Today we talked about the election in class. Briefly. And mostly, as in past elections, my classes were calm. One class, however, had a Racist Rebecca, who straight out laughingly said, "I can't believe we re-elected a man who could be the missing link. I mean, come on, how could people be so stupid to re-elect a monkey?!"
I should have been prepared for the topic of race to come up, but after four years of Obama, I figured people were aware that he's of mixed race. And because of this, I simply stared at Racist Rebecca for what felt like an interminably long time, but I'm sure was probably five seconds.
And my response to her was sorely lacking. I merely said, "I'm sorry to hear you're a racist. I thought better of you." Of course, this led to a splutteringly inadequate attempt to claim she was joking, after which I instructed students to start working on today's assignment.
When I got back to my office, I noticed that the latest 'rage' on twitter was that people were calling President Obama the "N word." Apparently the hatred and ignorance isn't limited to Racist Rebecca.
In addition to lacking reading, writing, or any kind of analytical skills, apparently Americans continue to exhibit ignorance and hatred. Here is the example of (mostly) high schoolers posting ignorant, hateful racial epithets in response to President Obama's election. This makes me sick.
And Racist Rebecca wants to come see me tomorrow. She emailed me to say she didn't appreciate my calling her a racist in front of the class. I have yet to respond to her.