Monday, November 5, 2007

Rev. Michael Coleman: Part of the problem, not part of the solution

There's an old saying from the 70's (maybe the 60's, too): "Either you're part of the solution or you're part of the problem."

Rev. Michael Coleman of the Kenosha chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP) seems to be part of the problem.

Rev. Coleman's undies are in a bundle because the school board won't rename the Brass Community School -- the elementary school under construction to replace Durkee and Lincoln Elementary Schools -- to honor the late Mildred Brown, who taught in Kenosha schools for 24 years.

I personally agreed that it would make more sense to name the school after a fine educator such as Ms. Brown but I didn't feel there was any "obligation" to do so.

Rev. Coleman thinks otherwise. He believes the school must be named after Ms. Brown or another worthy "minority." And Rev. Coleman plans to pitch his beef to the local NAACP executive board this week.

The problem here is the "entitlement" mentality espoused by Rev. Coleman. There is no obligation to name this school after anyone. The local NAACP has far bigger issues to deal with.

That said, Brass Community School is an awfully boring moniker. I liked the idea of naming the school after Ms. Brown. It was a good idea -- not an obligation.

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