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Teen Protests his school saying PoA in Foreign Lang.

By Jessie ·
http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/7146982

MILLERSVILLE, Md. - A ninth-grader is protesting his school?s decision to broadcast the Pledge of Allegiance in foreign languages as part of National Foreign Language Week.

Patrick Linton said he and other students at Old Mill High School sat down rather than stand Wednesday when the pledge was read over the school?s public address system in Russian. Linton?s teacher told him if he had a problem he should leave the room.

He did, and did not plan to return this week.

?This is America, and we got soldiers at war,? the 15-year-old said. ?When you?re saying the Pledge in a different language which nobody understands, that?s not OK.?

Charles Linton, Patrick?s father, said the use of other languages is disrespectful to the country. ?It?s like wearing a cross upside down in a church,? he said.


Does somebody want to tell me... just HOW saying the pledge of allegiance in something other than English is DISRESPECTFUL?!?!?! I always thought it was the feeling and the meaning of the pledge that did it honor... not the language in which it was spoken.

Thoughts?

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Red's pretty tame though

by Oz_Media In reply to For that week

I am a huge fan but Red's all bark, he hates EVERYTHING, he's not just racial. People in general just **** him off, I get like that sometimes too.

But Kittie's pricesless! I loved her on Friends and now think she's great on 70's Show.

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Exactly

by dafe2 In reply to Red's pretty tame though

Wife says I'm a lot like him.

I do hate everything, I don't have a problem with that. LOL

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The 70's Show

by Montgomery Gator In reply to Red's pretty tame though

I love the way Red puts pretentious people down in "The 70's Show". Also, I love Donna on the show, she is so hot, one of the best looking women on TV, and stands up for herself at the same time.

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That's HOT Donna to you

by Oz_Media In reply to Red's pretty tame though

She won that gig back twice!

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His parents probably wear their sheets at night while out burning crosses!!

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Wonder where a grade scho ...

You would think these crackers would have learned a little more tolerance in this day and age. A sad example of ingrained racism and isn't it just wonderful how these people have managed to pass it on, completely intact, to their child. I'll just bet these a$$holes are all products of inbreeding.

Dawg

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Harsh, but when it fits...

by tbragsda In reply to His parents probably wear ...

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"This day and age"? We are in a backslide. The nature of social change is cyclic. It takes generations for real social change to take hold. This child, his child or the next may make it out of this closeminded set, but it will happen. It has to.

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We can only hope!!!

by sleepin'dawg In reply to Harsh, but when it fits.. ...

Hope for the best but prepare fror the worst!

Dawg

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?

by Computer Dude In reply to His parents probably wear ...

Mr. Dawg, you seem to be the racist SOB here.

Just curious: Dawg drops a racial explitive here and no one pays attention. If someone drops the n-bomb on this site, how many milliseconds will pass before he is banned?

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As a ******/cracker myself...

by Jessie In reply to ?

I wondered even as a child at the disparity between these racial epithets... It occurred to me at age 6 that ******/cracker was NO WHERE NEAR as insulting as ******. I've been called a ******, and a cracka-***-cracka, and it's never bothered me as much as one of my racially mixed children being called a ******.

Anyone who truly thinks that cracker is a real-honest to goodness racial epithet, is probably pretty thin-skinned.

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Jess

by Oz_Media In reply to ?

Kinda like bein called a limey. SOME people think it is a degrading and racial slur, but TECHNICALLY, being from Southern England I am considered a Kipper (much more scathing I know, LOL).

I have been chasitzed here for referring to a friend as black, but is THAT really racist when he too refers to himself as black? I don't use it to segregate him from others but it is a descriptive term, just as he would refer to me as being white.

I can't call him Afro-American (he is originaly from/born in America but not Africa), I can't just say the normal sized guy (he's neither heavy nor thin so there's no descriptive point of reference between him and other people at the party, if you know what I mean) so I refer to him as 'the black guy that was playing pool, or the black guy that I was over with last week. He's not offended and when we first met I did refer to him as African-American when we spoke, but he took that as offensive because he is NOT African, he's American, now Canadian.

SOME people seem to think ANY mention of color no matter who it is used would be derogatory for some reason. I find most of these poeople are the ones having the hardest time with racial acceptance, they find a need to be overly PC about it for some reason.

I live in a place where we can call each other whatever we want without fear of people becoming racially defensive or offende. I don't use the N word, I don't call Asians ch***s, but I have a great time with a Chinese friend when we laugh at Chinese drivers, his inability to use an S to pluralize scissor(s) etc. There doesn't seem to be the racial hangups I read so much about here, I think thta is why I often feel that Canada is far mroe racialy accepting than many parts of the US, it is NEVER an issue here it seems, everyone just does their thing together whether black, white, blue, green or whatever.
I can't believe how many times RACE is an topic of discussion with US peers, it never seems to play a part in those I hang out with.

Why do people have such a hangup with race? All races seem to be more acceptable to fight for a country, why must we *****-foot and pretend there's no physial difference between us? There IS a difference in our color, often in our culture too, but I don't see it as derogatory unless put into a negative context.

Saying my black friend when I refer to my black friend is not derogatory or racist, saying 'that n****r that I was with' IS derogatory though.

Some people's kids!

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