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Fairfax investigates allegation of racially insensitive behavior by high school teacher
The Washington Post ^ | March 16, 2012 | Emma Brown

Posted on 03/18/2012 7:12:06 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued

Ninth-grader Jordan Shumate said that during class this month, he was reading aloud a poem by acclaimed African American writer Langston Hughes when his teacher interrupted and directed him to read in a “blacker” style.

“She told me, ‘Blacker, Jordan — c’mon, blacker. I thought you were black,’ ” said Shumate, who is African American.

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


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Government; US: Virginia
KEYWORDS: arth; dialect; fcps; literature

1 posted on 03/18/2012 7:12:13 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued
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To: metmom; wintertime

Here’s another dumb-ass government teacher. I wish that more Americans would wake up and quit sending their chidren to the public schools.


2 posted on 03/18/2012 7:13:37 PM PDT by Clintonfatigued (A chameleon belongs in a pet store, not the White House)
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To: Clintonfatigued; 2Jedismom; 6amgelsmama; AAABEST; aberaussie; AccountantMom; Aggie Mama; agrace; ...

ANOTHER REASON TO HOMESCHOOL

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3 posted on 03/18/2012 7:24:37 PM PDT by metmom ( For freedom Christ has set us free; stand firm therefore & do not submit again to a yoke of slavery)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Teacher just used the wrong term. There is no ‘black’ or ‘white’ dialect as blacks and whites speak in various dialects.

If he would have said to speak more ghettoish, more ‘from the hood’, or more in a slangly southern dialect, that would have been the way to ask for better vocalization.


4 posted on 03/18/2012 7:26:28 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (I'd like to tell you, but then I'd have to kill you.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This made “news” in the WP? Must be a very slow news day. Would it be racism to have someone read Robert Burns in a Scottish dialect (as his poems are written)?


5 posted on 03/18/2012 7:26:38 PM PDT by Cowboy Bob (Greed + Envy = Liberalism)
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To: Clintonfatigued

This is the left, the left, the left.

Langston Hughes is a great poet, I know he was a commie, or something, but he is a great poet.

Years ago I was looking in a bookstore for a book of poems by LH, I just wanted to read some more than I had available in my anthologies. Couldn’t find a one. Complained about it to a friend of mine, a very left-wing gal, btw, but that wasn’t why I was discussing this with her.

She said “Oh, look in the African-American section, that’s where he’ll be.”

And I was dumbfounded, incredulous. I don’t remember if she thought that was OK, or if she agreed with me that it was ridic. I sort of remember her saying: right or wrong if you want to buy a book of LH poems, that’s where they’ll be.

And she was right. I either went back to the store or to another store and there he was...segregated along with all the other black poets.

Most annoying.


6 posted on 03/18/2012 7:46:11 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Clintonfatigued; Cowboy Bob

This tread has inspired me.

Here is a great LH poem, I’ll be back in a sec with one from Robbie Burns.

MOTHER TO SON

Well, son, I’ll tell you:
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.
It’s had tacks in it,
And splinters,
And boards torn up,
And places with no carpet on the floor—
Bare.
But all the time
I’se been a-climbin’ on,
And reachin’ landin’s,
And turnin’ corners,
And sometimes goin’ in the dark
Where there ain’t been no light.
So, boy, don’t you turn back.
Don’t you set down on the steps.
‘Cause you finds it’s kinder hard.
Don’t you fall now—
For I’se still goin’, honey,
I’se still climbin’,
And life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.

Langston Hughes


7 posted on 03/18/2012 7:52:07 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: jocon307

Here is Burns (I’ve kept in the hints provided by Bartelby.com

JOHN ANDERSON, MY JO

JOHN ANDERSON, my jo, John,
When we were first acquent,
Your locks were like the raven,
Your bonnie brow was brent;
But now your brow is beld, John, 5
Your locks are like the snow;
But blessings on your frosty pow,
John Anderson, my jo!

John Anderson, my jo, John,
We clamb the hill thegither; 10
And monie a canty day, John,
We’ve had wi’ ane anither:
Now we maun totter down, John,
But hand in hand we’ll go,
And sleep thegither at the foot, 15
John Anderson, my jo.

Robert Burns

GLOSS: jo] sweetheart. brent] smooth, unwrinkled. beld] bald. pow] pate. canty] cheerful.


8 posted on 03/18/2012 7:55:31 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Clintonfatigued

LOL, sorry ...


9 posted on 03/18/2012 8:05:21 PM PDT by sickoflibs (Obama : "I will just make insurance companies give you health care for 'free, What Mandates??' ")
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To: jocon307
“Oh, look in the African-American section, that’s where he’ll be.”

That's because nobody reads Langston Hughes except when it's been assigned. Or unless one is trying to make some ideological point. No one reads such a man, in short, for fun.

That's becuz

the man

can't

write.

10 posted on 03/18/2012 8:13:39 PM PDT by SamuraiScot
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To: Clintonfatigued

Shumate sounds like an afficianado of the Bell Critical Race Theory (see next post)...


11 posted on 03/18/2012 8:19:40 PM PDT by TXnMA ("Allah": Satan's current alias...)
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To: Clintonfatigued

Here’s Langston Hughes reading one of his poems.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CUKyVrhPgM


12 posted on 03/18/2012 8:24:52 PM PDT by miami33
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To: miami33; SamuraiScot

Thanks for posting that. Not too much Negro dialect going on there (not that there’s anything wrong with Negro dialect!).

Samurai, I gotta disagree with you about Hughes’ writing ability, but let’s face it, he could be the greatest thing since Willy Shakespeare and the bien pensants would want him ghettoized, that’s what they do.

Interestingly, in looking up Hughes on wikipedia, to see where he was from I noticed a Scottish connection.

From wiki “Both of Hughes’ paternal and maternal great-grandmothers were African-American, his maternal great-grandfather was white and of Scottish descent. A paternal great-grandfather was of European Jewish descent.[2] Hughes’s maternal grandmother Mary Patterson was of African-American, French, English and Native American descent.”

Hughes was born in Joplin, MO.


13 posted on 03/18/2012 8:40:37 PM PDT by jocon307
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To: Clintonfatigued

‘Blacker’? You mean ignorant?

“You is the father”

“You is dumb”

“Obama is they president”

“The child is mines”


14 posted on 03/18/2012 9:07:21 PM PDT by POWERSBOOTHEFAN (I love you,Pumpkin. You are the best cat in the world. You're my Sweet Pea.)
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To: Clintonfatigued

I imagine this is a diversity teacher tryin’ to keep it real...every black man on the socialist slave reservation.


15 posted on 03/18/2012 9:22:52 PM PDT by SaraJohnson
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To: jocon307
Life for me ain’t been no crystal stair.


My favorite of his as well. I also think of him as a great American poet; no further labels necessary.

Yet if his books were in the mainstream section, you can bet someone would complain about that. There's just no pleasing people who are only halfway to enlightenment.

16 posted on 03/18/2012 10:54:08 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: jocon307

An Englishman is being shown around a Scottish hospital.
At the end of the tour he is shown into a ward with a number
of patients who show no signs of injury.

He goes to examine the first man he sees, and the man proclaims,
“Fair fa’ yer honest sonsie face,
Great chieftain o’ the puddin’ race!”

The Englishman, somewhat taken aback, goes to the next
patient, who immediately launches into:
“Some hae meat, and canna eat, and some wad eat that want it,
But we hae meat and we can eat, and sae the Lord be thankit.”

The next patient sits up and declaims:
“Wee sleekit cow’rin tim’rous beastie,
O what a panic’s in thy breastie!
Thou need na start awa sae hasty wi’ bickering bl’attle.
I wad be laith to run and chase thee wi’ murdering prattle.”

“Well!” says the Englishman to his Scottish colleague.
“I see you saved the psychiatric ward for the last.”

“No, no,” the Scottish doctor corrects him. “This is the Serious Burns Unit.”


17 posted on 03/18/2012 11:03:06 PM PDT by Albion Wilde ("The facts of life are Tory." -- Margaret Thatcher)
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To: Albion Wilde

:::LOL!:::


18 posted on 03/18/2012 11:52:25 PM PDT by b9 (Newt is substance. The others are talking points.)
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To: Albion Wilde

“This is the Serious Burns Unit.”

LOL, very silly!


19 posted on 03/19/2012 3:48:26 AM PDT by jocon307
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To: Clintonfatigued

Yeah well after this marxist magic negro punk in the white hut, I’m not too “sensative” when it comes to race crappola either.


20 posted on 03/19/2012 4:15:10 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: Clintonfatigued

My sixth grade teacher used to read a few pages of Huck Finn to the class everyday after lunch and made a point to provide the proper dialect inflections of each character.

Imagine a bunch of 11 and 12 year old kids today learning about dialect as a literary tool.


21 posted on 03/19/2012 4:20:38 AM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: Clintonfatigued

Teacher should have told him to imitate Hillary Clinton when she gave that speech down south.


22 posted on 03/19/2012 4:55:23 AM PDT by FES0844
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To: Clintonfatigued

Maybe she should have said, “Gayer, Jordan, c’mon I thought you were gay?”


23 posted on 03/19/2012 5:31:40 AM PDT by Trailerpark Badass
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