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krispos42

(49,445 posts)
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 07:27 AM Sep 2020

"School decides to read book on Black astronaut to all students after parent complains about it"

School decides to read book on Black astronaut to all students after parent complains about it


Instead of giving in to the complaint by a parent in the Rockwood School District, the book will now be read to the entire elementary school.
Brian Kelly
September 04, 2020 - 9:45 am

WILDWOOD, Mo. (KMOX) - The Rockwood School District is responding to a parent's complaint about a book that was read to a second-grade class, by having it read to the entire school.

The book is called "Ron's Big Mission," written about Astronaut Ron McNair – the only Black member of the 1986 NASA Challenger crew. The book focuses on his fight to get a library card in segregated South Carolina when he was a kid growing up there in the 1950s.

But it apparently didn't sit well with one parent of Pond Elementary School.

After hearing it read to her 7-year-old during an online video chat, the parent urged other parents to "preview what we are letting the kids see on there." The statement was posted in a Facebook group for Concerned Parents of the Rockwood School District. The parent said she called the school about it.

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https://kmox.radio.com/articles/news/school-responds-to-complaint-about-book-on-black-astronaut


Amazing. Just amazing how people want to pretend slavery and segregating never happened in the past so they can be self righteous and tone deaf in the present.

Apologies if this has already been posted here.
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"School decides to read book on Black astronaut to all students after parent complains about it" (Original Post) krispos42 Sep 2020 OP
They want to pretend after slavery everything was great and after civil rights it was JI7 Sep 2020 #1
Hell, a lot of them want to pretend slavery itself was great, Dark n Stormy Knight Sep 2020 #39
What an excellent idea to combat racism! These children need to be educated about racism Illumination Sep 2020 #2
It sure as hell beats the way I learned acceptance (I won't stop at tolerance). CaptYossarian Sep 2020 #11
WOW CaptYossarian! Sorry for what you shouldn't have had to endure! Bullying is abuse Illumination Sep 2020 #13
I'm sure most DUers have had similar experiences with bullying. CaptYossarian Sep 2020 #22
Great advice. You're raising those girls RIGHT! The flag & book are very perceptive & show an Illumination Sep 2020 #30
Thank you. CaptYossarian Sep 2020 #40
I am so, so sorry for the behavior of my white cohorts. okaawhatever Sep 2020 #41
Thank you. CaptYossarian Sep 2020 #43
For me, I believe that experiences like yours give us a level of empathy okaawhatever Sep 2020 #44
Every syllable you posted is so very true. CaptYossarian Sep 2020 #45
I can't even imagine what her rationale was. What was the content of her warning.. LAS14 Sep 2020 #3
Her rationale was simple. ZenDem Sep 2020 #4
I'm curious about that too IronLionZion Sep 2020 #5
Doesn't sound like a misunderstanding. Aristus Sep 2020 #6
Aptly -- and accurately -- put RVN VET71 Sep 2020 #16
What in the bloody hell is there to object about that book? Pacifist Patriot Sep 2020 #7
I didn't know that book existed cagefreesoylentgreen Sep 2020 #8
Glad to see her bigotry blow up in her face. Kudos to the school. catbyte Sep 2020 #9
Sounds like her complaint encouraged more sales of the book. sl8 Sep 2020 #10
#1 Best Seller in Children's Social Activists Biographies (Amazon) left-of-center2012 Sep 2020 #12
This makes me cry!!!! I think it is wonderful!!! onecent Sep 2020 #14
had a nice NPR story corp about him when he was a kid during segregation in texas. pansypoo53219 Sep 2020 #15
Thank you. Link to video: sl8 Sep 2020 #26
So sorry no one in her family is successful at anything TNNurse Sep 2020 #17
Well, you've hit that on the head. PatrickforO Sep 2020 #20
Afr Am History will be a High School requirement in VA. djacq Sep 2020 #18
That's really cool. I'm glad to hear that. PatrickforO Sep 2020 #21
That helps for now. Lonestarblue Sep 2020 #25
❤️ ✿❧🌿❧✿ ❤️ Lucinda Sep 2020 #28
Some sort of class should be required for elementary school children. Ligyron Sep 2020 #32
Ah, the forces of racism rear their heads yet again. PatrickforO Sep 2020 #19
produ of your ignorance arnt you? AllaN01Bear Sep 2020 #23
Could have really rubbed it in her face... mwooldri Sep 2020 #24
That was done here where I live DFW Sep 2020 #33
KNR Lucinda Sep 2020 #27
many millions of americans llashram Sep 2020 #29
Sounds like just the kind of book all kids should read muriel_volestrangler Sep 2020 #31
I have a book for this sick parent DFW Sep 2020 #34
Astronaut Ron McNair died along with the rest of the crew in the Challenger explosion in 1986 MagickMuffin Sep 2020 #35
I enjoy Jean Michel Jarre's music but know nothing about this. crickets Sep 2020 #38
Mr McNair was an amazing human. littlemissmartypants Sep 2020 #36
Fantastic clapback, Pond Elementary! crickets Sep 2020 #37
that group is just a bunch of MAGAt nutcases Skittles Sep 2020 #42

JI7

(89,244 posts)
1. They want to pretend after slavery everything was great and after civil rights it was
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 07:36 AM
Sep 2020

actually white people, specifically straight xtian white men who were most oppressed .

We need to teach and learn about how life was at the individual level for people. We need these stories.

Dark n Stormy Knight

(9,760 posts)
39. Hell, a lot of them want to pretend slavery itself was great,
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 01:48 PM
Sep 2020

for the slaves. All those kindly old Masters and their benevolent ways toward their human property..

 

Illumination

(2,458 posts)
2. What an excellent idea to combat racism! These children need to be educated about racism
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:25 AM
Sep 2020

so they won't be brain washed into hating like their relatives & others. There needs to be an understanding & shift in thinking...

CaptYossarian

(6,448 posts)
11. It sure as hell beats the way I learned acceptance (I won't stop at tolerance).
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:59 AM
Sep 2020

My (white) family moved from inner-city Chicago to a small town in extreme northern Wisconsin. The kids there knew there were about 1 million blacks in Chicago. I was immediately nicknamed the N-word and repeatedly beaten/kicked by these hicks. A usual encounter would have 5 holding me down with 2 doing the damage, all the while shouting "N*****!". This even happened at recess with an adult monitor with her back turned.

The bumps and bruises have healed and I developed a profound amount of compassion and empathy for women and minorities because of those hellish years.

I can't thank them enough for their making me a better person, which has been passed down to my 2 daughters.

 

Illumination

(2,458 posts)
13. WOW CaptYossarian! Sorry for what you shouldn't have had to endure! Bullying is abuse
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:23 AM
Sep 2020

& abuse is never acceptable! I was bullied also. That's why I hate the Tramp in the W.H.! Also have always had a soft spot in my heart for the underdog...

CaptYossarian

(6,448 posts)
22. I'm sure most DUers have had similar experiences with bullying.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:57 AM
Sep 2020

That's why we're on this side of the aisle.

The trick is to "make lemonade" out of those memories. I've done that with my remarkable girls. One is currently making a BLM flag for her art class. She recently made a 20-page book on Dr. King's Dream speech and dedicated it to me.

It's a way of coping--by thumbing your nose at these Confederate wannabes.

(Jeez, it must be joke-free Sunday.)

 

Illumination

(2,458 posts)
30. Great advice. You're raising those girls RIGHT! The flag & book are very perceptive & show an
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:42 AM
Sep 2020

appreciation & love for the values you've instilled in them! There should be more parents like you. It would be a much better world!...

okaawhatever

(9,461 posts)
41. I am so, so sorry for the behavior of my white cohorts.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 04:56 PM
Sep 2020

It sickened me just to read about that kind of behavior. And, I suspect you’d have raised wonderful daughters no matter what happened to you in school.

CaptYossarian

(6,448 posts)
43. Thank you.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 06:00 PM
Sep 2020

I sometimes wonder how I would have turned out if those years hadn't happened that way. I might have become a jerk to fit in with the majority. I do know that my parents weren't racist and I hadn't really heard the N-word used in Chicago.

That town up north is still predominantly white and I'd guess that those kids had never met any blacks until they (may have) gone to college or served in the military. The blacks in their existence were all on TV or in pro sports.

(By "white cohorts", I'm getting the vibe that you think I'm black. I'm an olive-skinned white guy with a slightly detectable Chicago accent that I'll never give up for anything.)

I have already forgiven one girl in the group. That was earlier this year--about 30 years after she died in her late 20s. I'm not totally bitter, just reflective.

These are not my usual posts. Where are the jokes? Oh, yeah...Mar-A-Lago.

okaawhatever

(9,461 posts)
44. For me, I believe that experiences like yours give us a level of empathy
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 11:26 PM
Sep 2020

and understanding that few people possess. Having that knowledge and self-awareness enriches relationships in ways that others will never know.

Oh, and also a quote I like: forgiving isn’t forgetting, it’s remembering and letting go.

LAS14

(13,777 posts)
3. I can't even imagine what her rationale was. What was the content of her warning..
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:27 AM
Sep 2020

... on Facebook. "School read a book by a black astronaut?" Cheesh!

IronLionZion

(45,403 posts)
5. I'm curious about that too
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:33 AM
Sep 2020

if it was a racist who doesn't want kids to know black people can be astronauts or they are a segregation/Jim Crow denier and want to erase history. Or if it is something else entirely that the article left out, like a misunderstanding.

RVN VET71

(2,690 posts)
16. Aptly -- and accurately -- put
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:32 AM
Sep 2020

Ignorance is still rife, but judging from the reaction of the other parents to her post -- and to the wonderful response of the school -- it appears not to be as rife as I had feared.

For what it's worth, this goes out to all the squinty eyed, rage-fueled racist supremacists out there working at "they garages" or just "hangin' out to the general store" with their other toothless (metaphorically so, at least) racist buds: McNair held a PhD in Physics from M.I.T.

Stick that in your goddam "they's inferior to t'us white folks" pipe, light it up and put it, as the philosophers say, where the sun don't shine.

Pacifist Patriot

(24,653 posts)
7. What in the bloody hell is there to object about that book?
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:43 AM
Sep 2020

Other than it is by and about a black guy, I mean. Nice own goal there by a stupid bigot.

sl8

(13,702 posts)
10. Sounds like her complaint encouraged more sales of the book.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 08:54 AM
Sep 2020
[...]

Rockwood Education Equity and Diversity Director Brittany Hogan says the response from other parents supporting the book was immediate.

"They were saying this is amazing that they were buying copies of the book," Hogan says. "One of our parents came out and said she was going to purchase a copy for every second-grader at the elementary school that her children attends."

Hogan calls McNair, who died along with the rest of the crew in the Challenger explosion in 1986, a hero.

[...]

pansypoo53219

(20,966 posts)
15. had a nice NPR story corp about him when he was a kid during segregation in texas.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:27 AM
Sep 2020

made into a cartoon on PBS.

sl8

(13,702 posts)
26. Thank you. Link to video:
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:23 AM
Sep 2020

(Cross-posted to Video & Multimedia)



Eyes on the Stars

1,218,745 views

StoryCorps
286K subscribers
Published on Jan 27, 2013

On January 28, 1986, NASA Challenger mission STS-51-L ended in tragedy when the shuttle exploded 73 seconds after takeoff. On board was physicist Ronald E. McNair, who was the second African American to enter space. But first, he was a kid with big dreams in Lake City, South Carolina.

Funding Provided by:
Corporation for Public Broadcasting
National Endowment for the Arts

In partnership with POV.

Directed by: The Rauch Brothers
Art Direction: Bill Wray
Producers: Lizzie Jacobs & Mike Rauch
Animation: Tim Rauch
Audio Produced by: Michael Garofalo
Supervising Sound Recordist: Elaine Davenport
Music: Fredrik
Label: The Kora Records
Publisher: House of Hassle

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TNNurse

(6,926 posts)
17. So sorry no one in her family is successful at anything
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:36 AM
Sep 2020

and she is hurt to see a successful Black man.

Not really, I am not sorry at all.

PatrickforO

(14,566 posts)
20. Well, you've hit that on the head.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:45 AM
Sep 2020

Look at Obama. He was an excellent president. No indictments, all kinds of accomplishments, no drama, and lots of transparency.

But he had the temerity to do and be that while being black, and the Kluxers and Nazis just couldn't stand it. Seeing a successful black man in the presidency. So now we have Trump.

Sigh.

djacq

(1,633 posts)
18. Afr Am History will be a High School requirement in VA.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:39 AM
Sep 2020
Governor Northam Signs Executive Order Establishing Commission on African American History Education;

[link:https://bluevirginia.us/2019/08/governor-northam-signs-executive-order-establishing-commission-on-african-american-history-education|

Ending Systemic Racism starts with our youth.

Lonestarblue

(9,959 posts)
25. That helps for now.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:09 AM
Sep 2020

But what is needed is for traditional history books to remove the whitewashing that has been done over the last few decades and incorporate all people into the history of this country’s development. And we need to stop sanitizing history because parents don’t want their delicate children to know the horrors perpetrated by white people on others. It’s no wonder children grow up today with absolutely no understanding of anything but white history, even minority children. When courses are separate, it’s too easy to dismiss them as “their” history, which isn’t the real history of the country.

Sanitizing history means that slavery has been called immigration for work and images of the Holocaust are photos of camps, not the emaciated bodies of prisoners freed after WWII or the stacks of bodies waiting for cremation. Obviously, some of this needs to be age appropriate, but I still remember a television program from my childhood, from the 50s or early 60s, on the Holocaust that showed such images. They were seered on my brain, but I understood the evil things the Nazis had done. Today, such photos would most likely not be shown, and not in prime time, or they would come with a warning from the moderator that the content might be difficult to watch. If we never see difficult events, we can just go on believing they never happened. Today’s children are protected from so much that they grow up to be insensitive, ignorant adults—like Donald Trump.

Ligyron

(7,622 posts)
32. Some sort of class should be required for elementary school children.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:52 AM
Sep 2020

Heck, by the time they get into high school, they could be confirmed racists by then.

Maybe more like a tolerance of diversity class showing how a group or even a nation's strength springs from that and exposure to different cultures and ideas. Cause there are other darker than white skinned people in this country experiencing some degree of discrimination as well.

I know some more enlightened communities often have these type of classes taught at the elementary school level but those places aren't the ones who need them the most. Know what I mean?

Then when they get to HS do the Black Experience in the USA class.

PatrickforO

(14,566 posts)
19. Ah, the forces of racism rear their heads yet again.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 09:43 AM
Sep 2020

A 'concerned parent.'

Good for the administration of that school.

mwooldri

(10,302 posts)
24. Could have really rubbed it in her face...
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:09 AM
Sep 2020

... rename the school Ron McNair Elementary. That was the name chosen for a new elementary school in Greensboro a few years back. A magnet school with a focus on STEM - quite appropriate IMO.

DFW

(54,325 posts)
33. That was done here where I live
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:55 AM
Sep 2020

There is building near us that was the local Gestapo headquarters during World War II. After the war, it was made into an elementary school--the Anne Frank Elementary School!

llashram

(6,265 posts)
29. many millions of americans
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:36 AM
Sep 2020

at the encouragement of THEIR CIC have given themselves over to the darker nature of their spirits. Our country never came together to heal after slavery and the many generations of enforced segregation that ostensibly ended with the 64-65 Civil and Voting Rights Acts.

D. trump has given us a wake-up. Under his presidency it is now apparent that many still would like African-Americans forcibly segregated again and ALL other nonwhites classified as the S. Africans did under Smut to F.W. de Klerk.

To read a story such as this where parents want to wipe out African-American contributions to a still ungrateful racist population is sickening, disgusting and shameful. 400 years of this shit. All trump has shown me is American racism is here to stay and has enlightened me to just how many will actively keep racism as American as apple pie.

And at this moment I am picturing millions sitting in their church pews being told white supremacy is God-ordained.


muriel_volestrangler

(101,294 posts)
31. Sounds like just the kind of book all kids should read
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:48 AM
Sep 2020

Written for the right age group too:

Nine-year-old Ron loves going to the Lake City Public Library to look through all the books on airplanes and flight. Today, Ron is ready to take out books by himself. But in the segregated world of South Carolina in the 1950s, Ron’s obtaining his own library card is not just a small rite of passage—it is a young man’s first courageous mission. Here is an inspiring story, based on Ron McNair’s life, of how a little boy, future scientist, and Challenger astronaut desegregated his library through peaceful resistance.

6-8 years

https://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/books/298004/rons-big-mission-by-rose-blue-illustrated-by-don-tate/

DFW

(54,325 posts)
34. I have a book for this sick parent
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 10:57 AM
Sep 2020

Someone should make her read "Yellow Back Radio Broke-down." (one of the coolest and funniest books of the late 1960s)

THEN let's hear her complain about reading material!

**oh, and make her watch the film "Putney Swope" while we're at it!


MagickMuffin

(15,933 posts)
35. Astronaut Ron McNair died along with the rest of the crew in the Challenger explosion in 1986
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 11:04 AM
Sep 2020

And here's another great story about Ron. He was a saxophonist.

Ron worked with Jean-Michel Jarre a famous French musician.

The last track on the album was originally scheduled to include a saxophone part recorded by astronaut Ron McNair on the Space Shuttle Challenger, which would have made it the first piece of music to be recorded in space. However, on January 28, 1986, 73 seconds after lift-off, the shuttle disintegrated and the entire Challenger crew were killed. The track was dedicated to McNair and the other astronauts on board Challenger. On the album, the saxophone part is played by saxophonist Pierre Gossez.

In April 1986, Jarre performed the large-scale outdoor concert Rendez-vous Houston in Houston, Texas, celebrating the 150th anniversary of the founding of Texas. The show attracted a then-world-record live audience of 1.3 million people. The concert was originally to have included a video projection of Ron McNair's performance, recorded in space.


We drove down to Houston to see the concert it was magical to say the least. I'm so glad we got to participate. The saxophonist Pierre Gossez played on a scaffold platform against a large skyscraper. Several skyscrapers had huge sheets of canvas hung down the buildings and images projected upon them, and lets not forget the fireworks. And then there is the laser harp. It was truly a wonderful experience!

We got as close to the stage as possible. The concert blocked traffic on all the highways.

It interested you can watch the concert here:




Or just Ron's song




I'm glad the school decided not to be bullied by one parent and decided to share the story with more children. This should happen more often. Ron's life should be celebrated.

crickets

(25,959 posts)
38. I enjoy Jean Michel Jarre's music but know nothing about this.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 12:13 PM
Sep 2020

Thank you so much for sharing the story and the concert link, MagickMuffin.

littlemissmartypants

(22,628 posts)
36. Mr McNair was an amazing human.
Sun Sep 6, 2020, 11:27 AM
Sep 2020

I have been to his memorial garden and he has an entire library named after him. The book should be required reading for all of the students from now on.

Thanks for sharing this krispos42.

❤ lmsp

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