A new report from the Southern Poverty Law Center showed children have been negatively impacted by the election, with kids’ classroom climate suffering drastically.
The Monday report, which surveyed 10,000 teachers across the U.S., found many students were experiencing higher anxiety and there were more reported cases of “verbal harassment, the use of slurs and derogatory language, and disturbing incidents involving swastikas, Nazi salutes and Confederate flags.”
According to the survey’s findings, nine out of 10 educators saw a negative impact on students’ mood and behavior after the election. Eight out of 10 educators reported higher anxiety by marginalized students.
Half of educators said they heard students targeting each other based on who they would have voted for.
You know who I blame? The parents for scare-mongering their children. Let alone for raising the safe space generation.
Cue the violins and read the nauseating angst and melodrama:
Who’s responsible? Teachers who lack the self-awareness to see their own bias for what it is, and passing their beliefs on to impressionable students.
Who’s to be held accountable? Much of mainstream media for pushing the narrative of Trump as the second-coming of Hitler.
It’s not like Bush’s election wasn’t without protest.
Remember Bushitler? The Democratic Underground and Kos Kiddie-types figured the Bush regime would declare Martial Law and keep himself in power beyond his 2nd term; Infowars readers predicted an Obama third term. FEMA camps? 1.6 billion rounds purchase by Homeland Security? Yeah, to do what? Hysteria. Distortions. Conspiracy. Paranoia.
Same thing with Obama and comparisons by the right (including some of us here at FA), linking Obama to Hitler and Brown Shirt youth army. These comparisons are wrong. And those who use the tired, worn-out pithy, “Those who do not learn history are doomed to repeat it” are taking history and shaping current events to fit the narrative much the way conspiracists will draw connections to validate what they choose to see.
I remember Election Day morning. Logging on FB I had so many FB friends proudly posting photos of themselves, taking their kids voting, and proudly sporting their “I voted stickers” and praising hallelujah that they lived in a country where they had the privilege of voting; how proud they were to be an American, exercising their civic duty. Then by nightfall, it was like the End of Days was at hand for my liberal friends. I have never seen so many ridiculous posts and political drivel and rants. One of my college-age friends who I knew as a little girl posted a photo of herself curled up in the fetal position, lying on the floor. Seriously?! Wtf? And lol at you.
Blue America. Get a grip.
I’m still not a Trump fan. Still think he’s a despicable prick. Possibly dangerous. But not a repeat of Hitler. Not worth scaring children, over.
This is a cult of personality populist win during a time of anti-Establishment rancor. Hope and change for the right on the heels of hope and change from the left. *sigh* Jokers to the right of me; clowns to the left.
I sit on a wait and see perch, for now.
A former fetus, the “wordsmith from nantucket” was born in Phoenix, Arizona in 1968. Adopted at birth, wordsmith grew up a military brat. He achieved his B.A. in English from the University of California, Los Angeles (graduating in the top 97% of his class), where he also competed rings for the UCLA mens gymnastics team. The events of 9/11 woke him from his political slumber and malaise. Currently a personal trainer and gymnastics coach.
The wordsmith has never been to Nantucket.