"'The school was built for underprivileged kids, but the way the school is functioning, it is for the bourgeois,' said Paul Herns, 29, who teaches fifth grade. He echoed a common sentiment: gratitude mixed with the feeling that the company, which had revenues of $6.8 billion last year, could do a lot better."
"In Long Walk to Freedom, Mandela wrote that for black South Africans, the Chancellor House offices were 'a place where they could come and find a sympathetic ear and a competent ally, a place where they would not be either turned away or cheated, a place where they might actually feel proud to be represented by men of their own skin colour.'"
"The Quys, who are white, decided to name the plane Spirit of Tuskegee and fly it to air shows where they could teach people about the airmen and inspire children toward careers in the military or aviation.
"For three years the couple has been raising money through the sale of Spirit of Tuskegee T-shirts, which they use to pay the travel expenses of airmen who join them to speak about their wartime experiences.
"This summer they will fly cross country, stopping in Tuskegee, before landing in Washington, where the plane will be transferred to the Smithsonian during the Tuskegee Airmen’s annual convention."
"President of the school board, Dr. Mark Stegeman wrote a resolution that would dismantle the ethnic studies program by turning only the Mexican American studies courses into elective courses. These courses would no longer be used as core-credit, which are necessary for graduation. The move is a back-door approach to gutting the program, because electives are the first to be subject to budget cuts."
"While the hearing was scheduled before the mission, a committee aide today said the linking of the name Geronimo with the world’s most wanted man is 'inappropriate' and can have a 'devastating' impact on kids.
“'The hearing was scheduled well before the Osama bin Laden operation became news, but the concerns over the linking of the name of Geronimo, one of the greatest Native American heroes, with the most hated enemies of the United States is an example of the kinds of issues we intended to address at Thursday's hearing,' Loretta Tuell, the committee's chief counsel, said in a statement."
"This is a sad commentary on the attitude of leaders of the U.S. military forces that continue to personify the original peoples of North America as enemies and savages. The use of the name Geronimo as a code name for Osama Bin Laden is reprehensible. Think of the outcry if they had used any other ethnic group’s hero. Geronimo bravely and heroically defended his homeland and his people, eventually surrendering and living out the rest of his days peacefully, if in captivity, passing away at Fort Sill, Oklahoma in 1909. To compare him to Osama Bin Laden is illogical and insulting. The name Geronimo is arguably the most recognized Native American name in the world, and this comparison only serves to perpetuate negative stereotypes about our peoples. The U.S. military leadership should have known better."
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