Wednesday, May 24, 2006
A cacophonous protest started in front of the San Francisco School District building...
...on the corner of Franklin and McAllister at about 6:30 PM on Monday the 23rd.
The group of about 200 students were objecting to a proposal at that evening's Board of Education meeting...
...that would ban the Junior ROTC from the San Francisco School District by the end of the 2006-07 year.
The reason for this action was not to protect students from being dragooned into Iraq and wherever else the United States empire happened to be invading...
...but to take a stand against the military's discriminatory "don't ask, don't tell" policy.
This strikes me as ridiculous grandstanding on the part of the Board.
The junior ROTC, in my experience, has always been for the geeky and nerdy, and it allows them to be part of a group, to have uniforms, and to accomplish things together with discipline.
In San Francisco, it also seems to be predominantly populated with Asian kids, which came as a surprise.
Next door on Franklin Street, another young group filled with discipline and pretty costumes was just getting finished with a parents' recital at the San Francisco Ballet School.
This group seemed to be a bit paler and more prosperous than their protesting neighbors next door, but in essence they were the same.
They were a shared interest group filled with disciplined youngsters, outrageous costumes, and group activity.
As long as it's the kids themselves who want to go to ballet school or the junior ROTC, rather than their parents forcing them into something for their own reasons, leave them be.