The text of the LSEA suggests that it's intended to foster critical thinking, calling on the state Board of Education to "assist teachers, principals, and other school administrators to create and foster an environment within public elementary and secondary schools that promotes critical thinking skills, logical analysis, and open and objective discussion of scientific theories." Unfortunately, it's remarkably selective in its suggestion of topics that need critical thinking, as it cites scientific subjects "including, but not limited to, evolution, the origins of life, global warming, and human cloning." *
I find this response to this blog a distraction. It’s one thing to find commonality in similarity of struggle, but another thing to try to one-up another’s struggles. Nowhere in the post does she say that white people don’t have struggles – but none of the struggles in your life were because you were black, and it’s entirely possible that whatever obstacles you met in life would have been that much harder to overcome if your skin color had been black. Two men with HS degrees – one a black man with no criminal history, the other a white man with a conviction – the white man has an easier time finding a job – that’s the kind of researched and statistical analysis that the original white person posting the question doesn’t want to hear. Two identical resumes, one with a “black sounding name” the other with a “white sounding name” and the white names get called in for interviews far more often. And we white folks question whether or not race was a motivating factor in discrimination all the time. Last night Adele beat Beyonce for Best Album of the Year at the Grammy’s and people on my facebook feed want to pretend like race wasn’t a factor in that absurdity. Adele herself said Bey deserves the award.