Problem of race

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Now, as conversation continues, fellow teacher’s little son starts to cough sugar all over!

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11 thoughts on “Problem of race

  1. It is funny about money in America. When I worked for my Dad in the early 1970’s in Lakewood Ohio,the Ohio Lottery just started,of course I hated it because it made a lot more people much poorer from gambling their money away to it in hopes they would win. And, a portion of that money was suppose to go for schools. Two decades later the money never went to the schools and quite a few of them have been torn down and new ones replaced all on the taxpayers dime. Education here in America is a shambles. I home schooled all my kids and that was after they were in school for a couple of years and were being poorly taught. I have no regard for the education system here in USA. And here in Kentucky there are so many racial tensions with black and white and north and south.It is really sad.

    • I was just reading about Civil War tensions in 1990s in Kentucky in book “CONFEDERATES IN ATTIC” by Tony Horowitz. Those tensions (and problems of education) can be found in most places, always different but often sadly similar in some ways…

    • New Hampshire also funds education with lottery money, plus cigarette tax. (Also property tax.) I wonder how many states do that. What a strange source of support for raising our future.

      • Or rather, I should say, the part of our “future” that attends public schools…

  2. Like your reader above, I too went to school in the south (Texas, Oklahoma & the Carolinas). There are huge problems of race and for some teachers, they were convinced some students would not, could not learn. Some teachers said often publicly the black kids and the Scots/Irish white-trash would never learn because of inbreeding and cultural celebration of ignorance. My parents are both first generation Scots immigrants and me and my siblings are quite proud of this. We told everyone we were Scots of clan McGregor. Many teachers used this as an excuse for why I could never learn to spell constantly referring me to special ed classes regardless of my reading level and abilities with math (I always tested back into mainstream classes). My brothers had the same problems until my dad retired from the military and we moved to Utah where those prejudices don’t exist (though I never learned to spell . . . yay spell check–ummmm . . . Utah has other prejudices).

    The complaints your antagonist voices are now being heard about illegal aliens. Mostly from parents. In today’s teaching environment, no teacher hoping to keep their jobs would ever even whisper sentiments like this. Because of the topicality of your comic, I find it completely amazing.

    • Very interesting — I recently met teacher in NH of Texas origin whose Scots family traced back to Clan MacGregor (as I’m sure many do) and she was quite proud of her roguish heritage. She taught Title I reading & math, so I guess, along with your experience, we have conclusively proven MacGregors CAN spell! I am glad you could hold onto your ethnic identity & pride in your culture even in face of prejudice. I also appreciate people comparing THEIR experience in similar situations!

      We often try to translate Slovak-Roma relations onto more familiar relationships by way of simile — it sometimes seems almost like an immigration debate, except that if we say the Roma are in a position like immigrants (disadvantaged minority, semi-nomadic lifestyle, lack of representation in democratic government, dependence on social support systems, poverty, employment insecurity, &c.) we must remember THEY (Roma) arrived as a population over 700 years ago in area, and in some cases are just as indigenous as Slovak population, many of whom have much German, Hungarian, Czech, &c. ancestry… So are Roma more like Native Americans? Sometimes differences between their lifestyle (living off the land in reduced circumstances) reminds us of similar differences between some Euro & Native stereotypes in US. Of course, due to widespread necessity to migrate to other EU countries for work (England, Belgium, &c.) many Roma families seem to take on aspects of both (and more) above minority metaphors.

      But of course, while it may help to compare to other situations, this situation is (like all) at its root unique. And all of this is to say, we must remember so far we are only seeing Rabbit (non-Roma) talking to other non-Roma about “Roma Problem” — so we should be highly suspicious of entire conversation, except perhaps as one perspective on larger societal disconnection….

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