Mother Of Four (915 posts) Thu Nov-06-08 01:41 PM
My two sons are being harassed at school- because we voted for Obama :(
If it's as bad today as it was yesterday I'm going to have to go in and talk to the principle.
My 16 year old had Obama written on his right hand, the back of it- so that you could hold up your fist and others would be able to read it.
Here's what happened.
In this school, it's about 40 black/45 white and 15 percent hispanic. The white kids started calling my son a (I seriously can't stand to type this) monkey lover. Two boys came up to him and called him a traitor for his parents supporting a terrorist...
My 16 year old son, my wonderful beautiful son, did his best to stay patient...and ignore as much as he could.
On the flip side, teachers and the other students were all smiling at him and some of the other boys would shake his hand.
If you haven't figured it out yet, this county went 55 percent for McCain. (NC)
When he got home yesterday, he let loose. You see, our family back home is a mix of all shades. Some adopted, some by marriage. I raised my kids to judge someone by HOW they are, not what they look like.
It HURT him. Deeply and profoundly HURT him, and no matter how patient he was...having Obama written on his hand ended up blowing up in his face. I had no explanation for why they were so hateful, the only thing I could think of to say was that these kids are only exposed to one side of things...and that they were afraid because everything is going to be so different.
My 18 year old, who never fights, put an end to his harassment himself the first time it happened at lunch. He got up in the other kids face and said "I don't give a rats ass if I get suspended, insult me again and you'll have a broken nose."
I'm glad he stood up for himself, but alarmed too. He has NEVER acted that way, when I asked what possessed him he said "I'm sick of their crap. I am NOT going to take it anymore. I'm registered as a Dem, I voted Dem, and if they don't like it they can choke on their teeth."
I cried today, not because of the joy I should be feeling...but because my beautiful boys are having to stand up more NOW than before the election.
I needed to share this, thank you. There really isn't anyone around here I can talk to about it- since we aren't from here there really aren't many who would understand why it's such a huge thing to people who are supposed to be "allied" to the color of their skin.