Election Thoughts From Middle Schoolers

By: qwerty53

Nov 22 2008

Category: 2008 Election, Helena, AL, Uncategorized

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After voting on November 4 and observing the massive turnout in our small Alabama town, I began to think about a time in the future when the children of today will surely still recall highlights. I stopped by the Helena Middle School and put forth to 6th grade students the question: “When you are seventy-five years old and your grandchildren (or great-children) ask you what you remember about these times,
what will you tell them?”
Here are some of the answers—from up and coming young minds:
(Responses from Nov. 4)
—I will remember my parents were voting for McCain but we had been researching in history about the election and I actually liked much about Obama not McCain. My point is, you won’t always agree with your parents in the election or your friends. Just vote for who you think will do a good job. Most of all, always vote when you can!      —Sarah M.
—I will remember about how everyone was racist about McCain and Obama. They will use racism to insult everyone. I would tell them not to be racist. It’s rude. I will say the important thing is we need someone who helps our country.     —Ian G.
—Three things. Obama and McCain were so close in electoral votes for the state of Ohio. Also that Barack Obama and Hilary Clinton were so close in the Democratic Party. And last, that when Sarah Palin became VP for John McCain, my mom told me if I had a little girl I needed to name her Palin and I promised I would.     —Boomer M.
—One thing I would remember to tell my grandchildren is how I was a part of a mock election in my school and I was made fun of because I voted from my heart for Barack Obama.   —Eryn W.

(Responses from Nov. 5)
—This was the most historical election ever. Back a long time ago, African Americans weren’t allowed to vote or women. However, in this election a woman and an African American ran along with John McCain whom I wanted to win. This was the biggest campaign in American history and 80% of Americans voted in this wild and out-of-this-world election.    —Daniel D.
—In this election many firsts happened . . . . . I was in a school where most of my opinions were the exact opposite of what most other people thought. I remember coming home from Scouts and watching the election with my mom. I went to bed when it was definite that Obama won.    —Nicholas S.
—I would tell them that Barack Obama was the first president who was black. Everyone made up all these lies like he’s a terrorist, muslim and all that stuff. My dad and mom are major Republicans, but Obama is probably the world’s best speaker and he won my dad and brother over. He won by a landslide, 336 to 222. Usually I never hear anything about the election but this year I did about 30 projects about it.    —Chris S.

The above was printed in my Lifestyles column in the Shelby County Reporter.

There was one response from Nov. 5 that went unpublished, but gave me great concern for the continuing proliferation of racism and lies that some children learn from their parents. It read (sic):
“I will tell my grandchildren I did not like this election. It wasn’t really fair. It was about half and half on the popular votes, but on the electorl votes Barack Obama won it. And McCain had more states won. I would also tell them that my freinds and I would move to Canada if Barack Obama won the election, but we were just kidding. Then I’d tell them why would people vote for a muslum that his dad knew Osama Bin Ladan. His dad commited suicide, his best friend is a terrorist an this world has gone slap CRAZY! That is what I would tell my grandchildren in 75 years.”

We can only hope that perhaps by 2073
many of the divisions held to be ‘true’
in the minds of Americans will have been healed.

That intelligent and thoughtful leadership
will create new models of ‘freedom and justice for all.’

That church and state will once again be separate,
that greed will not prevail and that compassion for every living creature
will be the legacy that has “filtered down.”

Photo of students of Cathy Brown’s English class with their fictional ‘candidates’ posters taken Election Day 2008.


One comment on “Election Thoughts From Middle Schoolers”

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