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Mother says school work sheet is racist
The Intelligencer ^ | October 27, 2009 | CHRISTINA KRISTOFIC

Posted on 11/19/2009 5:32:28 AM PST by SolidWood

When she was helping her son with his homework Saturday night, a Central Bucks mother noticed something that surprised and shocked her.

"I couldn't understand what I was looking at," said the woman, whose identity the newspaper has agreed not to disclose.

It was a work sheet called "Solving Equations using Multiplication and Division!" and it featured a photo of a black man wearing a straw hat, shirt and suspenders, with his mostly toothless mouth wide open. As if to underscore the man's stupidity, at the bottom of the picture was written, "No wai!!!"

The mother learned that her son, the only black student in his eighth-grade pre-algebra class at Lenape Middle School, was teased by another student when the assignment was distributed.

"One of the kids in the classroom turned around and said, 'Is that your father?' " she said.

"We are highly insulted and offended. We sent him to school to learn pre-algebra. He should be protected from this stuff, not have it thrown in his face...He gets enough (racial slurs) and negativity from the kids. To have the teacher encourage it?"

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The boy's mother said she spent much of the weekend angry and in tears.

"It's very stressful to be an African-American in the community and you want to fit in and you want to embrace all of the things Central Bucks offers you," she said. "Who's protecting us here?"

Monday night, after meeting with the boy's family, NAACP Bucks County President John Jordan issued a written statement denouncing the events.

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She plans to keep her son home from school until she feels as though it's safe to send him again.

(Excerpt) Read more at phillyburbs.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: isthatyourfather; mathishard; naacp; nowai; racebaiting; racism; whosurdaddy
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Drama!!!

1 posted on 11/19/2009 5:32:30 AM PST by SolidWood
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To: SolidWood

So if the picture was of a white man, it wouldn’t be racist?


3 posted on 11/19/2009 5:35:19 AM PST by rhombus
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To: SolidWood

For every BS charge of racism and insensitivity that comes out, occasionally they get one right. This pic has no business in an Algebra sheet.


4 posted on 11/19/2009 5:35:26 AM PST by icwhatudo ("laws requiring compulsory abortion could be sustained under the existing Constitution"Obama Adviser)
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To: SolidWood

I’m about as white as white can be and even I find that offensive...to say nothing about disgusting as well.
(a pic like that would make me lose my lunch.)


5 posted on 11/19/2009 5:36:50 AM PST by ozark hilljilly (Ditherer In Chief = An appropriate acronym!)
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To: Owl_Eagle; brityank; Physicist; WhyisaTexasgirlinPA; GOPJ; abner; baseballmom; Mo1; Ciexyz; ...

ping


6 posted on 11/19/2009 5:37:05 AM PST by Tribune7 (God bless Carrie Prejean)
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To: SolidWood

out of school until it’s safe ? doesn’t she mean “until everyone feels and thinks the same wat I do” ?

i hope he learns what she intends for him to learn from Steve Wilkos.


7 posted on 11/19/2009 5:37:12 AM PST by Celerity
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To: icwhatudo

Exactly. Stupid decision on the part of the teacher.


8 posted on 11/19/2009 5:37:13 AM PST by TexasNative2000 (There's a reason the oath talks about defending the country from enemies both "foreign AND domestic")
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To: SolidWood

9 posted on 11/19/2009 5:38:24 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: SolidWood

I thought pre-Algebra was a 7th grade subject. My 8th grader is in Honors Algebra.


10 posted on 11/19/2009 5:38:53 AM PST by Alice in Wonderland
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To: SolidWood

Geez.

That is kinda racist, isn’t it? Sheesh


11 posted on 11/19/2009 5:39:04 AM PST by Daisyjane69 (Michael Reagan: "Welcome back, Dad, even if you're wearing a dress and bearing children this time)
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To: SolidWood

Curran is an idiot.


12 posted on 11/19/2009 5:39:06 AM PST by decimon
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To: ozark hilljilly
the woman, whose identity the newspaper has agreed not to disclose

her son, the only black student in his eighth-grade pre-algebra class at Lenape Middle School,

Looks like they didn't value her anonymity too much, eh!

13 posted on 11/19/2009 5:39:35 AM PST by Billg64 (It is my belief that this is our last opportunity to peacefully protect our republic.)
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To: icwhatudo

Why would an image like that be on an Algebra sheet???? Highly insensitive and racist.


14 posted on 11/19/2009 5:39:45 AM PST by Fred911 (YOU GET WHAT YOU ACCEPT)
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To: SolidWood
One of the kids in the classroom turned around and said, 'Is that your father?' " she said.

Did she tell the boy "No Wai! We don't know who your father be."

15 posted on 11/19/2009 5:40:42 AM PST by Iron Munro (I carry a gun because I'm too young to die and too old to take another beating.)
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To: SolidWood

For all those offended, I’ll ask again... would this be less offensive if the guy was white? Why? What is the stereotype here? Ignorance? Poor dental hygiene? It’s OK to be ignorant and toothless as long as you’re white or any other race except African American?


16 posted on 11/19/2009 5:41:02 AM PST by rhombus
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To: icwhatudo

She should have pointed out that the image is in poor taste and has nothing to do with algebra.

“Spending the weekend in tears” and pulling the child from school “until he is safe” is BS drama. Pullin the NAACP into it is ridiculous to boot.


17 posted on 11/19/2009 5:41:10 AM PST by SolidWood (Sarah Palin: "Only dead fish go with the flow!")
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To: SolidWood
Mother says school work sheet is racist

Racist & racism have lost their meaning. Now, ANYTHING one doesn't like is racist.

I hate brussel sprouts....they're racist.

18 posted on 11/19/2009 5:41:33 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: icwhatudo

Agreed.


19 posted on 11/19/2009 5:41:36 AM PST by Tom_Busch (The big media IS the enemy)
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To: SolidWood

My question is, what was the intent of the picture to begin with?


20 posted on 11/19/2009 5:41:46 AM PST by marvlus
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To: icwhatudo; ozark hilljilly

I agree with you two. If opposing Obama’s Marxism isn’t racist — and it isn’t — this picture, on an assignment in a school, is.


21 posted on 11/19/2009 5:41:53 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: SolidWood

They spelled “Way” wrong...


22 posted on 11/19/2009 5:41:57 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: SolidWood

I have to agree with the mother on this one - that’s offensive.


23 posted on 11/19/2009 5:42:18 AM PST by alicewonders (Sarah Palin is the face of America's future.)
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To: TexasNative2000; icwhatudo

I live in the town of Farrakhan and Jackson so I am more than familiar with knee-jerk “RACIST!” outcries.

This was a bonehead move by the teacher. But I think it points out a difference in what is true racism versus what is perpetuating a nasty stereotype. Racism harbors intent/contempt. I don’t know the teacher or principal, but I doubt it was done with intent to harm.


24 posted on 11/19/2009 5:42:48 AM PST by Right_Handed_Writer (Change the Change -- Vote Right in 2010™)
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To: icwhatudo
For every BS charge of racism and insensitivity that comes out, occasionally they get one right. This pic has no business in an Algebra sheet.

Agreed.

If it were a white man, I'd still find it offensive on a class room paper.
In a magazine or whatever, no one is forced to look at it. In a classroom, the kids have no choice.

25 posted on 11/19/2009 5:42:58 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: SolidWood
The boy's mother said she spent much of the weekend angry and in tears.

oh the agony!!! well i guess it's better to teach the kid to be a wimp than a gangsta.

She plans to keep her son home from school until she feels as though it's safe to send him again.

Great plan, I like it. Maybe she should move to a district friendlier to People of Color (tm), like Washington DC. They probably don't evev teach pre-algebra there so there won't be a problem like this in the future.

26 posted on 11/19/2009 5:43:08 AM PST by jtal
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To: icwhatudo
For every BS charge of racism and insensitivity that comes out, occasionally they get one right. This pic has no business in an Algebra sheet.

I agree. That is really offensive.

27 posted on 11/19/2009 5:43:30 AM PST by 6ppc (It's torch and pitchfork time)
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To: icwhatudo

Absolutely right. I was expecting much ado about nothing. Putting this is in a school assignment was repulsive and thoroughly offensive. The product of an ugly mind.


28 posted on 11/19/2009 5:43:43 AM PST by all the best
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To: rhombus
Yes.

It's about context.

If this was a mostly-white school and there was an offensive picture of a homeless white guy or a white crack whore, that would be racist.

29 posted on 11/19/2009 5:43:43 AM PST by Lazamataz (DEFINITION: rac-ist (rA'sis't) 1. Anyone who disagrees with a liberal about any topic.)
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To: rhombus

It’s a stupid picture, black or white, and has no place in a math assignment. Why can’t they just do math without the distractions?


30 posted on 11/19/2009 5:44:01 AM PST by imskylark
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To: SolidWood
"I couldn't understand what I was looking at," said the woman,

It's your lack of diversity.

31 posted on 11/19/2009 5:44:08 AM PST by This_far (Mandatory insurance! I thought it was about health care?)
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To: marvlus
My question is, what was the intent of the picture to begin with?

I think the intent was to mock ignorance. I would have used Nancy Pelosi's picture.

32 posted on 11/19/2009 5:44:13 AM PST by rhombus
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To: icwhatudo

Yeah, but does the “victim” deserve a million dollars for it?

Or should the teacher be punished?

You know where this is headed...to a trial lawyer.


33 posted on 11/19/2009 5:44:28 AM PST by Ghost of Philip Marlowe (Prepare for survival.)
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To: SolidWood

It is a terrible picture, I have seen it posted here at FR. Why was a picture of a person of any race on a math paper?


34 posted on 11/19/2009 5:44:36 AM PST by Ditter
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To: SolidWood

I’m gonna back the mother on this one. It was an inappropriate pic to use.


35 posted on 11/19/2009 5:44:59 AM PST by DemforBush (Now officially 100% ex-Democrat.)
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To: imskylark
It’s a stupid picture, black or white, and has no place in a math assignment.

Then you are saying it is NOT racist.

36 posted on 11/19/2009 5:45:08 AM PST by rhombus
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To: SolidWood

mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmm mmmmmmmmm


37 posted on 11/19/2009 5:45:26 AM PST by Dewey Revoltnow
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To: Tribune7

The article doesn’t say, was it his father?


38 posted on 11/19/2009 5:45:37 AM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my Dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: SolidWood
“Spending the weekend in tears” and pulling the child from school “until he is safe” is BS drama.

Agreed. She's milking it. No one threatened the boy. The kids would have forgotten about the whole thing by their next class.

39 posted on 11/19/2009 5:46:18 AM PST by concerned about politics ("Get thee behind me, Liberal")
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To: NMEwithin

No, they spelled “way” incorrectly. :)


40 posted on 11/19/2009 5:46:48 AM PST by RexBeach
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To: Right_Handed_Writer

well at the very LEAST it was done with some mindboggling insensitivity. Freepers are generally the LAST ones to find something racist but the consensus appears to be that is t the SLAP YOU IN THE FACE level of insensitivity.


41 posted on 11/19/2009 5:46:51 AM PST by xsmommy
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To: icwhatudo

“For every BS charge of racism and insensitivity that comes out, occasionally they get one right. This pic has no business in an Algebra sheet”.

Agree.


42 posted on 11/19/2009 5:47:10 AM PST by bella1 (Four years of Carter gave us eight years of Reagan.)
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To: SolidWood
Curran reported, through Smith, that he found the image by doing a Google Images search for the phrase "multiply and divide."

Sure enough, th 4th page of GOogle i mages sends you here - about 12 or so posts down. "I chose it because it said 'no way,' which is a comment my students make when I require them to show each calculation," he wrote in an e-mail. "I had no idea that I might offend anyone. I am very sorry for any distress that this has caused my students and the community."

He probably didn't intend any racist meanings. That doesn't mean they won't be found though.

43 posted on 11/19/2009 5:47:10 AM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: Doogle
I immediately thought hippopotomus.
44 posted on 11/19/2009 5:48:02 AM PST by School of Rational Thought (Most interesting man in the world.)
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To: SolidWood

WTF was this stupid picture doing on a worksheet?

It has nothing to do with algebra.

did the teacher Xerox it herself at the top of a worksheet?

Somebody needs to ask the teacher what he/she thought she was doing. It’s offensive and it is meant to offend black people. That was its purpose. And it did. Mission accomplished.


45 posted on 11/19/2009 5:48:18 AM PST by squarebarb
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To: alicewonders

I agree with everyone who has agreed that’s racist. The pic had no place on a math paper. We say we want minorities to fit in and learn usable skills, how does this help? This is definitely Obama’s fault.


46 posted on 11/19/2009 5:48:43 AM PST by bluecollarman (Obama's amazing! One beer summit and he wins a Nobel Peace Prize.)
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To: SolidWood

Someone in Bucks County is really really stupid...mere ignorance won’t cover this. Be interesting to see if the teacher is fired or given an adminstrative job outside the classroom.


47 posted on 11/19/2009 5:49:21 AM PST by Pharmboy (The Stone Age did not end because they ran out of stones...)
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To: Lazamataz
It's about context. If this was a mostly-white school and there was an offensive picture of a homeless white guy or a white crack whore, that would be racist.

Sorry, don't agree. A homeless guy is a homeless guy. A crack whore is a crack whore. Injecting color into it is irrelevant whether it is a mostly white school or a black school... or at least it should be unless we are going to dive deep into the prejudice of lowered expectations.

48 posted on 11/19/2009 5:49:52 AM PST by rhombus
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To: RexBeach

LOL...after I wrote that I knew someone was going to call me on it... ;)


49 posted on 11/19/2009 5:50:24 AM PST by NMEwithin
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To: School of Rational Thought

hippo has inplants....must be...and...and..can eat peanuts


50 posted on 11/19/2009 5:51:08 AM PST by Doogle (USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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