Saturday, May 5, 2007

Do Something Positive !

There was an interesting article in the May 5, 2007 Dallas Morning News by Katherine Leal Unmuth, "Schools' Racial Makeup Fuels Tension in FB". It is a long and thoughtful article that I will not summarize, but I do want to touch on two points made in the article.

One point is that when people try to maintain quality in the schools, some minority people are quick to cry "racism." It is wrong to call names and it is counter productive. It becomes a joke to the children.

One boy who was a behavior problem in math class would say, "You just don't like me because I'm Mexican, Mr. Canright." Then a boy next to him would punch him in the arm and say, "You idiot, Mr. Canright is from Chihuahua." The first boy was throwing racism around as a joke. (Yes, I was born in Chihuahua and came to America only speaking Spanish.)

People who are quick to complain about racism are teaching their children to be complainers, not winners. You cannot complain your way to success.

Now I've introduced my 2nd point: you cannot complain your way to the top.

The article by Ms. Unmuth said the former City Manager (of Farmers Branch?) Richard Escalante filed a complaint with the U.S. Justice department because he did not like where F.B. was building their new school.

The Hispanic American community has no leadership. People who file complaints and lawsuits are not leaders, they are complainers.

Education, a love of learning, is the key to the future for the Hispanic American community, not politics, and not complaining.