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By Betty Freauf
February 10, 2004
On January 23, 2004 the following guest opinion was published in our local fishwrapper called the Salem Statesman Journal. It was written by Rachel Rutkowski.
The title given to her article was Teach Tolerance to Children:
Last Friday afternoon, my 1-year-old daughter and I went to pick up my other child and a friend from school. We stood in front of the school waiting for the kids to come out.
Two boys who were chasing one another happened to be running my way. When they got within arm's length, the boy in front yells, "He just called me a nigger. He just called me a nigger!" At that moment, I felt like I was standing there all alone, holding my multiracial child.
I made a prompt phone call to the school. The assistant principal assured me that the children have been learning about racism and diversity this week.
It's not the schools responsibility to sit our children down and talk to them specifically about words that are not to be used. I do believe if the boys had been yelling profanities, it would have gotten more attention from parents and students who were also outside the school.
Despite our personal beliefs and teachings we have in our own homes, we must remember the language and attitudes we teach our children are what they are using in public.
When my child is in school, I wonder if teachers' ears are alert as mine. If these boys are so quick to use that type of language in front of me (an adult African-American woman), what's being said to my child on the playground?
Out of love and concern for my children, it is my responsibility to remind parents to take the time to sit your kids down and teach them how to live in a multicultural community.
In public and in the workplace, we are sometimes forced to tolerate those who in any other situation we would choose not to be in their company.
If we can't do this, it is our choice to remove ourselves from the situation. Our children do not have this choice in school. So maybe we are all forced to teach our children to be tolerant.
Rachel is from Salem, Oregon. She is a stay-at-home mother of two children. She can be reached at [email protected]
I responded in my allowable 200 word letter to the editor:
Is it possible the two little boys in Rachel Rutkoswki's 1/23 guest opinion were white and never heard the word nigger until it was taught to them in the racism and diversity class? Such a negative name has long been eliminated in the vocabulary of most parents and now only used by black rappers.
An increase in sexual transmitted diseases, illegitimate babies and future tax payers have been aborted since sex education was taught in the schools. The animal rights curriculum causes science labs to be burned.
Children are being taught cutting trees is bad so our forests burn from lack of proper management, animals die and the schools lose revenue.
A logger was called to cut down trees on property near a lawyer's home in the Salem area. This lawyer's son called the logger a killer and said he was going to have his dad sue him.
Just as outlawing guns won't stop crime neither will the perceived injustice in this rotten world be stopped by teaching about them in school. It only fuels the flames. Instead, return to old-fashioned academics so our kids will learn to read, write, spell and do basic math without a calculator.
I got the following response to my letter from the editorial page editor, Dick Hughes:
We can't run your letter. It's incorrect to say the word is only used by black rappers. Unfortunately, I hear people use it in Salem, including kids when I'm walking by schools. Your letter has a number of generalization that go beyond opinion.
Dick's e-mail is: [email protected] Visit the paper at www.statesmanjournal.com
In retrospect I suppose I should not have used the words "now only" used by black rappers but I'd already said that the word was no longer in the vocabulary of "most" parents. Then he said I made generalizations that went beyond opinion which led me to believe no matter how hard I would have tried to become politically correct, I would not be published so I'm getting a lot more coverage on News With Views.
Had my 200 word allotment not ran out, I could have added, among other things, we've seen an increase in teenage suicides since the death education classes are being taught in the public schools.
Rachel was correct when she indicated children cannot move away from mean-spirited, name calling kids. Likewise, the children are a captive audience by educators bent on teaching the politically correct agenda to the children without informed parental consent.
I felt as though Rachel also had made generalizations that went beyond opinion and yet she was given a guest opinion whereas I am only allowed 200 words a few times a year.
Censorship is alive and well with the media moguls and they seem to be so intertwined with government policies it is hard to differentiate the "free press" from government propaganda. But is this new? Absolutely not. In the book THE REAL LINCOLN (C) 2002 it said that by September 1861 Lincoln stifled all opposition press in New York City with the help of military force. Could the biased news we get today be considered a conspiracy?
I vaguely remember writing a letter to the editor in the 80s, as I recall. It got published but then a nasty rebuttal came along. It is rare when I get such a response so I tried to run down the source through the phone book, the election's office, city directories, etc. in both the county where I live and the adjoining county. This mysterious respondent was no where to be found. I spoke to another person very familiar with staff members at the Statesman at that time. He laughed and indicated the type of response looked very similar to the writing of one of the Statesman's editorial staff members.
Now, my current letter probably upset Dick because a March 9, 2002 Statesman Journal article written by him indicated his father was a staunch American Baptist minister who raised his family with an ecumenical outlook and religious put downs were not tolerated in his house and neither were racist and other offensive remarks about people and they were taught to stand up for their beliefs.
Gee, I think that's great but what if their beliefs clash with the beliefs of another and they just happen to control the editorial page of the local paper? Would they dare publish an incognito rebuttal?
It is interesting to note that the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches (both communist fronts) were the ones who spearheaded the ecumenical movement throughout the world and their agendas line up nearly perfectly with the United Nations which promotes diversity. Robert Muller says in his book NEW GENESIS, "The world's major religions must speed up dramatically their ecumenical movement and recognize the unity of their objectives in the diversity of cults..."
Robert Muller is a one-world government, one-world religion New age occultist and active in the U.N. Of course, the ecumenical movement is the "right flank" of the united religions movement whereas the "left flank" is the environmental, New Age and Eastern religions.
A joke in the April 1998 Reader's Digest will bring a chuckle to this otherwise serious matter. It goes like this: At an Ecumenical round-table discussion, various religious leaders tried to answer the question, when does life start? "At conception," said the Catholic Priest. "No, No" said the Presbyterian minister, "It beings at birth." "It's in between" said the Baptist. "Life begins at 12 weeks when the fetus develops a functional heartbeat." "I disagree with all of you," said the Rabbi. "Life begins when your last child leaves home and takes the dog with him."
I said nothing negative about another race. I hear black rappers use that ugly term all the time. That's why I included it in my article and I'd also surmise the two little boys which Rachel mentioned were white and they didn't have the foggiest idea what the term even meant and most of all, they didn't recognize Rachel as an African-American but just another mother waiting for her child in the school yard. They heard that demeaning word in school that week so they were trying out their new word which will remain with them forever and that's why the public schools should get out of the politically correct business.
And if you wonder why today's children's vocabulary amounts to "you know...." Matthew James in his book HOMESCHOOLYING ODYSSEY (c) 1998 says our public schools, self-proclaimed guardians against censorship limit a student's vocabulary growth to 50-new words per grade level. He says at that rate, the graduating high school senior would fall short of an adult vocabulary by 10 or 20 thousand words. He goes on to say that dumbed-down readers do more damage, obviously then just limited vocabulary. They stunt the growth of the child's mind when the learning curve is nearly vertical. Therefore, should we be surprised that the majority of Americans hate to read and thanks to T.V. their attention span is short?
And what type of books do we have in our libraries and schools these days? In Salem someone tried to donate a book to our library on central banking, i.e. the Federal Reserve and the library turned it down because it was "too political." Since when is truth too political? Will the real book burners please stand up?
Recently an old black and white newsreel called "A & E In the Classroom" was on T.V. It was about the founding of the United Nations and other events such as how it intended to avoid nuclear war, etc. Dag Hammarskjold was made out to be a hero and any part showing Alger Hiss as a card-carrying communist was cut out. Dag Hammarskjold authored the book CHAMPION OF WORLD PEACE. Dag was once United Nations secretary and at the time of its construction in 1957, the U.N. Meditation Room was said by Hammarskjold to represent the unity of all world religions - just as the bible says: One World Religion with the One-world Anti-Christ soon to come on the scene supposedly bringing peace to this chaotic world.
Many of you remember the speech that caused quite a stir in the Kansas State Legislature a few years ago when Dr. Joe Wright prayed:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and seek Your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe to those who call evil good," but that's exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equillibrium and inverted our values. We confess that: We have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it moral pluralism; We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism; We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle; We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery; We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation; We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare; We have killed our unborn and called it choice; We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable; We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem; We have abused power and called it political savvy; We have coveted our neighbors' possessions and called it ambition; We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression; We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin and set us free. Guide and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas, and who have been ordained by you, to govern this great state. Grant them Your wisdom to rule and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will. I ask it in the name of your Son, the Living Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen." Let's face it folks, it's long been revealed America is in a culture war which we cannot afford to lose and while I could not find the person that refuted the letter I wrote to the local newspaper editor years ago, the Internet so far allows us to print our opinions without censorship and let the readers decide who the real censors are. Let them decide what is fair and balanced.
� 2004 Betty Freauf - All Rights Reserved
Betty is a former Oregon Republican Party activist having served as state party secretary, county chairman, 5th congressional vice chairman and then elected chairman, and a precinct worker for many years. Betty is a researcher, freelance journalist and a regular contributor to www.NewsWithViews.com. E-Mail: [email protected]
"It is interesting to note that the National Council of Churches and the World Council of Churches (both communist fronts) were the ones who spearheaded the ecumenical movement throughout the world and their agendas line up nearly perfectly with the United Nations which promotes diversity."