A QUESTION I ALWAYS LIKE TO ASK: “WHAT MESSAGE DOES THIS SEND TO YOUNG STUDENTS?”

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We often forget that “public people” are still people. I often wonder how Loretta Lynch feels during these many difficult days (and I often pray for her). After spending so much time in preparation; after playing by all of the rules (they, and not she have set up); after offering a distinguished service record that is rich in excellent expertise; and yet she can’t even get the opportunity to win or lose. This is such a terrible message for our young people; who (of which I am probably the most guilty) are continually encouraged to prepare themselves through education, practiced study, and hard work. This is one of those moments that I am glad I don’t have to go into a school, and explain the Loretta Lynch situation to students; somehow I think that the true but insufficient: “there are unfair and evil people in the world”, would not be enough; students learn (even as we think they are not learning) a great deal through quiet watching and observation. And although I really admire the work and decency of Rachel Maddow; I found it hard to watch last night as this story was being spun, as usual, by the news media as just bad “partisan politics”. I think Ms. Lynch is more than a “pawn”; she is a person with emotions and feelings; and I think that she is in many ways a symbolic expression of the painful history that many who look like her face in this nation; standing at the door fully prepared; while it remains shut… There have been so many for so many years, standing outside of the closed doors of opportunity, unable to walk in…