Friday, June 02, 2006

Seattle Now Thinks that MLK Was Unsuccessful

Yesterday, I blogged about Seattle Public School's laughable racism policy. As I noted and the the Seattle newspaper reports today, they have now taken down their controversial description of racism and replaced it with another statement sure to rile people up. Part of that explanation had this sentence in it.
Our intention is not to put up additional barriers or develop an “us against them” mindset, nor is it to continue to hold onto unsuccessful concepts such as a melting pot or colorblind mentality.
So, apparently, the school system now thinks that Martin Luther King's plea for a society where his children could be judged by the content of their character rather than the color of their skin is a rejected and unsuccessful goal in Seattle.

It shows how far we've come in our approaches to race these days that what was a noble statement by Martin Luther King over 40 years ago is today a sign of racism itself.

I remember when I was young that the concept of the United States being a Melting Pot was taught in school as something desirable. I still remember my social studies book with a picture of a big pot and stereotype drawings of Irishmen, Italians, Africans, and Chinese going into the pot and coming out wearing red, white, and blue Uncle Sam sorts of outfits. Now, that message is racist. In education workshops, I have been told that we shouldn't talk about a melting pot but a tossed salad. We needed to celebrate all cultures and look at the divisions among them rather than talking about an American culture.

Years ago, Al Gore earned derision for mistranslating our national motto of e pluribus unum as "out of one, many." Sadly, his mistranslation is now becoming public school policy.