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Published: Saturday, April 2 2011 12:00 a.m. MDT

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Esquire
Springville, UT

If principles relating to racism and clearly inappropriate actions reflecting racism are not taught early and often, then parents, the schools and society have failed. But kids are exposed to various media and will know more about the world than many adults. If they haven't learned that white hoods and other racism symbols are wrong, then the negative responses of society to these offensive symbols are being offset by the family and community, where racism is tolerated, spoken about approvingly either directly or indirectly, or there just no getting it.

John Charity Spring
Alloway, NJ

This sad episode has received national attention because of its outrageous nature. It does not reflect well on the younger generation.

As Esquire pointed out, too many parents are apparently too busy to properly train their children. As a result, the modern entertainment industry has become the default caregiver for most children.

Modern Hollywood teaches that it is not only acceptable to engage in outrageously offensive conduct, it is desirable. As a result, school children engage in increasingly vulgar conduct in order to attract attention to themselves.

The answer to this problem is not the sporadic and isolated discipline of school administrators. The answer is for parents to be in the home so that they can instill discipline and respect in their children. How much longer will society be willing to pay the price for two-income, absentee-parent homes?

2 bits
Cottonwood Heights, UT

Too many kids get their sense of what "Humor" is... from crass programs that make a living off going WAY over the line of propriety (South Park, MTV, etc) and teaching the kids that it's FUNNY to do outragious things... and the more outragious the funnier.

That said... Partents do have the responsibility to overwhelm those messages with whateve wholesome messages they can teach them at home.

Maybe a FHE lesson about racial issues would be a good idea every now and then.

one old man
Ogden, UT

I suggest everyone take a look at the blog produced by Larsz (spelling?) Cosby. I don't have the link handy, but you can Google it.

The comments made by other students -- and probably a few adults -- are downright frightening. And as a retired teacher in Utah schools, I can assure you that many of them come from kids whose parents take them to church every
Sunday.

We have a long way to go, folks.

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