I am tired of seeing some proponents of Mandarin Immersion cry "racism" against anyone who opposes placing another immersion program right now in Palo Alto, even a Mandarin one.
To any of you who have paid attention to the school board meetings over the last 6 months, you have heard people with and without accents from all over the world speak against it for every reason except "racism". In fact, I have heard many say the "anti-racist" reason of wanting to keep all of us, all races and abilities, integrated together. How odd, exactly what my generation worked FOR in our country.
I have paid attention, and have heard people from Russia, Japan, China, Israel, Germany, Belgium, Argentina, India, Spain, France, Vietnam, Korea, Mexico, Morocco, and Indonesia. Those were just the people I noticed. I have no doubt I missed some "nationalities".
They were all opposing another immersion program for the good of the whole of the district, many of them not wanting our district to splinter into little schools for each "tribe", as one speaker put it so well.
People of good faith and good will may disagree on whether or not MI should go into our district right now, but to keep trying to polarize this into a race issue is disgusting.
I doubt that people of all colors and cultures, from all over the world, are "racist" against the Chinese.
We are all tired of the big lie which is desperately trying to split this community into racial divides and dupe us into believing that opposition to another immersion program is racism.
We each contribute our own flavor to the whole "stew" of Palo Alto. Anyone who tries to divide us back into the ingredients of the recipe is a....well, you know.