A teacher of an honors history class in the American South was featured in yesterday's post because she allowed her students to wear the hood and robes of the Ku Klux Klan in high school -- to teach racism.
IMMIGRATION ISSUE & RACISM
The Irish blog talked about Ireland's immigration situation, an influx of 'New Irish', in a global context. Currently there aren't as many jobs to go around in Ireland, resulting in some resentment towards those from overseas, said the 'joe.ie.com' editorial.
"This time: Irish hospitality v Croatians in white sheets."
Patting Ireland on the back for respecting diverse cultures and communities of the world, the editorial said the Irish could "hold our heads proud."
The adorable Croatian kiddies (pictured above) are watching a children's festival in Sibenik, Croatia.
WAY, WAY OVER THE LINE
While the Irish were holding their heads high, the editorial said:
"Not so at the National School in Croatia. When it came to dressing up for February's pre-Lent competition the pupils in one class not only crossed the line but raced so far over it that had they glanced over their collective shoulders they'd have struggled to see it in the distance. With binoculars."
Although they could have dressed up as anything (pirates, animal, superheroes, Irishmen), the kids dressed up as the Ku Klux Klan -- "with the exception of the one little boy who was blacked up and surrounded."
"As icing on top of this particularly distasteful cake, they went on to win the competition. You see, things may not be perfect here in Ireland, but it could be worse..."
AN AMERICAN COSTUME CONTEST
Last October, at City High School in Grand Rapids, Michigan, the school's Halloween masquerade party had a similar incident. A senior wore a KKK costume, won a top prize -- and a five day suspension.
But worse -- the party was attended by the high school's principal, assistant principal and other staff members.
School Superintendent Bert Bleck said he agreed with the school's decision to suspend the student, but wanted to know why adults at the party failed to stop the KKK-costumed student from entering, much less winning a prize.
by Sharon McEachern