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Board Approved Racism in Wicomico County Public Schools Gets Even Worse

Updated: Apr 28



How do we define race and ethnicity? How do we properly communicate the correct definitions to our children? The dictionary defines racism as: (1) prejudice, discrimination, or antagonism directed against a person or people on the basis of their membership of a particular racial or ethnic group, typically one that is a minority or marginalized. (2) the belief that different races possess distinct characteristics, abilities, or qualities, especially so as to distinguish them as inferior or superior to one another. This needs to be made understandable to our children... that we are all of one blood, all descended from one original ancestor, and therefore no one is inferior or superior.

It is extremely easy to accuse someone of being a "racist.” In fact, it has become a popular term that is often used to attack the character of someone who does not have the same political beliefs or values in order to shut down any discussion, or to establish an upper hand over another person. Racist language and allegations are loosely thrown around in the news media, and social media. We face a critical point in which our children are now exposed to the controversy of race, racism, equality and social justice.

Our politicians, school boards, and administrations are responsible to ensure that “equality and justice for all” is provided to everyone. The laws are equal, and so justice must be equally distributed and upheld among all members of our diverse communities throughout the country. Society in America is provided with an opportunity of freedom. Now, we must be careful who we allow to educate or formulate the views and opinions of our children and our youth.


You see a term called "Anti-Racism" popping up in the media and at school, which on the surface sounds like a positive term that makes sense. However, the term is very deceptive, because the sound of the term is not what it actually means. Many teachers are being encouraged to implement anti-racism activism in the classroom and in their lesson plans. Click to learn about anti-racism in the classroom and how this hypothetical ideology is not what you'd think it would be. Anti-racism theology has had an effect on redefining the terms social justice, equity, and equality to encompass a new and deceptively extreme meaning.


According to anti-racist author Ibram X. Kendi, "You're either a racist or an anti-racist. If you say that you're not a racist, or remain neutral or quiet on the subject, then you're a racist." You must be actively involved in anti-racism activism in accordance to his specifications in order not to be classified "a racist." Anti-racism theology is based upon Critical Race Theory, which is more of a hypothesis than a theory. However, many seek to implement it in our institutions as law (absolute).


"Critical Race Theory (CRT) is the view that the law and legal institutions are inherently racist and that race itself, instead of being biologically grounded and natural, is a socially constructed concept that is used by white people to further their economic and political interests at the expense of people of color. According to critical race theory (CRT), racial inequality emerges from the social, economic, and legal differences that white people create between “races” to maintain elite white interests in labor markets and politics, giving rise to poverty and criminality in many minority communities." - Encyclopedia Britannica


To give some examples, if a person were to be Caucasian and expresses their opinion that racism is being blown out of proportion, then that person would be classified as a "white denier." If someone disagrees with critical race theory and anti-racism theology, then that person would be classified as a "white supremacist." If someone expresses their anger over the unfairness and discrimination of critical race theory and anti-racism theology, then that would be a result of their "white fragility," because the topic called them out of their comfort zone. If a person asks for "white American cheese" from a deli attendant that isn't white, then that request would be considered "racially insensitive" and would be a demonstration of the customer's "microaggression."


It is clear that critical race theory and anti-racism is not about equality, diversity, creating unity, or treating others with unconditional love and respect, but using race to establish a dictatorship of ultimate power and control over others. The fact is, nobody is superior or inferior to another, and nobody is to have power or control over another. To think otherwise is dangerous, as history has demonstrated. The problem is, critical race theory even attempts to undermine history, so that danger we once learned from history is no longer relevant.

Who gets to determine if a person is racist or not, and who gets to be the judge, jury, and executor? Many see themselves as an expert judge on this subject. They target others by ostracizing those who oppose or disagree with such theologies, sometimes going to extreme lengths to destroy the lives of others. This is known as the "cancel culture." Implementation of critical race theory and anti-racism theology actually creates discrimination and inequality, and is now being promoted by the schools through segregation and targeting within its curriculum. Depending on a person's color, anyone who questions or challenges critical race theory or anti-racist theology will be considered a racist by default. The school system is now partaking in the identification and assignment of scarlet letters or "cattle branding" of certain groups based on a person's color, gender, sexuality, religion, or family values. They do this while contradicting their very own Equal Opportunity and Non-Discrimination policy, but who will notice?


Public and private schools are posting information on their websites with resources about educating your children about race and racism. Pay very close attention to this information, and review the contents and the links that they post. Take responsibility for teaching your children to always be kind, respectful, and to show dignity toward others, especially in their speech. Morality and ethics are subjects that should be upheld in public schools, including civics. Our schools need to educate our youth, so that each person can think on their own without interference. The role of the public school is not to become an indoctrination factory of hypothetical ideology. The role is to educate our children with English, Math, Science, and (unrevised) History.


If you look at the Wicomico County Board of Education school library, you will find racist propaganda such as the books "Anti-Racist Baby" used in first grade classrooms and "Stamped - Racism, Anti-Racism & You," which is being used in high school English classes to indoctrinate students on how racist America is, attempts to redefine history, depicts Abraham Lincoln as a racist, and states that all laws and policies are racist. Also, the book tries to establish an infinite state of victimhood, attempts to establish exemptions from the law based on color, believes that laws and opportunities are racist and unjust, because everything was written by whites. So on and so forth....


Ironically on page 3 of the book Stamped, the author talks about assimilationists being racist, and Superintendent Donna Hanlin stated in a recent letter that she sees the role of the schools as an "Assimilative Force." If the WCBOE/WCPS actually believes in the the critical race theory/anti-racist theology by allowing such educational materials in the school and taught within its curriculum, then they are admitting that they themselves are racist using the word "Assimilative" according to the author's statements (who they support). In addition, the word "Force" is not a good choice of words when it disrespectfully and abusively goes against one’s will or right to exist. The Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines Force as: Violence, compulsion, or constraint exerted upon or against a person or thing, capacity to persuade or convince.” No matter who you are, this is an extreme overreach of power by the school, and every parent should be aware of this forced Indoctrination that's currently taking place.


On the school's website at wcboe.org, they also have a page titled “Talking To Your Child About Racism.” At the bottom of their page, the local school district listed resources that clearly appear to be discriminatory in nature. We need to keep politics and propaganda out of school. This is a non-partisan issue that should be recognized regardless of one’s personal view or political affiliation.

The following resource links are found at the bottom of their Talking To Your Child About Racism page:


Children's Alliance- Talking About Racism Resource Center

Child Mind Institute- Racism and Violence: How to Help Kids Handle the News

Uplifting Youth Through Healthy Communication About Race

Center for Racial Justice in Education Resources

Parent Tool Kit- How to Talk to Kids About Race and Racism

Your Kids Aren't Too Young to Talk about Race: Resource Roundup

These resources appear to be politically motivated, cast blame on some groups, attempt to shame some groups, show partiality, dismisses the existence of racial bias in other groups, prejudiced, discriminatory, cause division, interfere with parental discretion, and contradicts the WCBOE school policy on discrimination (BOE-GEN-PL-001) and equity policy (INS-SCH-PL-038).


Racism cannot be addressed with racism. As a society, we need to have respectful and meaningful conversations about race without discriminating, establishing prejudices or disparaging others, or it will have an opposite effect of what may be intended. We encourage you to contact the WCBOE board members to file a complaint and let them know your opinion of their racial bias in the school system and how they're handling it.

WCBOE Board Members

Donald Fitzgerald - dfitzger@wcboe.org

Gene Malone - gmalone@wcboe.org

Allen Brown - abrown@wcboe.org

John Palmer - jpalmer@wcboe.org

Tonya Lewis - tlewis@wcboe.org

Michael Murray - mmurray@wcboe.org

Ann Suthowski - asuthowsk@wcboe.org

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February 21, 2021 Copyright DelmarvaPTC.org


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Comments


A lot of what we’re dealing with right now is the result of the hang-ups produced by the non-diverse upbringings and backgrounds of the upper classes, who are the ones taking it out on the rest of us who had much more integrated experiences and don’t have those same hang-ups. The reason why so many extremely woke people turn out to have been bigoted in the past is because bigotry used to be the best way to bully and intimidate people, but now performative anti-bigotry is the best way to bully and intimidate people. An evolving toolset for sociopaths. — Shant Mesrobian (@ShantMM) February 25, 2021


References


1.) https://www.google.com/search?=Race&oq=Race&aqs=chrome..69i57j46l2j0j46l2j0j69i65.1290j0j8&sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8

2.) https://www.archives.gov/founding-docs/declaration-transcript#:~:text=We%20hold%20these%20truths%20to,and%20the%20pursuit%20of%20Happiness.

3.) https://www.wcboe.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=4&ModuleInstanceID=8778&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=9939&PageID=1


4.) Encyclopedia Britannica https://www.britannica.com/topic/critical-race-theory


5.) Stamped "Racism, Anti-racism, and You" - Jason Reynolds and Ibram X. Kendi


6.) There's No Apolitical Classroom - PragerU - https://www.prageru.com/video/there-is-no-apolitical-classroom/


7.) Cancel Culture - Wikipedia - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cancel_culture


8.) Merriam Webster Dictionary - https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/force



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