Just when I think I’ve got a grip on the people in my state, I get surprised. I was sent an e-mail yesterday by a friend whose child goes to Mohawk High School. Maybe you’ve seen them in the news recently? This little school is making national headlines. The story? A history teacher had the “audacity” to have a student dress in a Ku Klux Klan costume for class as part of his lesson. The picture a student took that has gone viral does show the teacher smiling. Do we know the context of this? Absolutely not, unless we were in fact in that class. Who knows what was said at that particular moment. Sure, we all get that the Klan is not a fun part of our history. In fact in Pennsylvania, it’s not even totally in our history. It’s still very much alive and well today. Is that why this story has gone viral? Was someone upset because they’re a current member, and how dare someone teach their children that the Klan is not a nice part of our history? Or is it just another case of “the white man keeping the black man down?” Frankly, that argument is old, and is only valid for so many centuries. In either case, it’s not like the teacher had a stripper in class. He was making a very relevant and valid point about our nation’s history, and it has now been taken out of context and blown out of proportion. It’s obvious some people can’t learn from history.
Amanda Griffiths sometimes feels as though she's running a zoo instead of a home. With two active autistic boys, they often make the noise of six kids. Pepper in some Army life and cyber schooling for spice, and it's organized chaos at best. When visiting, please don't feed the animals. They have food allergies.