World English Dictionary
racism or racialism (ˈreɪsɪzəm, ˈreɪʃəˌlɪzəm)
1. the belief that races have distinctive cultural characteristics determined by hereditary factors and that this endows some races with an intrinsic superiority over others
2. abusive or aggressive behaviour towards members of another race on the basis of such a belief
*Definition found at dictionary.com
I do not practice racism. I do practice idiotism. If you are an idiot, or are acting like one, I may call you on it. Within thirty minutes of class on Friday, one of my students was accusing me of racism. This was because the two girls, who were kicked out of my class for using the f-word while talking at me, are Latinas. If I were a racist, I am pretty sure I would not teach at a school that seems to have a majority of minorities, don't ya think?
Here is how it went down. One of said girls decided to sit out of playing in PE class for about five minutes. I did not call her on it because any time I do call her on her inactivity, she gets very upset and ends up yelling at me. I just let it go and took away participation points. She then eventually came into the dodgeball game that was already going on, and threw a dodgeball at a girl on the other team. Apparently, the girl "did not try hard enough" to dodge the ball so said angry girl disrespectfully told the other student she wasn't trying hard enough. I then stepped in and told angry girl to worry about herself. She was okay for about one minute and then would not let the issue go. I then pointed out that she probably shouldn't be accusing others of not participating when she had herself just sat out for five minutes. This turned into an argument about the other girls in class not ever trying which apparently, in today's teen mind, means your own behavior doesn't matter and that your teacher is racist against you. This caused angry girl's friend, also a Latina, to get into the argument and she really went off. I couldn't even talk or get a word in and when they started to use vulgarity, I told them to leave. So maybe I am a vulgarist.
I am really tired of racism and people using it still today as a crutch to be idiots. People who continue to practice "reverse racism"(the term I use for minorities continuing to make racism exist because they falsely accuse people of being racists, which actually makes people, who aren't racist, almost change their minds. This also refers to the racism that exists now towards the white people because minorities still think that ALL white people are bringing them down even when it isn't true!) I hate that people continue to blame their bad behavior on some contrived idea that is in their mind.
I was angry for more than four hours on Friday because of this. I do not look forward to dealing with these young ladies during class tomorrow. I will try to be adult and deal with them fairly and nicely but inside I probably will still be very angry. The end.
P.S. The girls who didn't get kicked out of class did happen to be white. I do not favor them because of the color of their skin, I may favor them on occasion because they do what the are supposed to be doing. I am a participationist. The End for Real!