A Dallas school district recently took their students to a
local Cineplex. A day at the movies, you say? What fun! Well, unless you’re a
girl who happens to like action-adventure stories.
You see, the Dallas Independent School District took about
5,700 fifth-grade guys to watch Red Tails,
a movie about black fighter pilots during World War II. The girls stayed home
and caught a different flick, Akeelah and the Bee, newser.com reports.
Now we don’t have anything against Akeelah. In fact, we’re pretty big fans. But what we’re
wondering is why couldn’t the girls watch a movie about fighter pilots, too? A
representative of the district said that the boys were taken because there
wasn’t enough room in the movie theater for all of the students, and officials
thought the boys would enjoy the movie more than their female counterparts.
Apparently this isn’t the first time this particular school
district has divided the sexes for gender-specific events.
Perhaps the most interesting note of all, though, is the
subject matter of the film. Red Tails is
about the Tuskegee Airmen, the first group of black aviators who flew for the
U.S. military. These brave men were not allowed to fight alongside white men,
yet they served despite the glaring inequality. Hmm…
What do you think of this sitch, sweeties?
BY BRITTANY TAYLOR ON 2/21/2012 4:19:00 PM
POSTED IN In the News