Tuesday, June 24, 2008
This is part twelve of a continuing series, background here. Previous drawings can be found here, here, here, here, and here, and a billboard for the other six here. This appears in the classroom and office building stairwell nearest my office, and has been left up for months. This is the next to last edition, and soon we will have an index for all thirteen days. There will be a second set from another bulletin board next week.
I am not interested, for those who have asked, in having this display taken down. It's not my job to decide what the university wants to present to students, staff and visitors (read: parents and incoming freshmen visiting campus for orientation). I would rather have this material out there for people to see, as it is my opinion that this is what the campus views as part of its function.
In this picture, the drawing seems to be of children in a classroom. A student of color at the board (on the left half of the picture) says "Please Listen". Two blonde-haired white children playing to the right say "Yeah I don't care" and "Thank you." A second black student (smaller than the others) says to a third blonde, "Why aren't you listening?"
Think teachers ever go through this in their classrooms?