Friday, July 03, 2009

Should white women be teaching children?

Because of the recent Frank Lombard controversy, the case of the gay Duke University official who is accused of raping his adopted 5-year-old son, the religious right and conservative pundits in general have been accusing the media of playing down Lombard's homosexuality due to political correctness.

World Net Daily has even accused CNN, the Associated Press,and ABC News of not even mentioning the fact that Lombard is gay.

Maggie Gallagher of the National Organization for Marriage says that we must ask questions about these things (i.e. how much did Lombard's orientation lead to him being allowed to adopt the child) and not let homophobia dissuade us.

I say they have a point and this why:

Ranee Sue Proper, a 42-year-old former music teacher, was arrested for allegedly having sex with two students in a classroom. She was sentenced June 3 to nine months in jail and years probation after pleading guilty to one count of criminal sexual conduct.

Melissa Weber, a 27-year-old New York City social studies teacher is accused of having sex in her classroom with a 14-year-old male student. She was arrested May 28.

Jennifer Rice, a 33-year-old former Tacoma, Wash., elementary school teacher was found guilty on April 20 of having sex with a 10-year-old student and his 15-year-old brother.

Kelsey Peterson, a former Nebraska middle school math teacher, was sentenced on April 23 to eight to 10 years in prison for first-degree sexual assault of a minor. Peterson fled to Mexico with a 13-year-old student in October 2007.

Wendie Schweikert, a 37-year-old former South Carolina elementary school teacher, pleaded guilty to having sex with an 11-year-old student. In June 2007, she was sentenced to 10 years in prison.

Debra Lafave, a former Florida middle school teacher, was sentenced to house arrest and probation in 2005 after pleading guilty to charges that she had sex with a 14-year-old student.

That's six recent cases of teachers having sex with minors. And what's the similarities between all six cases? These teachers were white women.

So why is the media downplaying this? There does seem to be a problem with white women not being able to keep their hands to themselves in teaching environments. If one case of a gay man molesting a child should warrant an outcry, then six cases of white women molesting children should warrant at least a 20/20 investigation.

And we shouldn't let political correctness keep us from asking crucial questions that may protect our children.

Questions like:

Aren't white women potentially susceptible to outrageous sexual behavior? There could be a point in this. How many black or Latino women do you see on those "Girls Gone Wild" commercials?

Aren't there more white female porn stars than any other ethnic group?

Look at Paris Hilton. She is a white woman. Would you want her teaching your child?

You know what . . . stop.

If you are still reading and are somehow angry at what I have just written, then you need to understand sarcasm.

The fact of the matter is that white women are not susceptible to outrageous sexual behavior and should not be judged as a whole on the behavior of those who have gotten into trouble.

And what Frank Lombard possibly did (he has not been tried yet) was wrong. It was vile and nasty. But any attempt to judge all gay men on him is equally vile and nasty.

No matter how it is spun, that is what the religious right and other pundits are trying to do. They don't see this case as a child being victimized.

They see it as an opportunity to get their agenda across. They see it as an opportunity to get some face time on places like Fox News or get some money sent in by naive folks who read and believe their drivel.

For ever one Frank Lombard, there are thousands of adopted lgbt parents who love, protect, and nurture their children to the utmost of their ability.

I happen to know a few.

In the long run, it doesn't matter what sexual orientation, gender, or ethnic identity Lombard is.

A child has been potentially hurt; scarred for life.

His well-being is the only thing that truly matters in this case.

Anything, and I mean anything that distracts from that should be dismissed.

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Jody said...

Great, great post!

I think you should broaden your thesis a bit and ask the question if we should allow white, straight men who are married to hold public office.

Stanford obvious proves that they can't, right?


BlackTsunami said...

LOL ain't that the truth.

Anonymous said...

Um, I would point out that anyone - ANYONE - who would rape a 5 year old child is not gay or lesbian but rather a pedophile.

There is a difference, and Maggie G. had never allowed such a discussion to take place with her.

Anonymous said...

And how about pedophile priests? Shouldn't we be banning white men from the priesthood?

Anonymous said...

The title caught my eye enough to make me stop and read this one, and I just wanted to let you know... by the time you started listing the statistics of the teachers I saw clearly where this was going, and as disgusted as I was for what happened to those children, I still could not stop myself from grinning. This is a beautiful point, well-written and presented in a way that hits kinda like a two-by-four to the head; you're just not going to be missing it any time soon, you know? It's been far too long since I've read something with the impact of the old two-by-four. Thank you for this. Thank you so much.

BlackTsunami said...

Thank you for the compliment ;p

MyAutisticAdventure said...

I agree that no matter what the man is a pedophile. Pedophilia is not restricted to the gay community or to the straight one for that matter. I Find it disgusting that people who don't know anyone who is openly gay assume that being a pedophile is what it means to be gay. It is insulting and incorrect.
I enjoyed the sarcasm of your article and that you pointed out that it was just as likely to happen on either side of the "closet door." But I hate that people will generalize the gay community in such a way. I have 1 chosen brother who is gay and at least 4 very close friends who are gay as well. I know they would kill before letting anyone hurt my boys, they are excellent role models and loving, caring, and gentile boys. If something happened to me I would rather have them raise my boys than some straight friends I know.
Thanks for letting me vent and keep up the good work, it's hard to say things that are true to people when they already assume the worst!

Anonymous said...

well, if we are going that far, why not say that the christian and catholic churches are an, mafia-like, organization of child molesters. because not just, that a lot of priests are guilty of child molesting - no, their churches were protecting them ... so let´s ban those organizations to protect our children ... wonder what those over-the-top-religious-people are going to say to that?!

downeastcajun said...

first, of all, i get the sarcasm - very witty piece, very well written ...

secondly, we HAVE to allow white women to continue to teach our children ... they're the only ones who'll work for that ridiculous wage!!!

Anonymous said...

Headline grabbed me. Very nice post. Such a great point.