Your Black News: So What’s the Big Deal About Talking to School Kids?
On April 15, 1907, Republican president Theodore Roosevelt issued a strong "Message to School Children" addressing the need for conservation and the importance of our environment. At the end of his message, President Roosevelt asked the youngest citizens to go out and help the president – by planting trees. Here’s an excerpt:
We of an older generation can get along with what we have, though with growing hardship; but in your full manhood and womanhood you will want what nature once so bountifully supplied and man so thoughtlessly destroyed; and because of that want you will reproach us, not for what we have used, but for what we have wasted… Source: New York Times Archives – Roosevelt to Children
Can you imagine what the right’s reaction would be if President Obama said something even remotely similar? "He’s turning our kids against our Constitutional right to consume at will!!!" "He’s trying to make our kids green Commies!!!" Yeah, right.