But let me back up a bit, before I dive straight into the seething pit of vipers I probably just uncovered.
This weekend we went to Wichita because my son Ethan made the state honor choir for the second year in a row. Yeah! That’s right! I have a kid who can sing! Like an angel baybee! (If there were angels – which there are not). But anyway!
So we happened to be in Wichita for Ethan’s concert and a close relative of mine was also there with her family for the Kansas Christian Schools basketball tournament. We spent the night in Wichita and the next morning we went to watch my relative play some ball.
The gym was in a church. There was a band, and maybe a total of three hundred people in and out of the gym while we were there – including members of the other teams, parents, cheerleaders (with unusually long skirts) and a lot of other students there to cheer on their school’s teams. These christian schools were from Lawrence, Topeka and Wichita -which are large cities in my state with diverse populations. During the game it suddenly became apparent to me that everyone in the gym was white – milky white. The bleachers were full of people with skin the color of the alabaster cities of heaven. I carefully scanned the gym and saw maybe two Asian students, zero Hispanic students and the only two black people that were at the event during the time that I was there, were the referees in the game.
Let me just repeat that…
The only two African American attendees for this event were the referees!
Should I write that again?
The only two AFRICAN AMERICAN people in all of Topeka, Wichita, and Lawrence who showed up for the Kansas Christian Athletic Association basketball tournament were the REFEREES!
I live in a small town in Kansas with a predominantly white population. And yet we have more African American basketball participants in one grade level in any of my son’s classes than an entire gym full of people at this christian basketball tournament.
After this experience, I think I can honestly question the true motives of choosing a christian school for your child. What are people really doing when they make that choice? What are they really screening out? What are they honestly hoping to avoid?
And might I suggest some diversity training to compensate for all that bland, boring, sameness in those private christian schools?
And guess who has a really awesome tutorial up for you to peruse!
My favorite blogger!
And what makes her tutorial so freaking awesome is that you never even have to leave your house to learn about diversity! All you have to do is BUY SOME DIFFERENT COLORED PLASTIC DOLLS and then never say a word to your kids about other races or ethnic groups! The dolls are all they NEED to learn about different races! This truly is a revolutionary way to learn about all kinds of people! And so much easier than say – actually knowing someone that is different! I tell you what, my respect for that web site and the astounding intellect behind it grows exponentially each and every day!