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Old 04-19-2014, 09:25 AM  
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TOPEKA, Kan. — If expanding the guest list to include Michelle Obama at graduation for high school students in the Kansas capital city means fewer seats for friends and family, some students and their parents would prefer the first lady not attend.

A furor over what the Topeka school district considers an honor has erupted after plans were announced for Obama to address a combined graduation ceremony for five area high schools next month an 8,000-seat arena. For some, it was the prospect of a tight limit on the number of seats allotted to each graduate. For others, it was the notion that Obama’s speech, tied to the 60th anniversary of the US Supreme Court’s decision in Brown v. Board of Education outlawing segregation in schools, would overshadow the student’s big day.

“I’m a single mother who has raised him for 18 years by myself,” said Tina Hernandez, parent of Topeka High School senior Dauby Knight. “I’ve told him education is the only way out. This is one of the biggest days of their lives. They’ve taken the glory and shine from the children and put on Mrs. Obama. She doesn’t know our kids.”

Hernandez was among the parents and students who spoke Thursday at a school board meeting and urged district officials to reconsider their decision to invite Obama. Ron Harbaugh, spokesman for the Topeka school district, said Friday discussions were under way to work out the logistics and planning for the event, including how many tickets each family would be allotted.

“We will have a clearer picture of what’s going on,” Harbaugh said.
Harbaugh said officials asked the president or first lady to speak at graduation as a tie-in with the anniversary of the Brown decision, which outlawed school segregation. The district plans to place a priority on seating students and their families, and could broadcast the event to an overflow room at a hotel adjacent to the graduation arena for those unable to find a seat inside.
That’s not good enough for Taylor Gifford, 18, who started an online petition Thursday evening to urge the district to reconsider its plans. She and the more than 1,200 people who had signed it expressed concern that Obama’s visit would limit the seating options for family and friends.
“I really would like it to have a peaceful solution, but there is so much misinformation going on,” Gifford said.

Gifford said her initial reaction to the news was excitement, saying she was “freaking out” about the prospect of the first lady speaking at graduation. When rumors of limited tickets surfaced, Gifford felt like the focus was being shifted from the students to Obama.

“People think it’s a great opportunity, but it’s the graduates’ time. They are getting that diploma that they worked so hard for,” Gifford said. “Families are feeling that they are being cheated out of the loved ones special day.”

Abbey Rubottom, 18, a Topeka High senior, described herself as a “die-hard Democrat” but doesn’t like the idea of Obama sharing the stage with graduates.
“No disrespect for the first lady, and it’s amazing that she wants to come speak, I just think it doesn’t belong at graduation,” Rubottom said.

Rubottom suggested separate ceremonies with Obama speaking at one and the address being replayed at the other.

Some people have said bringing in the first lady politicizes the graduation. Others have suggested that if she wants to mark the Brown anniversary, she could just visit the historic site that commemorates the decision, which is just few blocks from the graduation venue.
The Brown site is housed in a former all-black school where the lead plaintiff’s daughter and another plaintiff’s child in the desegregation case were students. It tells the story of the 1954 Supreme Court decision.

Messages seeking comment from the first lady’s office in Washington were not immediately returned Friday.
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:48 PM   #76
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:53 PM   #77
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:06 AM   #79
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...out of education and anything else unConstitutional
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:08 AM   #80
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Why do you feel the need to speak on subjects you clearly have ZERO clue about?

I am beyond tired of your racist ignorant bullshit.
Hispanic isn't a race.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:19 AM   #81
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So, I cited my sources on my comment about them not being social conservatives. You can now safely say I wasn't "full of shit". If you need more proof.......



Gun Control:
An April report by the Pew Center found that Latinos are more likely to favor strict gun control laws that either whites or African-Americans. http://nbclatino.com/2012/07/22/opin...-in-the-futur/

Gay Marriage:
Hispanic voters were more likely than other voters to say they would approve if their state recognized same-sex marriage, according to preliminary exit poll results. Nearly six-in-ten Latino voters (59%) said their state should legally recognize same-sex marriage
http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics...-gay-marriage/


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The Kaiser Family Foundation, which has been doing regular polls on Obamacare, shows 46 percent of Latinos have a favorable view of Obamacare, with 29 percent having an unfavorable one. In September, the same poll showed a 54-24 split.
http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/...-on-obamacare/

Big Government:
Hispanics are more likely than the general public to say they would rather have a bigger government which provides more services than a smaller government which provides fewer services.

Some 75% of Hispanics hold this view; just 19% say they prefer a smaller government. By contrast, just 41% of the public at large voice support for a bigger government.
http://www.pewresearch.org/daily-num...or-government/

They Even Call Themselves Liberal:
Latinos are more likely than other Americans to say they’re liberal, according to a poll out Wednesday. Three out of 10 Latino adults say they consider themselves liberal compared to 21 percent of the general U.S. public, the Pew Hispanic Center’s 2011 National Survey of Latinos poll found. And more native-born Hispanics than immigrant Hispanics say they are “very liberal” or “liberal,” 34 percent to 27 percent.
http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0412/74835.html
Well, they do come from countries that are big govt and lean socialist if not socialist. There's a high concentration of socialist states in SA. So I don't understand why they come to America, if it's to work because we have more opportunity--then they turn around and vote for the things that destroy it.

98% of my daughter's college friends and roomates are Hispanic, usually Colombians from the Miami area. Some of them are conservative on social issues at least for themselves. Like like waiting to marry to have sex etc. However, her roomate, Colombian, is essentially a communist--thinks everyone should be equal and despises Republicans.

Funny how I've a white male friend that moved from Miami, not too long ago, because he said the South American influx was turning the place into a Third World country.
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:15 AM   #82
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Um, let's see...how about...What she said is a million miles from what the ridiculous article paraphrased her as saying.

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Old 06-10-2014, 11:33 AM   #83
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Old 06-10-2014, 11:37 AM   #84
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One has to wonder what'll happen when any black kid reports his parents for not liking whitey?

I think it'll be wise to make sure all those little kids in the hood can get "mommy" (who doesn't know who their daddy is [or doesn't want to admit to it]), who's shacking-up with some other doode they don't like, in trouble for not liking whitey.

I'd pay Holders kid to be honest enough to report daddy for hating whitey...
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I don't see what was so controversial about those statements.
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Old 06-10-2014, 12:05 PM   #86
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I don't see what was so controversial about those statements.
Perhaps the hidden meaning and agenda. That's why I'd like to see what would happen if the most racists group in the U.S. were the first to take her up on her advice. Then we'd get the "clarification" to her request...
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Perhaps the hidden meaning and agenda. That's why I'd like to see what would happen if the most racists group in the U.S. were the first to take her up on her advice. Then we'd get the "clarification" to her request...
Unfortunately for them, we don't yet have thoughtcrime here, so who would they report them to? It sounds like she is just saying kids should confront racism.

Don't make me defend her
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I don't see what was so controversial about those statements.
Thank you.
See--even one of CP's most irrational Obama haters thinks you all are being dumbasses.
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Perhaps the hidden meaning and agenda. That's why I'd like to see what would happen if the most racists group in the U.S. were the first to take her up on her advice. Then we'd get the "clarification" to her request...
The "hidden meaning!"

Yeah, she hid it so ****ing well that no one outside of a few off-the-charts whackos even noticed it.
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