Friday, August 5, 2011

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Racist Homeschoolers Unite? Not what I want to see in my inbox

Let's just say I was none too happy when I saw the following email in my inbox... here's an excert:

"Racist Homeschoolers Unite"?

Don't answer a fool according to his folly… that's our position and we'll continue to ignore the asinine assertions of racism being at the root of those who are displeased with the policies of the current administration. In the meantime, we're ready to start examining some of the GOP presidential candidates who may be able to turn the tide of the current political mess. The next president will be in a position to mold and shape the future America our children will inherit. ...

I am cringing at the thought of the next election. The last one was traumatic enough for me. You see, I have always been a person whose race did not seem to matter. Even the most racist of people seemed to like me and would tell me so. You know the old back-handed compliment "You're not like those other black people." Yes, that's been said to my face many times. I have always gotten along with all races, blended in, most people have always accepted me no matter what.

Then a black man ran for president.

During that election I found my "friends" saying things like "are you going to vote for Obama because you're black?" and other such dumb stuff. It lead to a lot of hard conversations I do not and did not want to have. MY RACE and the presidential election should have nothing to do with one another.

And so this morning, seeing the email entitled "Racist Homeschoolers Unite?" really cut me deep. I subscribe to homeschooling newsletters because I want to hear what others in homeschooling have to say about education... not about politics.

Was the sender of that email (with a photo of a black family on the magazine cover) so naive to think that all homeschoolers were GOP? Did they think that by putting a black family on the magazine cover that the subject matter was going to disarm black homeschooling families? You know what, I don't even want to know what they are thinking.

All I know is that I am a homeschooling mom, and that I am black, and that I am proud of our current president, for MY personal reasons, not the color of my skin and the last think I want to see in my email is a lot of propaganda that exploits the fact that I homeschool or my skin color for political reasons.

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