November 16, 2008

Life as We Know It, or More Incitement to Riot

Justin Katz

And now for an opportunity for Northeastern conservatives to nod in a knowing fashion:

... just before the election, [14-year-old Illinois student] Catherine consulted with her history teacher, then bravely wore a unique T-shirt to school and recorded the comments of teachers and students in her journal. The T-shirt bore the simple yet quite subversive words drawn with a red marker:

"McCain Girl."

"I was just really curious how they'd react to something that different, because a lot of people at my school wore Obama shirts and they are big Obama supporters," Catherine told us. "I just really wanted to see what their reaction would be."

Immediately, Catherine learned she was stupid for wearing a shirt with Republican John McCain's name. Not merely stupid. Very stupid.

"People were upset. But they started saying things, calling me very stupid, telling me my shirt was stupid and I shouldn't be wearing it," Catherine said.

Then it got worse.

"One person told me to go die. It was a lot of dying. A lot of comments about how I should be killed," Catherine said, of the tolerance in Oak Park.

But students weren't the only ones surprised that she wore a shirt supporting McCain.

"In one class, I had one teacher say she will not judge me for my choice, but that she was surprised that I supported McCain," Catherine said. ...

One student suggested that she be put up on a cross for her political beliefs.

"He said, 'You should be crucifixed.' It was kind of funny because, I was like, don't you mean 'crucified?' " Catherine said.

Other entries in her notebook involved suggestions by classmates that she be "burned with her shirt on" for "being a filthy-rich Republican."

Of course, there were moments with which we visible blue-state right-wingers are all too familiar:

Only a few times did anyone say anything remotely positive about her McCain shirt. One girl pulled her aside in a corner, out of earshot of other students, and whispered, "I really like your shirt."

The next day, Catherine wore a blue-ink "Obama Girl" shirt, and the reaction was unsurprisingly different. Personally, I think the experiment would have been more telling if she'd wore the shirts in reverse order. Odds are that her Obama shirt would have gone largely without remark — support for that candidate being the default for conformity.

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"being a filthy-rich Republican"

... wait, what? Where's the committee who makes all Republicans filthy-rich? They missed one here ...

Posted by: Monique at November 16, 2008 3:15 PM

Monique-quit griping-I'm still looking for the committee that makes all Jews either international bankers or dangerous communist agitators,or both at once.I can skip the commnunist crap,but it would be nice to have a solvent bank or two these days....:))

Posted by: joe bernstein at November 16, 2008 5:24 PM

In 1953 my second grade teacher asked every kid in the class out loud who their parents voted for-one kid's parents had voted for Eisenhower over Stevenson and the teacher berated him for it.She was a major a**hole by the way.

Posted by: joe bernstein at November 16, 2008 5:26 PM

Huh, and I thought prejudiced teachers were strictly a recent phenomenon.

Posted by: Monique at November 16, 2008 8:38 PM

More reasons to seperate school and state.
Hello vouchers, goodbye Crowley, Walsh, Reback and their communist, atheist, pedophile infested (just google the words "teacher sentenced" and prepare to vomit) teacher unions

Posted by: Mike at November 16, 2008 9:07 PM

There was a video that I viewed last week where a substitute teacher made some jokes about Obama to one of the students, an obvious Obama supporter. The student complained to the school officials and the substitute teacher was removed. A school representative said that the student was so proud that a 'man of color' was elected President and the substitute teacher was taking that away from her.

Wait a minute, I thought Obama was a president elect based on his principles and beliefs to get this country going. Why was this Obama supporter pointing out the 'skin color' of the President elect?

Is this the 'change' proposed by Obama supporters by revitalizing the pre-MLK days?

Now, I wonder what would have happened if the girl in Justin's story were to complain to school officials that other students were telling her 'to die'.

Would the school board have expelled or suspended that student for threatening another student or imposing psychological?

Posted by: Roland at November 17, 2008 1:19 AM

I must complete my sentences.
I must complete my sentences.
I must complete my sentences.

"Would the school board have expelled or suspended that student for threatening another student or imposing psychological HARM?"

Posted by: Roland at November 17, 2008 1:28 AM
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