Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Join the facebook group "Helen Thomas should have been our graduation speaker"

Helen Thomas was almost the graduation speaker for the Walt Whitman High School Class of 2010.

The purpose of this group is to quietly but firmly protest the ability of a small minority to impose its will on the larger group through engaging or threatening to engage in disruptive discourse. This group affirms a belief in reasonable discussion and feel that in this scenario, a clear minority was able to override a larger majority by distorting the issues and discussion.

Regarding Dr. Goodwin's decision:
We understand and accept the rationale for changing graduation speakers given the divisiveness in the community. As Dr. Goodwin stated, graduation is a time for cohesiveness, not divisiveness. However, we firmly protest that small minority of voices which was intent on politicizing an traditionally wonderful ceremony and dividing the community based purely on their political views. Their advocacy unfairly forced the change of graduation speaker.

from wikipedia:
Helen Thomas (born August 4, 1920) is an American news service reporter, a Hearst Newspapers columnist, member of the White House Press Corps and author. She served for fifty-seven years as a correspondent and, later, White House bureau chief for United Press International (UPI). Thomas has covered every President of the United States since the later years of the Eisenhower administration, coming to the forefront with John F. Kennedy. She was the first female officer of the National Press Club, the first female member and president of the White House Correspondents Association, and, in 1975, the first female member of the Gridiron Club. She has written five books; her latest with co-author Craig Crawford is Listen Up, Mr. President: Everything You Always Wanted Your President to Know and Do.

Nothing we do will change our graduation speaker now, however it would be nice to know I am not alone in preferring that a legend like Helen Thomas had spoken at our graduation.

join the facebook group Helen Thomas should have been our graduation speaker

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