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Old 04-19-2014, 08:25 AM  
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Topeka Parents trying to Just say No to Wookie




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 06-10-2014, 02:06 PM   #91
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Monitor your family so we can Donald Sterling them if they say something bad. Wokie should have stuck with trying to control the kids lunches; instead libs want to control people's thoughts.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:16 PM   #92
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:34 PM   #93
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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...
Hidden meaning? Did you actually read the quote?

Here's the quote. What on Earth do you need clarification of?

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“There’s no court case against believing in stereotypes or thinking that certain kinds of hateful jokes or comments are funny. So the answers to many of our challenges today can’t necessarily be found in our laws,” Obama said. “As you go forth, when you encounter folks who still hold the old prejudices because they’ve only been around folks like themselves, when you meet folks who think they know all the answers because they’ve never heard any other viewpoints, it’s up to you to help them see things differently.”

“Maybe that starts simply in your own family, when grandpa tells that off-colored joke at Thanksgiving, or you’ve got an aunt talks about ‘those people’. Well, you can politely inform them that they’re talking about your friends,” Obama continued. “Because this issue is so sensitive, is so complicated, so bound up with a painful history. And we need your generation to help us break through. We need all of you to ask the hard questions and have the honest conversations, because that is the only way we will heal the wounds of the past and move forward to a better future.”
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:46 PM   #94
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I don't see what was so controversial about those statements.
Yeah, this is getting ridiculous.

Her message to these kids is that a change in culture starts at home and ending racism can start by ending subtle racism. You know...like calling a Black Woman an ape/sasquatch like creature....

Somehow that message gets contorted into "Thought Crime" whatever the **** that is.
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Old 06-10-2014, 02:49 PM   #95
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Monitor your family so we can Donald Sterling them if they say something bad. Wokie should have stuck with trying to control the kids lunches; instead libs want to control people's thoughts.
There's too much evidence of your stupidty to believe that this is mere trolling. You're stupid.
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:22 PM   #96
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:29 PM   #97
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Yeah, this is getting ridiculous.

Her message to these kids is that a change in culture starts at home and ending racism can start by ending subtle racism. You know...like calling a Black Woman an ape/sasquatch like creature....

Somehow that message gets contorted into "Thought Crime" whatever the **** that is.
Was it racist when people used to call Janet Reno the same thing for being thick, amazonian and otherwise manly? They called Janet Reno a "greased wookie" on Saturday Night Live, even.
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I think Michelle is attractive. I don't get the wookie thing. So she's wide through the hops. Even Beyonce is on the thick side and she's a star.
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:14 PM   #99
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Hidden meaning? Did you actually read the quote?

Here's the quote. What on Earth do you need clarification of?
Good point. I read it, but I was being nice too...

But I know this, next time I hear somebody call somebody a "kracka", or "whitey", I'm calling the cops... It's a painful history that's got to end!

The price of my pain IS JUST TOO DAMN HIGH!!!!!!
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Old 06-10-2014, 05:47 PM   #100
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Yeah, this is getting ridiculous.

Her message to these kids is that a change in culture starts at home and ending racism can start by ending subtle racism. You know...like calling a Black Woman an ape/sasquatch like creature....

Somehow that message gets contorted into "Thought Crime" whatever the **** that is.
So calling a white woman the same name is OK? Just curious... Oh wait, I have a feeling you're going to play the worn-out "history" card. Funny how equality is what we want/strive for, right until we get it, then it's wrong. Like higher education, selective equality..
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Old 06-10-2014, 09:54 PM   #101
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I wonder if her message was directed at blacks too. I doubt it.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:17 AM   #102
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Yeah, this is getting ridiculous.

Her message to these kids is that a change in culture starts at home and ending racism can start by ending subtle racism. You know...like calling a Black Woman an ape/sasquatch like creature....

Somehow that message gets contorted into "Thought Crime" whatever the **** that is.
Yeah, no one really called her an ape like creature.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:28 AM   #103
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:40 AM   #104
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So calling a white woman the same name is OK? Just curious... Oh wait, I have a feeling you're going to play the worn-out "history" card. Funny how equality is what we want/strive for, right until we get it, then it's wrong. Like higher education, selective equality..
You want to act like "the worn out history card" has no meaning. You can't just erase it and pretend like it doesn't matter. When our country has a history of depicting black people as monkeys, it's kind of a bad look to compare a black person to a monkey these days. Yes, history matters whether you like it or not.

Its in poor taste and these are the things republicans need to understand if they're ever going to shed the "racist" stereotype.

You can deny it and be stubborn all you want. I don't care. You're the one perpetuating the problem not me.
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Old 06-11-2014, 09:43 AM   #105
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Yeah, no one really called her an ape like creature.
Are you going to give me the bullshit, "A wookie is an Alien, dur" argument? To try to tell me that a wookie doesn't have an uncanny resemblance to a big-foot or an ape-man is pretty stupid.
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