The apology by Education Secretary Arne Duncan rings hollow.
Maybe he’s sorry he said it. It doesn’t mean he didn’t mean it.
It’s not the first racist comments he’s made.
I wondered. Which white suburban moms did he mean? Or in his eyes is being white enough?
I taught for thirty years in a district with mostly white kids and white moms.
Did he mean the mom who, along with her husband, dedicated her life to her typical kids and her child with autism?
Or was he talking about the Russian immigrant who left her family behind to raise her children here? Alone.
Or the mom who lived in the local women’s shelter, hiding from a physically abusive husband while sending her son to our school?
Or the classroom assistant who worked in the district’s schools for barely more than health insurance and whose husband has been without a job for several years.
Or the woman whose kids all went to Park Ridge schools and who volunteered as crossing guard, bus duty, lunch duty and whose son, my former student, was sent to Afghanistan and came home to volunteer in our school as well.
Or the mom who got a job as a special ed assistant and went on to work with an organization that sends volunteers to underdeveloped countries to train teachers of students with autism.
I could go on.
But you get the point.
It’s Arne that doesn’t.