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No place for racism, prejudicePosted Friday, February 22, 2008, at 2:57 PM
The anger among many over the Bedford County School Board's decision to implement a stronger dress code is apparent.
But the issue seems to have brought out the worst in a few people, as seen on story comments.
*Stop donating to school fund-raisers because of disagreement with the school board's actions and you only hurt the innocent.
If you think the school board victimized students through a dress code, getting revenge by withdrawing funds which help those students has the exact opposite effect from what you want. You only deny students needed supplies, etc. at individual schools.
You'll have much more of an effect at the next election (and don't read this as a specific call to action).
*Hispanic students, even if illegally here, can't help what their parents did. Educate those students and we may end up with English-speaking, taxpaying American citizens. Again, don't further victimize the innocent.
*And the rumor about Barack Obama taking his oath of office holding a copy of the Koran is just that -- a rumor. Multiple sources confirm Obama is a Christian who took his oath of office holding a Bible.
I often wonder if those spreading that "urban legend" do so out of political or racial motives.
You want to speak out in disagreement with the school board's decision and work toward having it rescinded? Congratulations. America needs more who care enough to become involved in the decision-making progress. And the "rich and powerful" arguably need to listen to the public more closely.
But let's leave hatred and racism -- which only hurt anyone's cause -- out of it and look forward, not backwards.
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David Melson is a copy editor and staff writer for the Times-Gazette.
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