many people get so defensive when the issue of slavery/Jim Crow/segregation comes up, and begin personalizing the topic. Funny how topics on oppression suffered by other minority groups are actually approached from a respectable POV and openly discussed, but the conversations shut down when the spotlight is on black Americans.
Black American history makes people uncomfortable; that is understood. But launching into a diatribe about "my family didn't own anyone" will not make the issue go away. Besides, reparations is a pipe dream and people generally know it, so calm down...no one is going to ask you (or anyone else) for anything.”
Matt Irvin on May 22, 2014 at 13:29:35
“It's not discussions or history that make people uncomfortable, it's asking for reparations that's making people uncomfortable. That involves present day 'I want money from you' talk. And that's personal.”
flexplex on May 22, 2014 at 12:45:48
“I am shaking my head because the comments are as predictable as rain in Seattle. Too many people get so defensive when the issue of slavery/Jim Crow/segregation comes up, and begin personalizing the topic. ~ Do you understand how demeaning it is for people to constantly bring up racism and the wrong doings of white people and the media generalizing white people as the oppressors of black people....I have never owned anybody and have treated everybody who deserves respect with respect and I'm sick of the white privilege angle that many media pundits love to use. I'm sick of it and not only does it piss me off but it divides white vs. country and last time I check we were the UNITED States of America not the Divided States of America. "But launching into a diatribe about "my family didn't own anyone" will not make the issue go away." ~ What will because I'm begging for that day to come and MLK's dream will actually be fulfilled.”
May 22, 2014 at 11:45:55
“The minute I saw the headline, I correctly predicted the tone that the comments would take ("my ancestors didn't own slaves, what about other racial groups who suffered, this is a handout", etc etc). SMH.
Anyway, I enjoyed the article from a historical POV. There were several things mentioned, such as the Contract Buyer's League, that I'd never heard of. Great research and writing for this article.”
flexplex on May 22, 2014 at 11:52:33
“Why are you shaking your head at those comments? Those are valid points and for those reasons alone I owe nothing to nobody.”