racism

Every morning the custodian of the school goes out and raises the American Flag, sadly the children inside that school, do not know the Pledge of Allegiance nor the Stars Bangled Banner or any patriotic songs. Patriotism is not encouraged in schools.   Today, that custodian now also raises a BLM flag. Do the children inside that school know what that flag means? Black Lives Matter, does that mean my life, if I am white, red, brown or yellow does not matter? The BLM flag is a divider. To the people who support BLM, if you really believe Black lives matter, why aren’t you working on the...
I looked first for what I could appreciate in Heidi Recupero’s response to Joanna Colwell’s letter in support of flying the Black Lives Matter flag at the Middlebury Union High School (Letters section, Sept. 30 and Sept. 9, respectively). I found most of it in the parts of her letter that did not address what Ms. Colwell was saying. For instance, Ms. Recupero concludes “This could be a wonderful teaching moment for students at the high school.” But nothing in Ms Colwell’s letter said flying a BLM flag should end the discussion. Why can’t an ongoing “teaching moment” occur just as easily or to...
I am writing in response to Joanna Colwell’s letter to the editor on Sept. 9, 2021 (“MUHS should fly the BLM flag”), in which she passively/aggressively refers to her “dear neighbors” and then shames them by accusing them of “denial and gaslighting of our Black and Brown neighbors.” How many people will now look for these “Racism Has No Home Here” signs and assume that they are gaslighting people Ms. Colwell is referring to when she states, “What is it about this simple statement, ‘Black Lives Matter’ that makes so many white people anxious and upset? What makes us want to stay neutral in the...
On June 10 this paper featured a strident letter critical of the teaching of Critical Race Theory (CRT) in schools. I’m writing to share a different perspective. As I understand it, CRT is not a curriculum. It is simply a lens through which teachers can help students examine the role of racism and race in American society, both now and historically. The basic principle (it is not specifically referred to as “Critical Race Theory” except by ill-informed critics, but rather as an equity program) asserts, correctly, that racism is purely a social construct — one that presents one race as...
Unless you have been living under a complete media blackout for the last six weeks, you’ve probably heard of Critical Race Theory and the latest efforts to keep it out of U.S. K-12. But do you know what Critical Race Theory is? I wanted to make sure I had the correct definition, so I turned to good old Wikipedia. There, CRT is defined as “an academic movement of civil rights scholars and activists in the United States who seek to critically examine the law as it intersects with issues of race and to challenge mainstream liberal approaches to racial justice.” In other words, CRT examines the...
I understand that the Addy Indy has a (rightful) interest in printing letters from across the political spectrum in order to promote “responsible debate,” but I am genuinely unclear about what is “responsible” in the letter by Mr. Jackson on CRT (Critical Race Theory) that ran in the June 10 edition. The problem with Mr. Jackson’s letter is that it is wholly incorrect about literally everything he claims about CRT, starting with the first sentence, and continuing for every sentence thereafter. CRT is not known as “Courageous Conversation.” It is not “instructed by teachers.” Unless primary...
In response to the June 10 letter “Race theory in schools panned”: There is importance in listening to different arguments. When it comes to the topic of racism, however, the facts speak for themselves. Have you looked at the news and seen who is being disproportionately killed and discriminated against in this country? There is no room to challenge anti-racism or Critical Race Theory. Something or someone is either racist or not. As white people are not victims of racism but rather the historic perpetrators of racism, white people must listen to Black voices on what is and is not racist. A...
Critical Race Theory (CRT) (also known as Courageous Conversation or by some other euphemism) as instructed by teachers, is the result of the intersection of three perspectives: self-loathing, virtue signaling and political expediency. According to CRT, all whites must atone for their racist beliefs because they are inherently racist; whites can gain a few points by signaling how virtuous they are in admitting their racism; politicians and activists can ride the wave of CRT Awareness to get more votes in the next election due to their new-found awareness. In reality, people who believe that...
Amidst the flurry of concluding business last week, the Vermont Senate passed three resolutions that are small but important steps to acknowledge and address racism in the state. The first, JRH 6, a joint resolution of the House and Senate, declares that racism is a public health emergency. The second, SR 10, designates May 2021 as Asian-American, Native Hawaiian and Pacific Islander Heritage Month in Vermont. The resolution also condemns anti-Asian and anti-Pacific Islander hate in the United States. SR 11 was the third resolution, passed by the Senate with a unanimous vote. The measure...
In recent weeks the Jewish calendar has reminded us we must fight for the oppressed, and to never forget how powerful hate can be in the hands of evil. The themes of Passover and Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Remembrance Day) resonate deeply against the backdrop of current events and continue to offer valuable lessons in how we conduct ourselves as a community. It is our responsibility as Jews to be up-standers and speak out against injustice, violence and hate. We have all seen the tragic news about attacks and murders of Asians and Asian Americans in recent months in Georgia, in California, in New...

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