Remember earlier this week when I told you about hanging this poster behind my desk in my classroom?
I have already had a few encounters with some of my students regarding the poster. The first one was rather humorous and disturbing all at the same time. At the end of class, a female student walked up to me and asked, "Who is that guy?" I told her the truth: "He was a mass-murderer who helped bring communism to the country of Cuba." She said, "What do you mean, 'mass-murderer'?" I told her about the 14,000 Cubans that Che was either directly or indirectly responsible for executing. The student got this ashen look on her face and then lifted up the bottom of her shirt enough to reveal her belt. Her belt and buckle looked very similar to this:
The student asked me, "Is this guy on my buckle the same as on your poster?" After I answered in the affirmative, she turned to a friend standing next to her, and said, "Omigod, I want to take this belt off right now!" I then asked this student, "Where did you get that belt anyway? Why are you wearing it?" The student told me it belonged to her older sister and that she had picked it up off the bedroom floor because she needed a belt to wear.
I have another student - this one is male - who now comes to class wearing a Che button on his jacket lapel. He also showed me his wallet the other day, which has a red communist star on it. Isn't communist-chic just the cutest thing? Imagine a student proudly pulling out a wallet with a swastika on it and sticking a Heinrich Himmler pin on his lapel! Yes, you can only imagine.
Good Day to You, Sir