Teen response to Sally Kern

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I've had a tough time getting Sally Kern's hateful words out of my head. Truth be told, I have yet to be successful. Of course, I am not the only one who has been bothered by what she said -- the internet is veritably humming with outraged discussion. But what about the people she represents, the people of Oklahoma? Are they in agreement with their elected official?

Apparently not, based on what I've been reading. Perhaps most poignant and thought-provoking was a letter from an Oklahoma City teenager, a senior in high school. Normally, his letter might be written off as nothing more than an inexperienced kid talking about something he knows nothing about but, in this case, sadly, he does have some relevant experience. As he wrote:

"On April 19, 1995, in Oklahoma City a terrorist detonated a bomb that killed my mother and 167 others. ... That terrorist was neither a homosexual or was he involved in Islam. ... Your harsh words and misguided beliefs brought me to tears, because you told me that my mother's killer was a better person than a group of people that are seeking safety and tolerance for themselves."

This is obviously an intelligent, eloquent young man who was severely hurt by Kern's words. If this is how students in Oklahoma are taught to reason and express themselves, perhaps there is hope for the state after all, despite Representative Kern's best efforts.

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AdviceMama Says:
Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.