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Friday, March 18, 2005

Update on The Ignorant Parent
The parent emailed back suggesting that the class read Angela's Ashes instead of Kindred. He also accused my friend and other "so-called educators" of having a bias against teaching about the successes of white Americans. He suggested also that my friend think about her bias while she was enjoying all the modern comforts allowed to her by the inventions of white men.
I ask you, Ignorant Parent, to consider these:

Benjamin BannekerHis inventive spirit would lead him to be called the "first African American inventor", Banneker invented the first Farmers' Almanac.
Andrew Jackson BeardOn November 27, 1897, Beard received a patent for a device he called the Jenny Coupler.
Miriam E. BenjaminMs. Benjamin was the second black woman to receive a patent. She received a patent for an invention she called 'a Gong and Signal Chair for Hotels.'
Henry BlairHenry Blair was the second black inventor issued a patent by the United States Patent Office.
Bessie BlountBlount invented a device to help disabled persons eat.
Sarah BooneThe ironing board (U.S. Patent #473,653) was invented by African-American Sarah Boone on December 30, 1887.
Otis BoykinBoykin invented the 'Electrical Resistor' used in computers, radios, television sets and a variety of electronic devices.
Charles BrooksC. B. Brooks invented the first street sweeper truck and was issued a patent on March 17, 1896.
Henry BrownBrown patented a 'receptacle for storing and preserving papers' on November 2, 1886, which developed into what is now known as the bank safety deposit box
George Washington CarverCarver invented peanut butter, adhesives, bleach, chili sauce, ink, instant coffee, linoleum, mayonnaise, paper, plastic, pavement, shaving cream, talcum powder and more.
George CarruthersCarruthers was the inventor of the far-ultraviolet camera and the spectrograph.
Emmett W. ChappelleChappelle was a biochemist, photobiologist, astrochemist and inventor.
John B. ChristianJohn B. Christian invented and patented new lubricants used in high flying aircraft and NASA space missions.
David CrosthwaitCrosthwait holds 39 patents for heating systems and temperature regulating devices. He is most well known for creating the heating system for New York City's famous Radio City Music Hall.
Mark DeanDean co-invented improvements in computer architecture that allowed IBM compatible PCs to use the same peripheral devices.
Dr. Charles Richard DrewDrew was the first person to develop the blood bank.
Philip EmeagwaliIn 1989, Emeagwali won the Gordon Bell Prize, considered the equivalent of the Nobel Prize, for developing the fastest supercomputer software in the world.
Sarah E. GoodeSarah Goode was the first African-American women to receive a patent (US #322,177), which was issued on 7/14/1885. She invented a type of cabinet bed.
Meredith C. GourdineGourdine was the inventor of electrogasdynamics systems.
Lloyd Augustus HallLloyd Hall is responsible for the meat curing products, seasonings, emulsions, bakery products, antioxidants, protein hydrolysates and many other products that keep our food fresh and flavorable.
Thomas L. JenningsThomas L. Jennings was the first African American to receive a patent (US patent3306x), which was issued on March 3rd, 1821.
Lonnie JohnsonJohnson invented the Super SoakerĀ® a squirt gun and also invented thermodynamics systems on the side.
Frederick JonesJones invented the first automatic refrigeration system for long-haul trucks.
Marjorie Stewart JoynerJoyner invented a permanent wave machine that would allow a hairdo to stay set for days.
Percy Lavon JulianJulian synthesized the medicines physostigmine for glaucoma and cortisone used for rheumatoid arthritis and he invented fire-extinguishing equipment.
Lewis Howard LatimerLatimer invented the water closet for railroad cars, an electric lamp with an inexpensive carbon filament and a threaded wooden socket for light bulbs.
John Lee LoveThe "Love Sharpener" was designed by John Lee Love. Love's invention is the very simple and portable pencil sharpener that many artists use today.
Jan Earnst MatzeligerMatzeliger invented an automatic method for lasting shoes, which made the mass production of affordable shoes possible.
Elijah McCoyMcCoy is best known for having invented the automatic oil cup. During his life, McCoy invented and sold 57 different kinds of devices and machine parts, including an ironing board and a lawn sprinkler. His first patent was for a lubricator for steam engines ( US #129,843), which was issued on July 12th, 1872.
Garrett A. MorganMorgan invented the gas mask and the automatic traffic signal.
Norbert RillieuxRillieux invented the sugar processing evaporator.
Madame WalkerMadame Walker was a St. Louis washerwoman turned entrepreneur, who in 1905 invented a method to soften and smooth African-American hair.
Granville T. WoodsWoods invented improvements to electric railways, air brakes, telephones and telegraphs; a chicken egg incubator and an apparatus for an amusement park ride.

Next time you want to bag on "so-called educators," do your research.


Thursday, March 17, 2005

An English teacher friend of mine just forwarded an email that she got from a parent demanding to know why after "a whole month of Black History Studies" she was requiring her students to read "Kindred," the story of woman transported back to Civil War era and forced into slavery. He wondered if Black minorities were the only oppressed people and why she couldn't teach about the oppression of EUROPEAN IMMIGRANTS forced out of countries with unfavorable living conditions in search of a better life.

She assured him that most of their time in class was, indeed, focused on white American men of European descent.

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

They passed the bond referendum in Walnut County so that there can be enough busses and schools for this booming white flight community. Hallelujah.

Tuesday, March 15, 2005

Two mini's and a dead fish
1. white minivan with spinners (hilarious)
2. mini cooper convertible (not as cute as I imagined)

I accidentally washed one of my goldfish down the drain while I was cleaning their bowl. If it makes it past the chemical encrusted drain of the darkroom sink, I hope it lives a long happy life in the sewer. RIP Travis!

Monday, March 14, 2005

I'm sort of dressed up today.
Not that on most days I'm slumming it, but I made a point to not make this one of those days that I sleep in, wear jeans and hope no one will notice.
Spring has almost sprung and that warrants a shift upwards in my wardrobe. There isn't anything to really prompt me to look cute when its raining or I have to cover everything up with a winter coat.
I love spring in the south.

After seeing a handful of very bad high school bands on Saturday, I was proud to find that my babies from Walnut High were show stealers. Apparently they did not win, but I thought that they were the best. BG agreed. I have reached new esteem staying out late at a rock show that so many of my students were in attendance for. Lots of smokers. And moshing is definitely not dead, although I wish it were.

Someone PLEASE hire me.
That is all.

I'm sort of dressed up today.
Not that on most days I'm slumming it, but I made a point to not make this one of those days that I sleep in, wear jeans and hope no one will notice.
Spring has almost sprung and that warrants a shift upwards in my wardrobe. There isn't anything to really prompt me to look cute when its raining or I have to cover everything up with a winter coat.
I love spring in the south.

After seeing a handful of very bad high school bands on Saturday, I was proud to find that my babies from Walnut High were show stealers. Apparently they did not win, but I thought that they were the best. BG agreed. I have reached new esteem staying out late at a rock show that so many of my students were in attendance for. Lots of smokers. And moshing is definitely not dead, although I wish it were.

Someone PLEASE hire me.
That is all.

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