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leaders are overlooked
Another February has arrived, and
another Black History Month has begun.
Books will be read, lectures will be
given and filmstrips will be shown. The
impenetrable sea of dead white males will
be parted briefly to tell the other side of
In some of America’s more enlightened
school districts, names such as W.E.B.
DuBois, Marcus Garvey and Eldridge
Cleaver may be mentioned.
But the names of these men will, in all
likelihood, be mentioned only in passing,
left as historical footnotes - even during
the one month they have a chance to take
Despite changing curricula, Black
History Month is used by most public
schools as a chance to recount only the
familiar tales of Martin Luther King Jr.,
Rosa Parks and George Washington
And although these figures have estab
lished their places in American history and
folklore, countless other black Americans
remain marginalized in the classroom.
Whether these educational omissions
are the result of tradition, ignorance or
deliberate removal, the result is the same:
America’s children are hearing only a sliv
er of the storv.
Even in Nebraska, the birthplace of
Malcolm X, agonizingly brief lip service
is paid to civil rights movements that
weren’t linked to King’s leadership.
In the last few years, expanded multi
cultural curricula was implemented
throughout America’s schools. The intent
was not only to inform children about his
torical events, but also to increase toler
ance and bring an end to ignorance-fueled
But how can white children be expect
ed to fully appreciate the historical strug
gles of their black classmates when black
history as they know it starts with slavery,
jumps to Martin Luther King Jr. and ends
as abruptly as it started?
How can black children be expected to
develop a sense of themselves when they
hear more of the same?
King undoubtedly deserves a place in
history lessons, but saying that attention
should not be paid to African history and
American figures such as Malcolm X,
Garvey, Dubois, Huey Newton and
Booker T. Washington is, at best, an unjust
omission. At worst, it’s outright ignorance.
If Black History Month is to be recog
nized in our public schools, names and
events such as these should be a part of the
Until they are, America’s education
system will be shortchanging its children,
its ideals and, ultimately, itself.
And that kind of mistake lasts all year
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Damn the man!
I am writing in response to Sen.
Bruning’s letter (“The truth hurts”)
in the Friday op/ed page. We should
all be very pleased with the fact that
we have elected officials who tell us
how we should feel about legisla
tion; what’s more, a representative
who takes criticism so well. I hope
senators who oppose Sen. Bruning
on the floor don’t return to their
offices to find a note attacking their
talent and intelligence.
Last time I checked, senator, the
op/ed page was for opinions, and I
think that the right to express such
an opinion is one of the most basic
and fundamental rights we have,
even if nobody agrees with it, but
I’m not sure - I didn’t get into KU,
either. I also feel that LB 1176 is bad
legislation. Let’s create real oppor
tunities for all Nebraskans. How
about money for trade schools for
the employees needed at the
Caterpillar plant you just gave
another tax break to?
Let’s give all Nebraskans a
chance at the good life, not just
those fortunate enough to attend the
university. I am also glad to see how
much you have matured since leav
ing the university. The recent attack
on the DN editorial staff was unpro
fessional and unfounded. In my
opinion, with this attack, senator,
you have lowered the threshold for
Keeping the faith
There are a couple of com
ments that I would like to make
about Anthony Colman’s column,
“A cross to bear” (Wednesday).
First, slavery was one of the key
issues in the Civil War. He is using
white plantation owners in the
South as a representation of all
Christians, so should we judge all
doctors by Jack Kevorkian? If you
get specific enough, you can
always find negative incidents or
people in a large enough group.
Using the passage of Ephesians
5:22-24 as a set of guidelines for
women is a common occurrence.
Most people seem to neglect vers
es 25-33, which lay down a set of
guidelines for men to live by. Men
are commanded to love their wives
like they love their bodies, and
women are commanded to respect
Christianity is a relationship,
not a religion. When Christians
enter into a love relationship with
the almighty God of the universe,
they aren’t transformed instantly
into a person who cannot sin.
Accepting Christ into a person’s
life gives him or her the ability to
resist sin, but it doesn’t remove the
possibility for Christians to sin.
Finally, if Colman doesn’t want
Christianity around, then I would
ask him to consider the former
Soviet Union, where religion was
outlawed under the communist
party. The countries that made up
the former Soviet Union have a
longer history than we have. It
took less than a century to bring
them to the brink of economic
ruin. Our country is a little over
200 years old. How long do you
think it would take us to collapse
Say you won’t be there
I am writing in response to
Malcolm Kass’s article on Friday,
“The beautiful people.”
I think the greatest thing the
Spice Girls (the name you obvi
ously come up with when “British
Escort Service Rejects” has
already been used) can add to pop
culture is their limited edition of
adult video tapes when the high
flying retro-disco scene goes
down harder than Monica
Lewinsky at a presidential library
grand opening, and Baby, Posh,
Scary, Sporty and Slutty run out of
the free-flowing money they des
perately need to support their hid
den methamphetamine addictions.
Until then, what I, what, what I
really, really, really want is to quit
reading them in the paper when
there are so many other more rele
vant issues going on in the world.
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P.S. Write 15>ack
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