YES! You've said it all. I'm a black teacher as well and I agree with absolutely everything you've said.
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It is not dwelling on the past. The past is not the past. You must remember the past because it has been said history repeats itself. It is important for all black people to be educated on their history. It's nothing about being racist towards white people it's a culture thing and our ancestors had to go through many things to get us where we are now. We celebrate being free Americans by retelling the American Revolution and singing songs of patriotism. What makes black history a "dwelling" on the past issue? I understand there are some black people that abuse the phrase "Its because I'm black" but we can't ignore the racism that still exists today. Just because you have a black friend doesn't mean you are not a racist. I have many white friends who do not care for black people and they are my friends. I personally judge people on the content of their character and would never use the phrase "I'm not racist, I have white friends." You are making it about color when it should not be the issue. Believe me the minorities that are successful have not realized the past is the past. They know their history and whether you want to believe it or not struggled a little more to get to where they are now (look at Oprah). I am a successful young black woman. I am a teacher. I went to college, I'm 23 and I pay my own bills and live in a house in a suburban neighborhood. I got here because I worked hard not because I left the past in the past. I know you won't really understand what I am talking about but my main focus is to let you know that the way you express yourself in your comment makes you seem racist and just as determined as this young girl school is to see her fail. May God bless you and hopefully open all of our eyes to see the error of our ways.
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