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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.

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  1. Cecil Jones
    September 7, 2009 at 8:38 pm | #1

    What’s the big deal about President Obama talking to elementary school kids? I don’t see a whole lot of elementary school kids at risk of dropping out. Targeting them could be a way of brainwashing them into compliance. Why not target High Schools? Why not just broadcast the message to all? What’s so special about these kids? What scares me more is the fact that President Bush used his first moment after a long vacation to talk to kids and we had 9-11. President Obama shouldn’t be following any pattern of failure now should he? We must admit he has been acting “Stupidly” for quite some time now. Let’s error on the side of keeping America safe?

  2. LADY C
    September 7, 2009 at 10:22 pm | #2

    TAHTS RIGHT WHAT IS THE BIG DEAL I AS A MOTHER AND TEACHER IS HONOR THAT THE PRESIDENT WANTS TO TAKE THE TIME TO SPEACK ABOUT SOMETHING POSITIVE AS FAR AS SCHOOLS R CONCERN OUR CHILDREN NEED TO HERE OUR FIRST BLK PRESIDENT SPEAK ABOUT HOW THERE IS NO MOUNTAIN HIGH ENOUGH U CAN’T CLIMB OUR CHILDREN NEED TO SEE THAT POSITIVE IMAGINE .LETS FACE IT SOME KIDS DON’T HAVE ANYONE WHO CARES ABOUT THIS BUT IT IS EXTEMELY IMPORTANT TO US AS A PEOPLE AND A RACE. BACK IN THE DAY WE WERE NOT ALLOWED TO READ AND WRITE U WOULD BE HUNG . WE COULD NOT EVEN GET THE SAME EDUCATION AS THE WHITE FOLK LESS LONG GO TO THE SAME SCHOOL AND IF WE DID THE WHITE TRANSFER THEIR KIDS OUT AFTER THAT WE WOULD GET LESS FUNDING OUR PUBLIC SCHOOLS ARE IN BAD SHAPE WALL CRUMBLING OLD SCHOOL BOOKS. WE HAVE BLACK TEACHERS WHO DON’T REALLY CARE BECAUSE THERE KID ARE NOT EVEN ATTENDING PUBLIC SCHOOL & IF THEY ARE THEY GO TO THE BEST I FEEL IF THE SCOOL THAT TEACHER TEACHES AT IS NOT GO ENOUGH 4 THERE CHILD WHAT MAKES U THINK THEY CARE ABOUT A CHILD THATS FALLIN BETWEEN THE CRACKS . TO THOSE WHO HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PPRESIDENT OBAMAS SPEECH THEY CAN KICK ROCK MAYBE IF THE PARENT WERE TAKIN CARE AND TEACHING HOW IMPORTANT AN EDUCATIION LIKE BACK IN THE DAY OLD SCHOOL WE WERE TOLD THAT THAT WAS SOMETHING THAT THEY COULD NOT TAKE FROM U I APPLAUDED PRESIDENT OBAMA FOR TAKING THIS STEP FOR US & OUR CHILDREN ! I WILL BE WATCHIN THE SPEECH!:)

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