Regarding racist symbols (Confederate flag and Ku Klux Klan cross) included in the Computech Middle School yearbook, I have questions. The teacher in whose classroom the symbols were displayed said she did so for educational purposes.
These symbols represent years of slavery, hatred and Jim Crow laws. Had she taught her students the historically racist significance of these symbols, why would they have included them in the yearbook?
As reported, these symbols were displayed in the classroom for most of the year despite complaints from parents. Was this discussed in the classroom as a teaching moment? Apparently it was not. Why did the principal not insist that they be taken down when the complaints were raised?
When the yearbook came out and the symbols were discovered, why did the school board not insist they be completely replaced, not just voluntarily replaced?
Either the teacher, principal and school board are not aware of the effects these symbols have on the minority community or they do not care. Neither of these are acceptable in America in 2017.
We cannot solve the issue of racism if we are ignorant or ambivalent of the role it has played in our history.
Pat Roehl, Fresno