Meridian Star


April 8, 2012

Your Views


MERIDIAN — Archie McDonnell Jr.,

President & CEO Citizens National Bank and

David Watkins,

CEO Watkins Development LLC


‘Our Alma Mater’ response

    This is a response to the letter from April 1st titled "Our Alma Mater". In it, the author refers to "the masses of African-American children stuck in public schools being run by mostly non-African-American females." He goes on to say that these white teachers "just can't help these African-American females..."

    Is the author suggesting that the color of one's skin should be a determinant of his or her ability to perform certain tasks, teaching in particular?

    Isn't that called racism?

    My son is a white MPSD student. If I am to go along with the author's way of thinking, I guess I should request that my child have only white teachers for the remainder of his schooling. After all, a black teacher can't really "identify" with my white child, right?

    Wrong. The idea is


    Our schools -- just as they were when I came through MPSD -- are full of world-class educators of all types of racial and ethnic backgrounds.

    Further, what an absolute slap-in-the-face the author's comments are to the educational professionals of this community who go to work every day and give nothing less than one-hundred-percent of their lives to each and every child in the classroom.

    I sincerely hope that the author will rethink this opinion -- one that is false and unnecessarily hurtful.

Michael Van Veckhoven

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