Laura H. Carnell Elementary School
Dear Mrs. Flynn,
I fondly remember the ten years I spent in elementary school. We respected our teachers back then. We loved them with all the love we could gather within our little hearts. A kind word from a teacher made our world a happy, joyous place.
Our love and respect made us loyal to our teachers. It's why we all took Mrs. Nelson's side when she slugged Mrs. Goldman after she complained about making her son pray. Mrs. Nelson deserved our love. She taught us to sing, "Up with People" so we wouldn't fall prey to the enticements of hippies. But more than that, she deserved our love because she was our teacher.
It's sad you don't get the same respect and love from your students. That's what the Pennsylvania Human Rights Commission Decision On The Valley School Swimming Pool Discrimination Case seems to say. By now you've read it. It was the investigation into why black kids were banned from your club's swimming pool.
When investigators asked the black kids who had said, "Why are there black kids here? I am afraid they will do something to my kids , and they might steal some of my stuff," one child responded, "It was teacher; it was Mrs. Flynn."
I wonder how that child felt when his teacher told him he was too black to join her family in the pool. I hope he was feeling disloyalty. I imagine you were devastated by it. It's hard for me to understand how the innocent love a child has for his teacher could be subverted in such a way.
Now, of course, you'll be called a racist.
White people can't get a break these days. If you say "Obama hates white culture," or you throw a fit because black kids are in your pool, everyone will start calling you a racist.
You're going to have to be very careful at school. You can't make the black kids sit at the back of the room. You can't ignore them when they need help. You can't make cracks about nappy hair. You'll have to pretend to treat them equally. You might even have to hug one of them.
That's the America we live in today.
Heterosexually yours in a chaste, biblically appropriate, and bleached pool kind of way,
Gen. JC Christian, patriot
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