Comment of the week from blogge reader John van Owen:
Marlon Anderson is a GREAT HUMAN BEING.
There is a reason why the East High Class of 2015 chose Marlon, and no other staff member, to deliver their commencement speech. Marlon respects everyone: white, black, brown, yellow, rich, poor, honors student, struggling 5 credit senior. It doesn’t matter to him, he simply respects everyone.
Neither the West High Principal nor anyone in the administration had a clue who Marlon truly was or what he meant to these students….but they do now. This guy EXUDES LOVE.
When I told my long-since graduated child about this, he had so many great stories about Marlon’s work at East, and he finished by saying Marlon exudes love. I do wonder, since they are so quick to kick any staff person who uses the N-word to the curb, why not so the same with the students?
Oh yeah, there wouldn’t be many students of color left in the MMSD. This IS society’s fault, not Marlon’s. This guy works tirelessly to make all students better people and for that, he gets screwed.