(Cincinnati Enquirer, 9/2/21) A recent opinion piece by Gil Spencer, a member of the Enquirer Editorial Board, asks several important questions after a recent conference call with “the braintrust of the Cincinnati Public Schools.” Specifically, he asked a some questions about whether they believe that “systemic racism” is a continuing problem in their schools and, if so, why they haven’t addressed it until very recently. Their answers, in my opinion, were vague and evasive.
Is this the “anti-racist” vision, the CPS school board wants to impose on its students? Equal parts condescension and humiliation?
Given that more than half the district’s students are white, Hispanic or Asian, who could blame their parents for wishing to escape this kind of toxic indoctrination? Those who can afford private education will continue to flee the city’s public classrooms.
Discerning and insulted Black parents will too.
Anti-racism IS racism…on stilts. It openly advocates racial discrimination, encourages children to think of themselves as members of a racial group rather than as individuals, and it deeply insults the character of the students it aims to lift up.
It has no place being preached in our public schools any more than having the Ku Klux Klan invited in to sing the praises of the white race to first graders.