Idaho School Teachers Dress as Mexican Stereotypes, Border Wall


#1

They are being “punished” with paid administrative leave and “sensitivity” training.

Where Mexicans were clearly stereotyped and ridiculed, and from our own faith perspective that racism is a sin, should these teachers endure greater consequences?


#2

Probably not.


#3

I think it’s actually an overreaction. People make these things such a big deal.


#4

Are you Hispanic?
I would not rest until these people are all fired.


#5

I think termination from their job would be just in this case.

They have shown that they lack a properly formed conscience, and therefore have no business teaching children - for if the blind lead the blind, they both fall into a ditch.


#6

Uhhh…

Since when is promotion of bigotry, racism, xenophobia, intolerance, hatred, and callousness not a big deal?


#7

It’s a Halloween costume. Perhaps some are offended by it.


#8

It’s not a joke, it’s not funny, and it’s nothing to make light of.

Do you think the guy who dressed his son as Hitler and himself as Himmler was just an innocent halloween costume too?

Some things are too serious and too evil to “joke” about.

How would you feel if a mother dressed up as a doctor and dressed up her daughter as an aborted fetus?


#9

Here’s another good one for next year:

Let’s have a bunch of teachers that are middle-aged white men, dress up as follows:

  1. One half get a bunch of large, clear plastic panels
  2. The other men dress up as housewives and smartly dressed businesswomen

See - the “Glass Ceiling”! Funny!

Now walk around a middle school and show all your 9-10 year old students.
Remember, DON’T OVERREACT - It’s all in fun!


#10

The things which you describe aren’t comparable to what these teachers did. That’s intellectually dishonest.

When I consider the definition of racism, I don’t see how what these teachers are doing is racist.


#11

How would you feel if a mother dressed like a doctor and her daughter like an aborted fetus?

And yes, dressing up like a wall and mexicans is extremely racist. It’s a way of dehumanizing and trivializing the very real and serious sufferings of many human beings.


#12

It’s not like the crime of the century, and a Hitler analogy is overblown. It is still, however, colossally poor judgment and insensitive to Hispanic kids. Maybe they shouldn’t be fired, but being publicly shamed as morons seems appropriate.


#13

I think a suspension in lieu of sensitivity training is a very merciful and light punishment.

Again, IMO they should be terminated.


#14

I disagree


#15

Well it appears we’ve reached an impasse and will have to agree to disagree.

I feel good knowing that the Bishops and Pope would agree with me, however. (Maybe not on the punishment aspect, but that what they did was utterly unacceptable and unChristian.)


#16

Are they being punished for violating a school guideline? If not the school district is in violation of their 1st Amendment rights.


#17

1st Amendment rights don’t apply when other people’s rights are being infringed upon.

Inciting racial tension in a public school setting infringes on the rights of every minority in that institution, thereby rendering null and void the “right” for the wall-dressers to do what they did.


#18

Not true.

Apparently, kids were not even present at this time as it was after school hours and a costume contest and team building activity for staff members. The winners would receive 20 minutes extra on their break time. The goal of this exercise was to create a outfit that represented a certain country and stereotypes. There were outfits to represent France, Japan, Germany, Etc. The reason the Mexican group and the USA group was pictured is because they won, because they were the easiest things to dress as, because there are very clear stereotypes for these countries. Not even all the teachers are Republicans or support the wall.

People may want to learn the background and facts before so blindly following the media and making judgements.


#19

Yeah, I thought the kids weren’t present:


#20

I don’t see what the big deal is? The costumes were not about racism, they were not anti-Mexican; they were anti illegal alien. Maybe it’s offensive to some individuals who don’t believe in enforcing the law and the right of a country to protect its borders, but in and of themselves they don’t depict anything evil.


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