Ashamed To Be Called An American

Posted by Paige on September 7, 2009 in Rants |

I feel embarrassed and ashamed to be an American right now. You see I don’t pay too much attention to “normal” news and I just found out about the whole hoopla surrounding President Obama’s speech tomorrow. First I read the speech that was released today, then I went back looking for articles trying to figure out why so many people are up in arms.

Here’s what I found at The NY Times: “The thing that concerned me most about it was it seemed like a direct channel from the president of the United States into the classroom, to my child,”  said a father in Texas. What? I feel like I am living on another planet right now. Maybe I was raised wrong, but my mother taught me that the President of The United States was someone to admire and respect. (Okay, so I haven’t always felt admiration and respect for a president).

Or this from CNN: "Thinking about my kids in school having to listen to that just really upsets me," suburban Colorado mother Shanneen Barron told CNN Denver affiliate KMGH. "I’m an American. They are Americans, and I don’t feel that’s OK. I feel very scared to be in this country with our leadership right now."

Seriously, what am I missing here? This man is our Commander In Chief. He is our president who wants to tell children that the best thing they can do for themselves and our country is to get an education. How is that grounds for keeping your child home, or flooding your school with calls inquiring as to whether or not they will be showing the broadcast, or calling the whole thing a socialist plot?

Alright, lets get down to the nitty-gritty here, shall we? This isn’t about politics. This is about racism. That’s the ugly, nasty truth. These people don’t give a darn what their kids watch, it’s all about having a black man for our president. This is why I really and truly believe that…

I start school on Wednesday and this year we have Channel 1 at our school. In my opinion Channel 1 is just another way for bad teachers to show more videos, but besides that Channel 1 requires us to show TEN MINUTES of ads each and everyday! So now my students will start every day by watching ads that we have absolutely no control over. We must keep them on, and we must keep the volume up, otherwise we lose all those fabulous free videos.

This is madness! Parents are worried about the child watching our President, the leader of the free world, but I have not heard of one parent complain about their child being held captive by a series of ads, IN SCHOOL! Please help me understand this.

I truly want to weep right now for the anger and shame that I feel toward this situation. I love my country, and for the first time in 8 years I love our president, but right now, I’m ashamed to be called an American.

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