To our esteemed and liberal journalists may I remind you that when you win you don't seek to humiliate or embarrass the loser. That's something you learn when you play team sports in grade school.
And to our allegedly bigoted schools, as long as the subject has been opened, there are indeed a couple of more urgent and persistent probing questions to ask about day schools and race. In the aftermath of these articles about the hurried and superficial responses by the schools to the offhanded remarks by young students, I'd really like to know,
- How many black teachers have the day schools hired in the past ten years?
- How many black (Jewish) students attend the schools?
- How many lessons have been taught in class about multiculturalism?
- How many Martin Luther King Day events have been held?
Finally I'd like to read some award-worthy stories in our Jewish journals about new, creative and sustained action in the works to confront these problems head-on.
[See this as my letter to the editor in the Jewish Week and Jewish Standard.]