May 26, 2010

There has been a lot made out of what happened when a history teacher at Lumpkin County High School allowed her students to don KKK outfits at school for a history project.  I personall think the only thing the teacher did wrong was not to inform her superiors or the parents about what was going on.  There are some very disturbing things that happened in the past and that continue to happen to this day, but I don't think the Klan is the biggest problem facing black people.  For me, I think activist John Evans sums this situation up the best: 
One older civil rights activist in that Atlanta area said the flap over the Klan clothing is a distraction from more urgent issues confronting African-Americans today.

Ariemma may have erred by failing to inform her superiors about her plans, said activist John Evans. But even blacks stage reenactments of killings by whites, he said by phone Tuesday.

"White folk murdered and raped and robbed black folk back in the day. It's part of history," said Evans, a former president of the DeKalb County branch of the NAACP. "Now, if you're teaching history, aren't you supposed to include that?"

Evans, 77, now heads an activist group called Operation Lead and is a current vice president of the DeKalb NAACP though he said he wasn't speaking for that group.

He said he could understand why a black student at the high school would complain. "But now, you get older, and things like that are not very exciting," he said. Instead, blacks should worry about making and saving money and building their own businesses, he said.

"To be influential in this country you got to have yourself some coins," Evans said. "We've got more important things to worry about than something that happened 100 years ago." source

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