Enjoyed movie in the park

Thank you Edgewood Police Department for the fun evening last Saturday, June 26. We enjoyed the movie in the park (a hoot) and it was so nice to get together with friends and the community for the evening. The free popcorn and water were a bonus. We really appreciate your service to the community!

Susan Hill, Edgewood

Teacher against teaching critical race theory

I haven’t felt so compelled to respond to an opinion piece until I read Merritt Hamilton Allen’s column on critical race theory (“Critical race theory: the worst windmill jousting target yet,” June 25 – July 1). I am a retired school teacher and administrator having spent 25 years in classrooms in public, parochial and Bureau of Indian Affairs schools. While her entire tone was condescending towards critics of CRT (“inane culture war,” “dog whistle”) I am really astounded at her lack of understanding of how these top-down programs land on our administrators and our teachers with very little input from those of us who actually have to implement them. Remember Common Core, brought to us by the Bill and Melinda Gates foundation, and the Koch brothers? Me neither.

The National Education Association is funding a campaign to target states which have voted to reject CRT in their schools. The following is from the NEA website: Critical race theory, originated from legal studies and, at its most basic definition, is thinking about the ways that racism—particularly White supremacy, anti-Blackness, and various kinds of racialized inequality—is embedded into law and legal practice, as well as other kinds of policy within institutions.

President Biden has stated that White supremacy is the greatest threat to America… not China, not a nuclear Iran, not Russia.

From the American Bar Association website: “CRT is not a diversity and inclusion “training” but a practice of interrogating the role of race and racism in society that emerged in the legal academy and spread to other fields of scholarship. Crenshaw—who coined the term “CRT”—… critiques how the social construction of race and institutionalized racism perpetuate a racial caste system that relegates people of color to the bottom tiers. CRT also recognizes that race intersects with other identities, including sexuality, gender identity, and others. CRT recognizes that racism is not a bygone relic of the past. Instead, it acknowledges that the legacy of slavery, segregation, and the imposition of second-class citizenship on Black Americans and other people of color continue to permeate the social fabric of this nation.”

Excuse me, Ms. Allen, but CRT most certainly does wish “to indoctrinate schoolchildren that the U.S. is inherently a racist country.”

Besides teaching reading, writing and arithmetic all these years, the vast majority of colleagues and I have poured our hearts and minds into teaching all kinds of children with the belief that all children are capable of learning, and that we are all created in the image and likeness of our Creator. CRT is divisive, and is in itself a racist, hateful ideology.

Paula Domino DeHaas