Idaho School Teachers Dress as Mexican Stereotypes, Border Wall


#41

This, if true, is the most bothersome part. My goodness, since when do we feel the need to pacify anyone for appearances sake? In the words of Dr Seuss, “say what you mean and mean what you say.”


#42

Probably depends on the context, but then again I don’t know what eating watermelon and fried chicken has to do with black people, so I must be missing something.


#43

It’s an old stereotype and was often used in overtly racist cartoons of black people.


#44

If it’s meant to hurt and ridicule, it would not be ok. In this case though, it’s pretty clear, at least to me, that this was not the intention, it was just to depict a current issue that happens to involve Mexicans - it is not a statement about Mexicans being somehow inferior, which is what racism would be. I wish people wouldn’t take themselves so seriously sometimes.


#45

But don’t you see how that distinction might be lost on a middle schooler? Teachers need to remember that they’re dealing with children. I know the kids weren’t there, but it’s pretty easy to foresee it getting out there.

And to be clear, I’m not saying they’re like the worst people ever and they need to be fired. But I do think a “what were you idiots thinking” reprimand is appropriate.


#46

Free speech is about the ability to freely express your ideas. The reaction of society is your responsibility. Yes, this was very offensive and likely done on school time or certainly with people knowing they all worked at the same school. It makes you wonder who is teaching our children.

Your one opinion does not make it funny, and really, you aren’t Mexican anyway.


#47

I am and I couldn’t care less.


#48

Call it racism or not, but stereotyping people is not charitable.

I don’t see how your background information makes this any better.

It’s not the activity that’s the problem. It is how they approached it.

The last time I checked, doing something behind closed doors does not make it OK. Also, the last time I checked, posting a picture means that it is no longer behind closed doors.

And they generally don’t include stereotyping people.


#49

Then you are guilty of wrong think and your opinion is no longer valid. Please go to your nearest re education camp.


#50

Not again.


#51

Kids are smarter than we give them credit for. If a kid misunderstands something or is confused or offended, the job of a parent is to explain what the consume means, instead of expecting adults to dumb down their activities to children’s level just because they work with kids and kids might see the pictures. I’m pretty sure the reason a kid might be offended to begin with is that he hears from parents and the leftist media that the wall is somehow anti-Mexican.


#52

Okay, but I don’t see how what these teachers did was racist.


#53

Especially considering Mexican isn’t a race.

It may be jingoistic and nationalist, but it’s nit racist.


#54

That’s really sad.


#56

How is it racist?


#57

It’s not racist in the sense that jumping someone in an alley and beating them because of their race is racist, of course. It’s much milder than that. But it’s still something we can acknowledge as inappropriate and in poor taste.


#58

Okay, but that doesn’t explain how it’s racist. I mean this in the kindest way possible.


#59

Do you know what blackface is?


#60

Yes.

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#61

Do you understand why that’s offensive?


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