April 21, 2008

"Diversity Day" At Centaurus High School In Lafayette, CO An All-Day, No Discussion Event

**Update--"Diversity Day" is compulsory, if there is no alternative to attendance apart from missing the day altogether.

Reader DK sent in this tip about Centaurus High School's upcoming "Diversity Day" and wrote--"Just read your post on "Tent City" and thought I would forward this to you. This is the 'agenda' for Diversity Day at Centaurus High School. Not just an assembly, but a whole day of 'respect and tolerance' that my 15 year old freshman son will have to sit through IF he isn't sick *cough, cough* that day. Would you care to bet if any of those student discussions will include 'respect and tolerance' of Christians, Conservatives or Patriotic Americans?"

Let's take a look at the propaganda, um, "agenda" (from an email):
Diversity Day on May 2

Theme: Respect and Tolerance

Each of performances this year will focus on the theme of respect and tolerance. As a school, we believe that the more we know about each other, the easier it is to understand and respect another person. Centurus is a diverse place which we are all proud to be a member of this community.

Period 1 Anyone and Everyone – A Movie

Connected by having a son or daughter who is gay, parents across the country discuss their experiences in a documentary. Filmmaker Susan polis Schutz depicts families from all walks of life. The parents talk about struggling with the pain their sons and daughters have dealt with throughout their lives.

Period 2 God Grew Tired of Us – A Movie

After raising themselves in the desert along with thousands of other parentless "lost boys," Sudanese refugees John, Daniel and Panther have found their way to America, where they experience electricity, running water and supermarkets for the first time.

Period 3 Student Panel

A group of our students here at CHS will share a Personal Experience Panel. They will focus on their experiences here around Respect and Tolerance. There will be a variety of students sharing their personal experiences. This is not a question and answer time, but just a time for the students to tell their stories.

Period 4 Theo Wilson – Slam Poet

Lucifury, a.k.a. Theo Wilson, has been doing spoken word poetry for the past 4 years. He is an award winning slam poet, and a member of the 2007 Slam Nuba poetry team, ranked fourth in the world. He has been active in the community for over 10 years, and considers his poetry to be his way of public service

Period 5 Grupor Folclorico Nueva Alianza

This is a Mexican Folkloric dance group that reflects the joyful character of Mexican dance. The Mexican States represented are: Veracruz, Chihuahua, Nuevo Leon, Nayarit and Jalisco.

Period 6 Student Panel

A second group of our students here at CHS will share a Personal Experience Panel. They will focus on their experiences here around Respect and Tolerance. There will be a variety of students sharing their personal experiences. This is not a question and answer time, but just a time for the students to tell their stories.

Period 7 What makes Centaurus Diverse?

We will share with the students the diverse programs that exist at CHS. This will be a time for the students to share what they have been doing. For example, Raise the Machine, Public Achievement, Peace Jam, Eco Warriors and Cultural Learning Day. This time will conclude with a power point made by the Diversity Club showing what makes our school unique through the lens of Respect and Tolerance.

Principal's Assistant
Centaurus High School
Yep, a lot of respectification and tolerance-izing, but strangely, not much diversity.

And notice how both "Personal Experience Panels" contain no Q&A or opportunity for discussion. More like a lecture than a panel.

What's left--a poetry slam and some Mexican dance. Ok, at least those might prove entertaining (unless the "slam" devolves into an anti-American diatribe).

What the heck is "Raise the Machine?" Peace Jam is sponsored by anti-American Nobel laureates, and we can probably be sure what the "Eco Warriors" are up to--as well as the "Diversity Club."

Diversity thugs in training.

So, as our reader asked, where are the Christians, Conservatives and Patriotic Americans? Seems that the range of acceptable "diversity" doesn't extend to them, and that, after all, is the intention.

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