Friday, March 23, 2007

Harassment Defined Re; Emmett Till LA Controversy

Editor's Note: The following comment is from a Connecticut public school teacher. See prior posting, "Firing Teachers Who Encourage Students To Think."

This article is of particular interest since I've arranged with teachers on my 7th grade team to teach Nelson's book at the end of April when we are going to have some "multicultural" awareness events in our school.

It is a tough subject, a lynching, but Marilyn Nelson handled it so beautifully in her book. The incident was not, in my mind, about sexual harrassment. It was about racism and oppression and violence. Till was a boy, a black boy in a society where even adult blacks had very little power; harrassment usually involves someone with MORE power using it against someone with LESS power.

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