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Parents, community leaders stunned after 'Chitling Test' handed out in Lenoir class

There are 32 comments on the WSOCTV story from May 1, 2014, titled Parents, community leaders stunned after 'Chitling Test' handed out in Lenoir class. In it, WSOCTV reports that:

Parents are upset and students stunned by the content of a quiz that was handed out at a Caldwell County school.

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God Bless CM if you run

Conover, NC

#21 May 2, 2014
TINA wrote:
<quoted text>I am a TINA. I will respond by saying that I will fight for the rights of AA people. They are my family. I'm not on the fence. I am white but all my life has been dedicated to my brothers and sisters who are of black descent. I disagree with the test or any other thing that may imply that my family is blue gum, handkerchief head, chitterling slinging, big lip, sagging, slave, scratch ankle, flat foot, pubic hair headed, slant head, burnt, doping, drunk, militant, trouble.making, non working, criminal, raping, and any other stereotype. It is wrong and I will say so.
I sure hope your kids don't tell you what they will be asked to read and study in college- but I'm sure you would try to make a big deal of it.

Fact is, this was an AP Advanced Placement "College Level" Course, in college, they are not "teaching" you, they are making you think independently. Kids now a days are sheltered so much they have no idea what to expect when in college b/c they can't believe what they are hearing.

This really goes for students who grew up hard core southern baptist and they take a religion class that totally blows them out of the water.
God Bless CM if you run

Conover, NC

#22 May 2, 2014
Fed UP wrote:
I am SO SICK of "politically correct" hypocrites trying to silence people who are trying to teach.
The POINT of the test WAS TO show kids how racism works. But, what was done to this teacher... shows them that it's not ok to REALLY think and feel empathy for racism... or even to DEFINE it in a personal way.
There are teachers who do inappropriate things with kids and they are ignored. A teacher TRIES to gets students to feel social injustice so as to LEARN it, and he's punished.
Do we want to TEACH kids through experience or simply instruct them in test taking and NEVER thinking outside of their "selfie" box so we can continue to dumb them down in things that really matter in life?
Very Well Said!

The real world can be a bitch if you aren't prepared for it.
curious

Conover, NC

#23 May 2, 2014
Just wondering if Tina would tell us or any persons with Facebook can tell us what 4 year university she attended and graduated from?

To not understand the context of what the teacher was trying to teach shows exactly how ignorant this county is.

And I am a black man who has a Masters degree in Psychology.
say what?

Knoxville, TN

#24 May 2, 2014
Fed UP wrote:
I am SO SICK of "politically correct" hypocrites trying to silence people who are trying to teach.

The POINT of the test WAS TO show kids how racism works. But, what was done to this teacher... shows them that it's not ok to REALLY think and feel empathy for racism... or even to DEFINE it in a personal way.

There are teachers who do inappropriate things with kids and they are ignored. A teacher TRIES to gets students to feel social injustice so as to LEARN it, and he's punished.

Do we want to TEACH kids through experience or simply instruct them in test taking and NEVER thinking outside of their "selfie" box so we can continue to dumb them down in things that really matter in life?
Well said. We should be glad we have a teacher willing to provide thought invoking studies but instead he is reprimanded by a weak kneed school board. I really wonder sometimes if the school system is attempting to dumb down the students and remove any skills involving thought on the students part. The community needs to make a stance and support this teacher if only by everyone attending the next school board and county commissioners meetings.
TwoSevenEightFou r

Lawndale, NC

#25 May 2, 2014
Tina, stop trying to earn your place in the black community. Either you are accepted or you aren't. This isn't the first controversy you've found yourself in the middle of, and sadly, probably won't be the last either.
TwoSevenEightFou r

Lawndale, NC

#26 May 2, 2014
curious wrote:
Just wondering if Tina would tell us or any persons with Facebook can tell us what 4 year university she attended and graduated from?
To not understand the context of what the teacher was trying to teach shows exactly how ignorant this county is.
And I am a black man who has a Masters degree in Psychology.
I find it interesting that people of various races were so quick to condemn the test and the teacher. Why is that? If various races are as prejudice as we would be led to believe, then wouldn't there have been the unity of outrage from all people of color and unity of support for the test by caucasians? As it is, all races that are responding are predominately outraged.
Is there more to the administration of this "test" than meets the eye? Overall, the incident has
united where one would expect further division.

As I stated earlier, I find that interesting!
Duh

Banner Elk, NC

#29 May 2, 2014
TwoSevenEightFour wrote:
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I find it interesting that people of various races were so quick to condemn the test and the teacher. Why is that? If various races are as prejudice as we would be led to believe, then wouldn't there have been the unity of outrage from all people of color and unity of support for the test by caucasians? As it is, all races that are responding are predominately outraged.
Is there more to the administration of this "test" than meets the eye? Overall, the incident has
united where one would expect further division.
As I stated earlier, I find that interesting!
The problem is, no public figure wants to risk becoming the next target of accusations. You tow the overbearing PC line simply because it pacifies the rabble rousing cause-heads and gets them to leave them along and move on to something else. Had any one of them had taken a stand and supported the teacher, they'd immediately be decried as being racist and "part of the problem" and it wouldn't stop until they also get fired.

Don't confuse true unity with self-preservation and/or simply succumbing to (what is essentially) bullying.
Sad for our ed system

Lenoir, NC

#30 May 2, 2014
Steve Stone should have supported the teacher until the "internal investigation" is completed. Teachers are being thrown under the bus on a regular basis to save a figurehead's political status. Teachers have no power in the classroom due to weak admin as such. His statement on the news that "this (test) is not appropriate for children" actually is ridiculous because this is an AP course for older teens, many of whom are already 18 and headed to college in 3 months.
This was an AP course, which assumes that the students taking it are mature enough to study, learn, and communicate on a college level, even about controversial subjects. I was also presented this test in college, in a course about designing research. Yes, the terminology is shocking, but it is meant to make a point that standardized testing written by the status quo in a society does not show the intellect of people in other cultures because we do not all have the exact same experience. Are the stereotypes and slang wrong and outdated, yes, but this was written in 1968!!! AGAIN, the use of this test is meant to make a point that standardized testing written by the status quo in a society does not show the intellect of people in other races and cultures because we do not all have the exact same experience. Too bad a teacher in our county is suspended for believing his college-academic-level students could have an intelligent discussion about cultural bias and a test example that has been used in numerous colleges for years. Good luck in college, kids, you're gonna hear a ton of opinions about everything under the sun with which you don't necessarily agree....that's life...and getting an education outside of Caldwell County.
State of Florida

Taylorsville, NC

#31 May 2, 2014
Rube Walker wrote:
This here is a good example of why integration was one of the worst things that ever happened to this country.
We've fraternized and fornicated with the lesser races for so long that we've become just as stupid as them.
Look at all those guilty White liberals in that video. Holding hands and praying because of a "Chitlin Test".
Welcome to the modern era where you're now supposed to be ashamed of your beautiful White heritage. Kiss this country goodbye, folks. We've turned it into a third world spookocracy.
Rube, you were a good cather, but get out of the 19th century the first chance you get.
back in time

Black Mountain, NC

#32 May 2, 2014
State of Florida wrote:
<quoted text>
Rube, you were a good cather, but get out of the 19th century the first chance you get.
Well its his right to live there if he wants and to be more precise he was a ballplayer in the 20th century. I think most Liberals forget that the right to have an opinion is granted to those with opinions we may not like too. I mean most of the liberals I know seem to be living in the 60's and think the civil rights movement is still in full swing. Funny thing is though I have yet to see any police beating blacks in mass or hoses and German Sheppards being used on them either lately.
Keepitreal

United States

#33 May 5, 2014
I'm a young black man. I'm proud of that. Hiding our past is ignorant. Not only should this be taught, but should be an actual class. I'm not angry or militant towards white America. It was my ancestors that sold their own kind as slaves. White men did not go attack villages and seize slaves. That was already in place years before. The slaves were sold by our own people. Ignorant black people are usually trying to get an advantage by playing the race card. It shames me and my family. I do not need these "elder" men of the community to be spokesmen or the face of rights. I am free. I am liberated. Nobody owes me anything. Nobody needs to be sensitive to my feelings. It is all so absurd that it borders on amusing. The community leaders allow Harombee festivals and black history showcases, but refute the chitling test. People like the white lady on the news are the fuel to the fire that needs putting out. Why exactly was she on there? Wasn't an episode of Hillbilly Hand Fishin. You are either black or not. You either rise above ignorant leaders or you dont. I've never been threatened or anything due to my race. Lets just all be people and leave all at that. We all have past heritage we need to examine fully, and not hide.
Smack

Lincolnton, NC

#34 May 5, 2014
Rube Walker----- you are so right buddy. When Obammy gets out of office things will change. God is still in control and when he is ready the bombs will fall.

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