View Full Version : Today's lesson: how to condescend to minorities and still score liberal points

02-25-2017, 07:06 PM

This photo, initially posted on Reddit, has quickly become viral. An unnamed teacher in Massachusetts, believing that her students were as shocked by Trump's election as she was, posted these equality-enforcement proclamations on the classroom wall.

Dear Black Students, In this classroom your life matters.
Dear Muslim Students, You are not terrorists.
Dear LGBTQ+ Students, Your life is beautiful and allowed to expand past fake social rules.
Dear Female Students, Men cannot grab you.
Dear Latino(a) Students, You are not rapists or drug dealers.
Dear Undocumented Students, In this classroom there are no walls.
One couldn't think of a better lesson in condescension, stereotypes, and identity politics.

It must be very reassuring for "Latino(a)" students to see a daily reminder that they are not rapists or drug dealers. The same goes for Muslim students who supposedly need to be reminded that they are not terrorists in case they forget. Black students are probably expected to feel grateful for being sheltered from certain death that lurks outside; paranoia is always good for morale.

Some girls will surely find the sexually suggestive mental image stimulating; if they hadn't fantasized about being grabbed by men before, they will now. A student or two may have also wondered, "Does everyone really think I'm undocumented because I'm Hispanic?" while others probably gasped: "how did the teacher know?" and "who else knows?