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An open (and brief) letter to Don Imus

Dear Mr. Imus, 

As an educator, I must say that your recent comments really struck a sour cord with me.  But it's a 'teachable' moment. I'd also like to add that you put us (educators that is) in a very uncomfortable situation. I know you didn't mean to, but you did. Please let me know, how does one explain being called "nappy head" in the context in which you used it? I'll leave out the other offensive remark. But thankfully there are some wonderful books out there that can 'explain away' your disparaging comments and provide a positive outlook for our young people. Lastly, Don, before you sign off, there's another  fabulous documentary by a 17 year old filmmaker, Kiri Davis.  This young lady truly captures why we shouldn't insult people with name calling in her moving documentary entitled, A GIRL LIKE ME.   Please watch it Mr. Imus and understand that a girl's image is pretty sacred and easily damaged. So let's move past this and celebrate our differences with some books that will explain them to you.

Warm regards,
Amy Bowllan
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  1. Mary Lee says:

    Nice, Amy. Well said.

    Mary Lee
    A Year of Reading