Graduation address shocking


My daughter graduated from Oak Ridge High School last week. This is a time-honored celebrated right of passage. This celebration was marred by the thoughtless discriminating words used by one of our elected high school board of trustees. I was truly shocked to find Todd White, an elected representative of the El Dorado Union High School District, a public institution, use words to pontificate God as only a Christian God, and furthermore express political views including U.S. citizenship as the only true valuable member of society.

Our community is collective of all religions, citizens and beliefs. We embrace and go beyond tolerance to accept all those that live and attend public schools in our community. The most troubling idea for me was Mr. White’s lack of inclusion. Our school has Jewish, Muslim and other religions represented, in addition to those students who may not be U.S. citizens but are here legally for numerous reasons. I found his speech offensive, insensitive and downright embarrassing. His diatribe followed a very eloquent speech by Angela Brown, which implored behavior beyond tolerance to acceptance, embracing and enriching our lives with the multicultural group we live among.

Sadly, Todd White does not represent me or others in El Dorado Hills. He apparently forgot that the public school is not the forum to express religious or political views. He clearly does not represent the diverse community of our public schools. I ask that he resign his representation of our students until he learns acceptance of all religions and citizens of our educational community.

El Dorado Hills

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Posted by on Jun 9 2013.
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  2. Justin Masters

    I’m sure if given 5-10 more minutes of time, he could have included references to all religions’ references to their respective supreme beings.

    I have attended 4 graduations there, with 3 having no reference to any deity. This most recent one did. How about celebrating the diversity of having ONE reference, rather than NO reference! Maybe it’s the beginning of something good when we can celebrate OTHER people’s beliefs as much as our own.

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