Different School, Different CandidatePosted: August 29, 2008
Yesterday in class, Jack’s teacher took a poll – McCain or Obama. In our old town, the hands down winner was Obama and Jack would come home saying how great Obama was though he knew virtually nothing beyond his name and face. Jack informed me yesterday that almost the whole class rose their hand for McCain, but he still raised his hand for Obama. He said he was switching his candidate since most people want McCain. I told him that Obama was better because he was about helping more people and just because everyone else thinks someone else is better, doesn’t make it so. I said you don’t worry about what other kids think; you just do what you feel is right. He said he would stick with Obama.
I can’t believe I moved from a mixed race and socio-economic neighborhood into white suburbia and now send my kid to school with a bunch of little republicans. To boot, I drive an SUV. Of course, there are advantages, but there was something about the white kid thinking it was absolutely normal that not EVERYONE looked and talked like him.