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RuPaul IS A Role Model

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Lenox Magee

Lenox Magee is a freelance journalist and blogger in the Chicagoland area.

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Advocate.com reported on a story that asked the question whether RuPaul is a questionable role model for Blacks? The question arised when a principal of a South Los Angeles elementary school allowed students to carry photos of RuPaul, O.J. Simpson and Dennis Rodman in a parade celebrating Black History Month. The photos of RuPaul, Simpson and Rodman were mixed in and among pictures if more traditional role models including President Barack Obama and Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

"Unfortunately, questionable decisions were made in the selection of noteworthy African-American role models," Lorraine Abner wrote Thursday in a letter sent to parents of students at Wadsworth Avenue Elementary School. "As the principal, I offer my apology for these errors in judgment."

RuPaul is a role model. She's an artist and entertainer, while she may be a member of a group of iconic representations of GLBT culture, this status does not limit her from being a valid black role model for children. She inspires others to be themselves. My best friend from High School always admired RuPaul because of her zero tolerance policy - she didn't take any crap from anyone.  And, think of all the people she's help understand the lifestyle of being a Dragqueen, especially, on her new show, RuPaul's Drag Race.

It's funny because O.J. Simpson is currently serving a nine-year prison sentence for robbery and kidnapping in Nevada. In 1995, he was acquitted of killing his ex-wife and her friend. Rodman has gained notoriety for his bad boy behavior while RuPaul is a drag queen and host of RuPaul's Drag Race. Now, of the three, whom do you think is an acceptable role model?

So, to the parents of South Los Angeles elementary school, start early with your children about be accepting. Don't teach them to think that if you dress up in women's clothes you can't possibly be a role model or inspiration because you can.

Three teachers were suspended and are now on paid administrative leave while the Los Angeles Unified School District investigates the incident, district spokeswoman Gayle Pollard-Terry told The Los Angeles Times. The teachers, all men, have first, second and fourth grade classes. Bring them back! They did the right thing- they let the students decide who inspires them.

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