This article in the Huffington Post today reminded me that news media would often prefer to report the juicy and scandalous, rather than any good news of the day:
I think most locals are simply planning to ignore the event and stay home to dye Easter eggs. I'm not so sure we should ignore it, although I don't have an appropriate response in mind. The whole thing simply brings back memories of the Panhandle of Florida in 1964, when school desegregation was forced on an unwilling populace.
I was barely 25, hopelessly naive, and new to town. It had taken me less than an hour to find a new job as an English teacher at the local high school. I suppose I thought I was good enough that their "open arms" reception" was simply my due. I had no idea that when school opened in September, a flood of protests would result from the sudden closing of all black schools and the bussing of all those black students to the various white schools in town.
I'm happy to report that the schools themselves adjusted beautifully. Teachers found more desks, coaches went around grinning as they contemplated their new basketball and football players, the band director announced a new jazz band. And our kids? They just said "Hi" and went on about their business. But outside was a different story.
Faculty parked and school busses unloaded in an area surrounded by a high fence -- one gate, guarded by a patrol car at both the opening and closing of school. Outside that gate, the Ku Klux Klan assembled every day, no matter what the weather -- hooded, masked, and bearing hate signs. I soon learned to enter the gate at a fairly good clip and head for the far side of the lot, where I wouldn't hear the slurs being shouted after every car. Inside, I re-arranged my classroom, so that the student desks did not face the windows. Only I could see the picket lines just beyond the property line, and I coped by imagining that those pointed hoods were real dunce caps.
That was almost 50 years ago. Have we not learned anything in that time? How sad is it that such groups are still exercising their "legal right" to demonstrate their hatred?