Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Wednesday, October 09, 2002

At what point to you drop the niceties and just tell someone they are ignorant.

Frustrated by the lack of public support for Akwana Walker, who complained about her fourth-grader being taught the word "niggardly," two black community members spoke out Monday night at the New Hanover County Board of Education meeting. Saying she was speaking on behalf of the black community, Wilmington resident Helen Worthy said she's tired of hearing people express sympathy for Williams Elementary School teacher Stephanie Bell for being reprimanded. The victims, she said, are Ms. Walker and her 9-year-old daughter.

Ms. Worthy added that she was especially troubled by comments one school board member made. "He said he thinks that we are just overly sensitive," she said. "I'm finally beginning to see why some people just don't get it." In addition, she said the board's lack of support for Ms. Walker has added to the racial division within the community. "You just won't get it," Ms. Worthy told the board. "And we just can't get over it because you just don't get it."

There is nothing to get over! Learn what the damn word means learn where the hell it comes from and admit that you are ignorant and just don't get it! It has nothing to do with race, it has everything to do with an understanding of the language we speak.

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