Skip to comments.'Black only' assembly offends sensibilities (Lee County, Georgia)
Posted on 02/02/2008 3:34:09 PM PST by devane617
Leesburg -- Several Lee County High parents voiced their disapproval Friday, when the school held a Black History Assembly for the black students only. White students were told they could not attend.
Only about 19% of the Lee County High School student body is black. Principal Kevin Dowling said he held the black student only assembly to talk to them about test scores, so that none of them would be embarrassed.
In Georgia and in Lee County, the black students test scores as a whole are lagging behind white students. In the assembly, Dowling had black parents and teachers talk to the students about racial history in Lee County, to try to get motivate them to take advantage of their opportunities.
Dowling said looking back on the objections from whites, he should have made it more clear what the assembly was about. "I should have been more up front, at the beginning in the days beforehand about what we are going to do. I didn't do that. I made it more general, because I didn't want it to be a big issue," Dowling said.
Steve Jenkins is one of the parents who went to Lee County High today to talk to Dowling about the black only assembly, saying he was worried about the message being sent.
"Singling out somebody-- I'm tired of this black white thing," said Parent Steve Jenkins. "We need to get over that."
Jenkins said after talking with Dowling, he knows that the Principal was trying to do the right thing, but disagreed with the assembly. Dowling said the school will hold three other assemblies during the month on Black History, for all the students.
I suppose any request for a white only, white history month, was rejected. See, that would be racist.
Depending on what was said, this could have been highly constructive. Again, depending on what was said.
I noticed the principal mentioned reviewing history and impressing on the students their opportunities so it could have been quite the stern pep-talk.
If so, the groundwork could have been laid much better...
The principal needs to attend diversity training.
I could just imagine seeing someone try to pull a white only assembly to talk to them about academics.
If there are good reasons, I’m ok with it.
Probably, he should have had an assembly of those students scoring below a certain point if that is the issue that he was really trying to address.
...Now let's get back to celebrating Black History Month!
For those wondering, he is white.
I'm sitting on the fence with this blacks only event.
In many ways we have been conditioned by PC even if we think we have not.
The real question is: what was covered in the meeting.
If it was to review the great blacks in American history to encourage young blacks to achieve and throw off this hip hop culture of gangsterism, it can't be a bad thing
This is Black Revisionist Month; can’t we all just, get along?
That’s racist, right? Maybe we should riot, burn our own neighborhoods down, etc..
Amusing image, that of Rodney King as guest lecturer in a school...
So what’s new about that??
Only WHITES are capable of being racist, didn’t you know that???
To everyone alse, it’s just “Cultural awareness”...
So-o-o-o, what’s wrong with taking aside the clowns that are fooling around and doing poorly and talking to them directly? That way, black students that are trying to get something done with their lives wouldn’t be shamed along with the dunces.
Ever think of that, you morons?
WHAT’S THIS COUNTRY COMING TO,,??
sorry folks,,just a loud thought
A “stupid only” event would have been PI.